We won’t be going back to Disney World until December which seems forever away so we snuck in a little magic when I took the kids to see Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic yesterday. It was their first Disney on Ice experience and I had not been since I was a kid. 100 Years of Magic was a great show, highlighting so many of the beloved characters from the last 100 years. It was so fun seeing their excitement as a new character skated out and I felt like a kid again myself. We will definitely do Disney on Ice again. I am reaching around patting myself on the back for taking them solo as Dad was visiting his parents in Ireland. If you’re planning to check out a Disney on Ice in your town show soon (and you totally should!) here’s some tips that might make your outing a little more successful!
- Know the Show Before You Go. As I mentioned we went to see the 100 Years of Magic and as you can see by the photos it was a Disney lovers dream and featured almost all of the characters. There are different touring shows though so be sure and research who will be in your show before purchasing tickets and going. Here are their current shows. It also would be a good idea to talk to the kids about who they will be seeing and maybe even more importantly who they won’t be seeing. No one is going to have any fun if a kiddo had their heart set on seeing Lightening McQueen and you’re at a Frozen show and the waterworks start.
2. Allow Extra Time for Traffic and Parking. Disney on Ice is a popular event. That means traffic around the venue is probably going to be pretty stuffed. I allowed an extra 15 minutes above what the navigation time said it would take to get there. It wasn’t enough. The line of cars to get into the venue went under an underpass and we creeped one by one until we diverged to the 4-5 parking ticket booths. We wound up missing the first 15 minutes (Luckily it was a 90 minute show.) and were that family coming in late in the dark crawling over people hoping not to spill drinks and popcorn on other people. Don’t be like us. Also, if you want to avoid waiting in the parking lot as the masses file out one by one after the show, you can miss the finale. We didn’t do this and the finale was wonderful but we saw several families wanting to “beat the traffic”.
3. Baby It Might Be Cold Inside. I packed hoodies in our backpack because well, it is an ice show. I dressed the kids in pants and short sleeve Disney T shirts. Layers are your friend. We actually wound up not needing the hoodies but I’ve had friends who went to see a show in other cities say they definitely needed theirs so better safe than sorry.
4. Showing Your Disney Side is Welcome. Just like at the parks, wearing your ears and dressing up is encouraged. We wore Disney Tshirts and the kids had their light up ears and I had my sparkly ones, but there were also lots of (affiliate links) Elsas and Woodys and even a Mulan or two. My advice for letting the kids dress up for Disney on Ice is the same as for visiting the park: They’re only kids once and there’s something magical about them being dressed up and seeing the characters. However, sometimes that magic is short lived so bring a big purse or a backpack with a change of clothes and big enough if you need a costume change.
5. Fun Without Breaking the Bank Just like the parks Disney On Ice can add up if you let it or aren’t paying attention to budget. Check Groupon for deals on tickets. Food and drink are also expensive. I paid $12 for a couple of souvenir lemonade cups. Ouch. Consider having lunch or dinner before the show so that the family will be less likely to want ALL the snacks. We shared one bucket of popcorn which kept the budget down but in hindsight I wish I had went to a stadium concession stand instead of a Disney on Ice stand for drinks. The food and drinks will be more affordable (but still not cheap) at the venue’s stands. Save the money for souvenirs. Or if you need to keep the cost down there too why not order a glow in the dark (affiliate links) Mickey or Minnie Wand or Minnie glow in the dark head band or Light Up Ears ahead of time which will be cheaper than at the event and surprise them at the show.
Things My Fellow Special Needs Moms Should Know: In terms of outings with autism kiddos we will consider Disney on Ice a smashing success. We brought his headphones and he did use them the whole time. Sensory things to be aware of are that most of the time the lights are out during the show so you can see what’s happening on the ice. There are a few flashing lights and fireworks with this particular show (Check each show individually.) and I really do mean about two instances. Also, it’s crowded and there’s some walking involved.
Disney on Ice can be a great way to get some of the Disney Magic and see your favorite characters for a fun outing with the family or if you’re not heading to the parks anytime soon, but do your homework. I hope these tips help you make a magical time.
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