Last week all of the magic of Disney came to Yorkshire. Disney on Ice brought their 2017 spectacular show “A Passport to Adventure” to Sheffield Fly DSA Arena, and we were lucky enough to be invited! Our two tots are now 3 & 5 and this was their very first taste of Disney live-action. To say that we were all excited is more than an understatement.
Ready.. Set… Sparkle!
We had chosen the Sunday morning showing at 1030 and so we were up and searching out tiaras and sparkly shoes as soon as we leapt out of bed (I say leapt – it was 6am for us because parent-life.) Before we knew where the time had gone we were all in the car and on our way to Sheffield.
We had allowed plenty of time as we expected parking to be a bit, well “challenging”. We arrived at 9.45 having fuelled up with a gingerbread latte to-go for our journey. There was actually ample parking on site in the arena charged (for this event) at £7 per car. This left us with all the time a tiny princess needs for last-minute tiara adjustments, before we joined the excited families on their way into the venue.
Disney On Ice at Fly DSA Arena
The arena itself is well signed and we quickly found our seats, having spent a few minutes browsing the fantastic merchandise. There was a great range on offer including official Disney light up toys and multi-coloured ice slushies which Olaf himself would be proud of. (A nod to fellow grown-ups though: The goodies on offer looked amazing but they did carry quite a price tag. Not necessarily more than you would probably expect at an event like this, but each light up toy was around £20. Good to be prepared, so that you can divert tiny attention beforehand if this is more than you would want to find yourself paying.)
Inside the arena the atmosphere was electric. The darkness twinkled with the colourful light up toys of so many excited little Disney fans. The ice glowed, the music started and we were welcomed by a team of dancers. We were all invited to join in the “Fit To Dance” pre-show warm up. Our two were really excited to see two characters from Zootropolis join in with the fun and they happily bounced and clapped along.
On with the show!
You could literally feel the wonder as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy opened the show and became our tour guides. They promised a journey through enchanting lands and they did not disappoint. The show took us through four different beloved Disney stories, each with their own unique landscapes and magical effects.
The African Pride Lands
We all love The Lion King, and it was such a warm and wonderful way to start our adventure. Classical songs from the film including Circle Of Life, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Hakuna Matata thrilled us all as they filled the arena. The littles were delighted to see Timon and Pumbaa, and “Daddy Pig” and I were wowed by the technical skill of the dancers as Simba and Nala performed to the beautiful Can You Feel The Love Tonight.
With A Sprinkle Of Fairy Dust…
We were swiftly whisked to the atmospheric streets of London and The Darling household for the story of Peter Pan. I thought that the effects in this part of the show were some of the best. Tinkerbell sparkled and Peter performed a brilliant piece with his “shadow”. With a sprinkle of fairy dust all the tiny eyes were wide with wonder as Wendy, John and Michael took flight to Neverland.
Captain Hook and Smee played brilliant baddies and brought a touch of humour, along with more dazzling effects. A certain bitey friend of theirs also joined the ice and had the littles both pointing and gasping!
Even Disney Heroes Need A Quick Break
As the lights came up our biggest little sat perfectly still and said “But I don’t want it to end!”. She was relieved to hear that we were only half way through, and with a quick nip for refreshments we were ready for more. We had been prepared for huge queues in the interval but actually they seemed to have it all very well covered. Stalls were swiftly wheeled into place inside the arena and members of staff walked the aisles offering goodies for sale.
Under The Sea
The lights soon dimmed once more and our tour guides swept us away to our next aquatic destination for The Little Mermaid. The underwater effects were magical with colourful lights, bubbles and hypnotic dances. It was lovely to see everyone’s favourites Flounder and Sebastian, and our littles had great fun booing Ursula as she made her larger than life appearances.
And For The Finale…
It couldn’t really be a Disney ice-spectacular without visiting Arendelle now could it? The stage was transformed once more and the opening part of the story unfolded. As Elsa unleashed her wintery spell on the land, the ice-stage filled with snow as it fluttered down creating a blizzard effect. I don’t think that there was a closed mouth in the audience as Else soared around the ice performing her iconic “Let It Go.”
The ice performance of Frozen was even more stunning than the film in my opinion. I even came home with an urge to let the tots indulge in it on repeat all over again.
Disney On Ice: A Passport To Adventure – A Journey To Remember
Finally, the show finished with all of the cast on the ice and huge applause. We made our way out and back to the car, all beaming and feeling utterly wowed. Miss Tot immediately asked if she could go again very soon.
I had been worried that it might have been too much for our littlest as he is only just 3. (He has the attention span of a carrot.) I won’t lie – there were a few times when his mind wandered. The great thing about this show being so family friendly though is that this wasn’t an issue. No tuts. No angry glances. A quick hug from Mum or Dad and a giggle together and he was soon mesmerised again by the show.
Overall we thought that the show was truly enchanting. Disney On Ice has kicked off the festive season for us in the most magical way.
Will we be back next year? ….Oh yes we will!
You can find out more about Disney On Ice – A Passport To Adventure and buy tickets here.
Please note: Aside from the collage above, the images that I have included are promotional images by Disney on Ice. This is only because I felt that the action shots I had captured from our seats didn’t really do justice to the brilliant effects and costumes. We were kindly given complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All views, opinions and general giddiness are of course 100% my own.