Last week we were invited to Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure, at the Manchester Arena, and I was both excited and nervous! With Gaz in work, it was down to me to take all four children to the show by myself, navigate my way through Manchester in rush hour traffic and somehow get them all to keep still, and quiet, throughout the show. I really wasn’t sure how it would go!
Before the show we were taken to meet some of the characters, something which Eva, Megan and Harry were terrified by, so much so that Harry hid underneath a table and wouldn’t come out, and the girls refused to open their eyes and even look at them! This did not bode well…..
The show starts with a Fit to Dance pre-show performance from the characters of Zootropolis. I loved that they encouraged the audience to participate and despite their earlier fears, Eva, Megan and Harry very quickly got into the swing of things.
Passport to Adventure is, as the title suggests, based around travelling, led by the iconic Disney characters – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Daisy. They take the audience on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney’s Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Frozen, and let me tell you, it was amazing!!!
We have never been to Disney on Ice before, although I have heard such amazing things about it, and so I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect. When the first performance kicked in with It’s a small world, the children’s faces were just completely mesmerised. Even Lewis who, at thirteen, was adamant that he was far too old for Disney, couldn’t take his eyes off the stage!
Through the African Pridelands with Simba and his friends, we saw Simba grow from a lion cub into a lion, dancing with all of the characters from the film.
The Lion King is one of our favourite Disney movies and so it was lovely to hear Megan singing along beside me, at one point I got a little emotional as she whispered, “Thank you for bringing me to Disney on Ice land!”.
The next act was Peter Pan with performances from the Darling family, Peter, Tinkerbelle and Captain Hook. The ice skating was just breath taking and I was so impressed at their talents.
Far from just ice skating, the performance included so many amazing props and costumes, and even huge pirate ships!
The children’s favourite moment of the act was the giant crocodile which was pretty impressive to see!
With the show attracting lots of little ones it was great that there was a fifteen minute break half way through for toilet stops, drink re-fills and stocking up on popcorn.
The next act started with one of our absolute favourites, The Little Mermaid. The children loved that the arena was filled with thousands of bubbles as the characters danced to some of our favourite songs.
It came as no surprise that the show saved the best for last with a final visit to Arundel to see Anna and Elsa.
When the iconic song “Let it go” came on the arena went wild, even more so when it actually began to snow and a giant ice castle fell from the air. By the end of the show the children, even Lewis, were bursting with excitement and all of them agreed that it was the best show we have ever been to.
All of my worries about them sitting through the show were completely unfounded. They didn’t move a muscle, only to dance along in their seats, and I know that we will definitely go and see more shows now as a family.
You can see Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure at the following venues –
Manchester Until 15th October
Arena Birmingham 18-29 October
SSE Arena Belfast 3-5 November
Citywest Hotel Dublin 10-12 November
FlyDSA Arena Sheffield 15-19 November
The O2 20-30 December
For more information visit Disney on Ice
** We were gifted these tickets for the purpose of our review. All words and opinions are my own. **