My Disney On Ice Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From my childhood, I seem to remember Disney On Ice as being Mickey and his crew skating around for half an hour, with no clear objective and random Disney tunes playing in the background. How times have changed. Then again, I sometimes also forget what I had for lunch the previous day and I lose my car keys at least twice a week so my childhood memory could be skewed.

Of course, I have no concept of dollar value from 25 years ago, so whether it was worth my parents hard earned money or not, I have no idea. What I do understand is today’s dollar value and I’m here to break down what I saw last night.

Let’s start from the top. There were 4 of us going to the show with children under 2 being free. That’s great until you realize that it means no 4th seat for coats/bags/etc. Don’t under estimate the importance of the extra seat. We didn’t pay for the extra seat and here’s the breakdown on why.

- 3 Tickets @ $15 each, we got them through one of those Groupon type sites so it wasn’t a bad deal until you get hit with the fees associated to the tickets. What should have been $45 quickly turned into $70. FAIL.

- Parking for packed hockey games is $12, Parking for 1/4 Disney on Ice event is $12, FAIL.

- 1 Tinkerbell doll – $24; 1 set of Incredibles’ figurines – $30 ( The figurine set was actually reasonably priced so props to that). The doll is a FAIL though, lol.

- 2 Hot Dogs, 1 Poutine, 1 Pizza Slice, Small Drink – $26. Parent FAIL for giving the kids Hot Dogs I guess.

That was it for the spending, the entire evening came out to about $165 for the 4 of us, which I guess isn’t the worst. Plus we could have had dinner at home before hand but I worked until about 10 minutes before we had to leave. Plus, the toys were technically the kids Valentine’s Day presents, as were the tickets I guess, spoiled much?

On to the show! We had some great seats, thanks to my beautiful wife. We were about 5 rows up from the ice, right in the center and on the aisle, which I find to be a huge deal with little kids. The show started at 7pm, so I expected to be driving home by about 8:15pm…wrong!

I’m not going to breakdown the whole show, just the highlights as I noticed them. For the most part, men are less interested in things like figure skating and Disney princesses than they are with hockey and heist movies (my favorite). This event was no exception for me.

For me, events like this provide me with two joys. The first is watching the excitement on my own kids faces when they get to see all their favorite characters up close. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing my kids happy and Disney On Ice does the job well.

The second thing I get to do during these outings is people watch. Don’t pretend you don’t do it, we all do it to varying degrees. My degree happens to be a high one as this is one of my favorite pastimes and Disney On Ice does not disappoint!

Within seconds of sitting down, an older usher asks my wife this question about my daughter, “She’s cute, are you still nursing her?”, WHAT?! He then went on to explain that they had a specific section set aside for nursing mothers. My wife politely declined and he went on his way. Here’s some thoughts on this interaction.

First, I actually thought he meant that they had a day care on site to watch young kids during the show, this is because I am a man and couldn’t imagine ever asking a woman if she was still breastfeeding and honestly, I couldn’t care less if she was. My second reaction was, did his employer put him up to asking every mother with a younger looking child if they are still breastfeeding so they could use the magical Disney Breastfeeding Center in section 203? If so, I now feel for the usher because that’s way worse than your wife asking you to buy her feminine products.

We were lucky enough to have a couple Disney characters sitting right in our row too, which was nice. Remember Skippy from Family Ties? He was sitting right next to me and was more into the show than any kid I saw the whole time we were there. The downside to this fellow is that he was 9 feet tall and was seriously encroaching onto my side of the seating plan. I let it go for the sake of my children but I could have taken him if I wanted to, lol.

We also had this woman in our row. I`m not really sure if she was with anyone but she had the huge fur coat and was really into staring at random people for no good reason. I gave her a pass when I realized that I was doing the exact same thing, minus the fur coat and with a little more tact. I kept waiting for Dalmatians to come running from under her seat but it never happened. I guess Cruella De Vil wasn’t a part of the show.

As for the actual show, not much to report. My son has the same face at every single event we’ve ever gone to. It’s a face that has me constantly him if he is enjoying himself because it’s impossible to read. Need some examples? Here’s some live action shots from The Wiggles, Backyardigans and Disney on Ice from last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, that’s my boy!

As for Julia, she couldn’t have been created any more opposite from her brother. I honestly thought we were going to have to take her to CHEO when Minnie Mouse (her favorite) finally came out. She started shaking uncontrollably and pointing to the ice yelling “Mouse, mouse, mouse!!!!!”, to the point where she started crying and scaring her parents. Here’s what her Disney experience looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

My Mom used to tell me that I would do they shaking/crying thing when Ernie and Bert would come on TV and I always called her a liar and said I would never do that. I guess I owe an apology now because I have passed this trait on to my daughter…

The rest of the night went about according to plan, except for the length of the show. Every time I thought it was ending, a new princess would come flying out, ruining my aspirations for a good night’s sleep.

At the very end, all the characters came out for one final number. The only problem I had with this is that we had bought my son a set of Incredibles figures to remember the trip (read:keep him happy) and while the Incredibles had opened the show, they didn’t come out at the end?! Here he was holding up his guys for all to see but his heroes were a no show. Instead, we got to see characters that weren’t in the show in the first place – Yeah, I’m talking to you Mulan!

Overall, expensive but great family night out and we even got a treat on the way home as my son and I had this memorable conversation.

Did you take your kids to Disney On Ice? Let me know in the comments section how you enjoyed your experience?

Cheers!!

 

12 replies
  1. Erin Blaskie says:

    Wait… they had a breastfeeding section? Why? Does Disney On Ice not realize that BFing mothers can BF their babies wherever they want? Or, did they have some special section set up for comfort with nursing pillows? I’d be curious to know why they felt that they needed a specific section to set the nursing mothers and babies into… Any ideas? (I’m still nursing Willow so obviously I have no problem with toddlers nursing and realize that it can be precarious to nurse them at that age… feet in the mouth anyone?!)

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    • Chris says:

      My best guess is that they have it for mother’s who don’t feel comfortable bf’ing in that type of setting. I was so confused by his original question, I really didn’t think to ask why they had that section. It was definitely a strange conversation starter, lol.

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    • Kristine says:

      As for the breastfeeding comment – lol. It threw me for a loop because I had to process what he was asking me as I have not breastfed my daughter in 1.5 years so was not expecting the question. I do have to say i felt differently about the question, I thought GREAT if I was breastfeeding it would have been wonderful to have had a place to discreetly do it – for those of us who had a hard time doing it in public places. I don’t think he was implying I wasn’t able to do it at my seat if i wanted to but just that there was an option….but who knows now a days.. I could be wrong :)

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  2. Jessica says:

    You got screwed every way you can think of. We went Wednesday (opening night) and the tickets were only $15 each.I paid for 3 of us to go and the tickets came to $60. Our parking was only $7. We did eat before we left and i brought snacks and drink. I did buy Austin a sword that was way over priced ($20) and all it did was light up. Over all we spent $87. It was well worth it.

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    • Chris says:

      We did have the extra kid to buy for so with that and the food, we paid about the same. I know the kids had a blast though and that always makes it worth the price for me:)

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  3. Rachel says:

    First let me say, I love your blog. Best blog ever!

    I did my kids to Disney on ice last night. The tickets cost me nothing at all (I won them) and the seats were great! 5 seats (an extra for diaper bag and coats) on the Isle in the hundreds section about 7 rows from the Ice. I didn’t buy any of the toys (my girls wanted to rapunzel headbands but $22 each, are you kidding me? for fake hair braided onto a piece of cheap plastic?) I did however get suckered into the $15 snowcone with the “sovenier” tinker bell cup.

    Now I am a nursing mom and no one came to ask me if I needed a place to breastfeed which was fine by me, I had planned to discreetly stay in my seat to feed her no matter what and would have not been nice about it had I been asked to go elsewhere.

    Overall, I loved the experience. My parents never really took us anywhere so it was a first for me. My girls seemed to love the whole thing, I would take them again next year if there is another Disney on Ice show.

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    • Chris says:

      First things first, you are too kind about the blog but Thank You anyway:)

      As for the breastfeeding, I should point out that my wife is not nursing anymore, which made the conversation even more awkward, lol.

      I`m glad you had fun at the show!! Thanks for posting.

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  4. bschooled says:

    I’m not kidding, I would borrow someone’s kid just to sit in the breast feeding section. Not because I’m some creepy childless woman who enjoys watching mothers breastfeed (I promise I don’t), only because I’m fascinated that such a thing exists.

    I can just imagine saying to my friends, “What a great show! They even set us up in the V.I.L (Very Important Lactators) section…”

    On second thought, maybe that does make me creepy…?

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    • Chris says:

      LOL, I pictured it with Mickey and Minnie in there greeting people with mouse ears while Donald Duck rambled on incoherently.

      Thanks for commenting, it means a lot!

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  5. melanie jean juneau says:

    i am in awe of your website. right now i can only type words and pester my kids to set up the rest. Your blog is the first one i am following and now i realize i do not have to write short stilted blogs but can write to my hearts content. thank-you chris–melanie

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    • Chris says:

      Thanks Melanie, you are well on your way already. I find the hardest part is coming up with ideas to write about and I think you have a few stories up your sleeve already, lol.

      BTW, your link didn’t work so I’ll post it here. http://motherofnine9.blogspot.com/

      Let me know if you ever need any help and I’ll be there!

      Chris

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  6. Whispered Inspirations says:

    Oh my goodness, what an awkward situation and I agree that they may not realize mamas can breastfeed no matter where they are! LOL. What an experience, thanks for sharing!

    Nancy

    SASS

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