Disney on Ice 2019: Magical Ice Festival

As someone who loves the magic of Disney, I’ve been to Disney on Ice a couple of times before, but this year was only the second time the Twincesses have been to the show.

Magical Ice Festival is the latest offering from Disney on Ice and it takes us through four Disney stories:

• The Little Mermaid

• Rapunzel

• Beauty and the Beast

• Frozen

The first three are easily my top favorite Disney Classic movies, so I was in for a real treat… however the show lacked the variety I had seen in previous years. Rather than provide the favorite snippets from a wide selection of Disney movies, this year’s show focused on the complete stories of Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle and the Arendelle sisters, giving us several songs from each movie as it followed their story is it’s (almost) entirety.

Again, I loved the show as is was a selection of my favorite movies, so I got to enjoy songs that aren’t usually part of the Disney on Ice setlist such as “Mother Knows Best” from Tangled and “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast.

Moms of little boys may have left feeling a little dissatisfied, as the show was hugely “Princess” orientated and there was no songs/ storylines from any other Disney movies except those four listed above.

The hosts were Mickey and Minnie, who brought along beloved friends Donald Duck and Goofy. We did get to see Cinderella’s stepsisters singing a tune, but not Cinderella herself.

The crowd went crazy for the Frozen portion of the show, cementing the fact that Disney’s modern princesses appeal to the younger generation. Personally, I would have loved to see some Moana in this year’s line up… not only is she my favorite modern Disney story, but it would have also injected some diversity into the show. And really, how amazing are the songs from Moana? Disney here’s a tip: Get Moana in your lineup! You’re welcome.

The usual snack selection was on sale, but I have to admit the prices are steep. Parents should budget around R200-R350 per child for Disney branded snacks alone. The Disney slushies in mugs are approximately R170 and candy floss (which comes with either a plastic crown or Olaf hat) is R120.

Popcorn in a small Disney box was the most economical snack at R30, while the popcorn in Disney branded bags are R120.

So yeah, not cheap, but many parents had budgeted for snacks from past experience, or simply because it was a once-off treat.

There’s also a wide variety of Disney merchandise available to purchase, but having just spoiled the girls with toys at Disneyland Paris, I quickly ushered them past the toy vendors before they could mutter “I want”…

To be honest the merchandise is grossly overpriced, seeing as they are imported items usually not available for sale in SA outside of the event. Light up wands cost R320 and plush dolls were around the same price.

My one main gripe though was the inconsideration shown by people who arrived late, or walked about during the show. Come on people… that’s really not on!

We were seated next to a mom who thought it was ok to let her two-year old run around in front of the stage (appearing in several of my photographs) and then frequently ran after him while he howled in protest… talk about a distraction from the main event.

If you bring really young children to the show, it’s only fair that you take them outside if they start to fuss/scream so as not to disturb other people who’ve paid a lot of money to enjoy the show. It’s for this reason I waited until the girls were well over three years old before I took them to Disney on Ice.

All in all, it was a beautiful show, beautiful costumes and amazing choreography. I enjoyed my all-time Disney favorites with my two favorite girls and couldn’t really have asked for more. Thank you for always bringing the magic, Disney!

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Disney On Ice at Durban ICC

I got back from my epic European trip (including Disneyland) and found myself attending Disney On Ice the very next day. What a way to ease into real life!

I attended Disney On Ice only once before, in Paris. It ways magical…. BUT, all the epic Disney songs I know and love were translated to French for the French audience. I was able to follow along, but it just wasn’t the same.

So I was greatly looking forward to the show when they arrived in Durban!

I took my Twincesses along for the treat. Avalon decided to dress us as Merida, who is by far her most favorite princess. Harper went as Aurora only because we didn’t have a Moana ensemble for her to wear.

The show was held at the Durban ICC and was well organized in terms of parking and logistics. We had front row seats so we were pretty close to the action.

The theme of this particular show, “Dream Big” was all about dreams and wishes, and started with Tinkerbell taking us through an epic journey through Disney’s classic tales of hopes and dreams.

We got to sing along with Snow White, Cinderella, Tiana, and Belle. We fought witches and slayed dragons before tumbling head first into the much-loved story of two sisters from Arendelle.

The show was enthralling from start to finish. I don’t hide the fact that I have and always will be a major Disney geek… so it’s highly possible I enjoyed the performances even more than my girls.

The show makes its way across SA and I’d highly recommend getting a ticket to a performance near you.

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