Disclosure: We were provided with four tickets to review Disney on Ice. In line with my PR & review policy, this review represents my honest opinion.
On Saturday afternoon, we headed into Birmingham City Centre to watch the Disney on Ice show at the NIA. It was FANTASTIC.
We parked up in the NIA car park, and found the queue & entrance easily. Our tickets were checked as we entered and our bag searched. We found our seats easily, with the help of one of the many stewards that were dotted around the arena. The NIA is undergoing a refurbishment at the moment, which is nearly complete, and the new chairs were comfy and the loos much improved.
There were a number of souvenir and snack stands dotted around – overpriced, of course, but James was a softie and treated me to a programme and the kids to some flashing headgear. We were pretty impressed by the included slip of paper saying that they all came with a two year guarantee.
The show itself was hosted by Minnie and Mickey Mouse, who came on between acts, along with Goofy, Donald & Daisy Duck, and Stitch at various points. Georgie and Lydia are big Minnie Mouse fans so they got really excited during these bits!
Each scene within the show is a tribute to a different Disney film or concept; beginning with Aladdin. I found this a little bittersweet as it features the genie quite heavily, with voiceover and singing by Robin Williams. The show also included songs and characters from Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast, Toy Story, Pinocchio, Mulan, The Incredibles and The Lion King. We got a taste of Disneyworld with It’s a Small World and a bit of a parade, and all the Disney Princesses came out onto the ice to skate with their beaus.
The skating was magnificent, and it was utterly amazing what the skaters were doing in their huge costumes. Seeing a fish skate was impressive enough; when a giant shark appeared with two skaters inside, skating in sync with each other to navigate around the ice, my jaw dropped. It’s hard enough doing that sort of two-people-one-costume on solid land, let alone on ice!
My favourite bit was the Beauty and the Beast scene; with my favourite songs from the film and all the best characters included. The final ice dance of the scene between the human Prince and Belle was really beautiful to watch.
Georgie and Lydia loved the show, and although they did wriggle about a bit they watched it all and enjoyed it immensely. Lydia jiggled and clapped and danced along, all the way through the performance. During the toy soldiers section of Toy Story (I don’t know, but I’ve been told, marching on ice is mighty cold!) she even slipped off her seat and marched along to the music.
It was a great way to spend an afternoon, and a fab treat for all the family. We will certainly be going to watch the next Disney on Ice show that comes to Birmingham & I highly recommend this one to any Disney fan; it’s not to be missed!