Last weekend we were fortunate enough to go and see Disney on Ice at the Capital FM arena in Nottingham. SO first up huge thank you to Dadzclub for sending the tickets in exchange for this review.
From the minute that Mickey and Minnie welcomed us to the show our children were entranced. I don’t think Oren took his eyes off of the ice for the whole show.
The theme for this year was celebrations through the year with some very loose definitions of celebrations but we saw them skate out to Birthdays, Halloween, Valentines day, also Mardi Gras, Summer Holidays and of course finishing with Christmas. We saw Mickie and MInnie, Donald and Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, not to mention Beauty and Beast, Jasmine and Aladdin not to mention cinderella and snow white.
Of course we also had the baddies, so Captain Hook, Jack Skellington, Cruella de Vil and a cast of Zombies, witches and other Disney Baddies took centre stage during the Halloween section
As I said the kids loved it and to be honest so did I, the costumes were great, the whole show just flowed seamlessly and the skating was first class. Some of the tricks, jumps and spins were quite breathtaking to watch and the show obviously has some extremely talented world class skaters.
I was surprised at the amount of scenery changes that also took place, and the way in which so much was changed so easily by dropping various scenery from ceiling. We had great lighting, video screens and fireworks, everything you need for a good show.
To be honest, and I don’t know why, it wasn’t the sort of show that I would have even considered taking the kids to, I had seen it advertised but hadn’t appealed. Now I am a convert and will definitely be keeping an eye out for dates next year.
The organisation and the arena was impressive, and admittedly we chose the morning show, but even so they had plenty of staff to help. Queues to get tickets checked and entry to arena were almost none existent.
All sounds great doesn’t it? Well yes it was from show point of view and as far as children were concerned they loved it, but I certainly do have a few niggles about the whole day. Given that we were fortunate to be given our tickets we still managed to spend £42.00 within minutes of setting for inside the arena. And in total the two hours there cost us over £60.00. The prices of some items there were in my opinion obscene, Candy Floss with very cheap hat £8.00 Popcorn tub £8.00 (poor quality popcorn no less) Spinning lights for the kids £16.00 Program £10.00. I saw more than a few tantrums spoiling peoples days as children clamoured for the items and parents were apologising and stating they simply couldn’t afford them. Add to those costs ticket prices ranging from £22.00 to £36.00 it becomes very expensive day out and looking back I am now not surprised that the arena couldn’t have been more than 60% sold out on our show.