Disney On Ice 2017 – Review – Sheffield Arena
Disney On Ice – Review
Sheffield Arena, November 2017
by Richard Jones
Like most families, we had to put our dream Walt Disney World/Disneyland Paris holiday on hold for another year in 2017. Luckily for us and thousands of others, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and co brought the magic to our doorstep, as the Disney On Ice crew rolled into Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena for a week-long stay.
For us, the night started with a meet and greet in the Arena Club’s VIP lounge, where my wife Rachel and I, along with our two daughters, Isla and Evelyn and her friend Grace got the chance to have our pictures taken with Minnie and Mickey.
It was Evelyn’s birthday two days later and meeting these two Disney legends was great way to kick off the celebrations. Ten-year-old Isla also got in on the action and had a couple of selfies taken with the duo.
Then it was into the arena itself. After the fun Fit To Dance pre-show featuring the stars of Zootropolis!, the main event was split into four sections, each set in a different part of the world, with Mickey and co guide us along.
Firstly, we explored the African Pride Lands with Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa. There, the talented performers sang, danced and skated along to classic tunes ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’, ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ and ‘Circle Of Life’.
Then it was off to London with Peter Pan and the Darling children before meeting up with Tinker Bell in Neverland, where Captain Hook and his boisterous pirates are up to no good. Luckily a giant inflatable crocodile made sure the pesky pirate got his comeuppance.
After the interval, we voyaged deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom, complete with bubbles and sea creatures. The Little Mermaid danced along to hit song ‘Part of Your World’ before being joined by Sebastian and Flounder to perform ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Kiss the Girl’. Again, the villain of the piece, Ursula, got her just desserts.
Finally, the moment the girls had been waiting for arrived, as we were whisked away to the wintry wonderland of the No.1 animated feature film of all time, Frozen. Spectacular sets and falling snow effects set up an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favourite huggable snowman Olaf.
As they journeyed to discover that true love is the most magical power of all, the audience was singing and dancing along to the likes of ‘First Time In Forever’, ‘Love Is An Open Door’, ‘In Summer’ and, of course, ‘Let It Go’.
As is always the case with Disney On Ice, Academy Award-winning musical scores were brought to life by world-class skaters, in a fun-packed show that took the little ones’ breaths away.
But a word of warning – merchandise is for sale all over the place at these events, so bring your purse/wallet and be willing to treat the kids to at least one souvenir.
Although the show will provide memories that you will cherish forever and more than adequately provide a winter Disney fix, I can almost guarantee the little ones will still be asking to go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland – probably more than ever before.
If that’s the case, you may have to repeat what I said, and tell them that the dream Disney vacation is on ice, for the time being.