Last night, Lily and I were lucky enough to get to go to the opening night performance of Disney on Ice's Dare To Dream at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. I have to say it was incredible. I haven't been to a Disney on Ice performance before so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I was impressed. The night started out with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy setting a scene and introducing the Princess and the Frog. From the first scene I could tell that this was going to be magical. The brightly colored costumes drew your eyes on the skaters as they glided across the ice, all while dancing to choreography and lip-syncing. Each scene was one that was pivotal to the story and compact enough that my three year old didn't get distracted, but you didn't lose any of the story. The skaters that were Prince Naveen and Tiana were so perfect you'd think that they were drawn themselves. One of my favorite scenes of that story was when Ray, the firefly was talking about his love Evangeline, they spotlighted a star into the middle of the ice and it was the starting point to show the romance between Tiana and her prince.
Once they wrapped up Tiana's happily ever after, in less than 30 seconds Mickey and friends were back out there to introduce to the next story. They use the audience to help in the introduction which Lily really enjoyed as it gave her a chance to yell out an answer. For the next story they went with a classic disney love story, Cinderella. This section was my favorite, so much so I found myself singing along while Lily and I swayed to the music. Disney definitely knows what it's doing when it comes to story telling, because they hit on all the key components that I love about Cinderella:
And they did it in a way that was so visually appealing, the bippity boppity boop section was for lack of better words dazzling, I love the costumes and the entire scene stood out in my mind. The picture below does not do it justice, it was like looking at a diamond in the sunlight, as it moved across the ice, sparkling.
There was a nice intermission in the middle of this story, which was perfect with all the little kids immediately scrambling up the stairs to the restrooms. Disney really took the audience into account, by making sure that the show was timed well with breaks.
The final story, was that of Rapunzel from the story Tangled. Lily was entranced by the air-skating? flying? air-dancing? I'm not even sure how to characterize it, but many of the adventure scenes were in the air and they were definitely a feast for the eyes. From this story, I have to say my favorite characters are that of the ruffians singing about their dreams, and they included it in the performance. I am pretty sure this story was Lily's favorite, she sang along, danced, and wouldn't stop talking about Maximus. Maximus the horse is a key character in the story and he was played without a hitch, jumping and dancing around. I have to say that must be quite a feat as I am pretty sure there are 2 people who are needed to bring Maximus to life. Each scene played out the key pieces until we got to the floating lanterns section. At that point the room went very dark and all you could see was these amazing lanterns rising up into the sky. The illusion was actually pretty spectacular.
Here is a little video of some of the skating:
As the show started to near to an end, Mickey and friends came out dressed to the nines and invited all the other princesses out, the entire audience cheered as each of their favorite princesses skated in with their prince. While every one was on the final Castle there was a surprise, but I'm not going to give it away. It was however Awesome.
I thought originally that I would spend most of the night wrangling Lily into paying attention and watching her enjoy the show, but to my pleasant surprise I was as into it as her. The colors and artistry not to mention the pretty amazing skating kept my attention the whole time. I distinctly remember feeling that disappointment upon it ending that I did when I was a kid. It's rare to get to experience moments of childhood again and this really does do it. My only regret from the evening was not dressing Lily up as her favorite princess, this is a truly appropriate opportunity to dress up and be a princess for an evening.
If you haven't had a chance to go see Disney on Ice Dare to Dream, do everything you can to catch this one! It's in Sacramento, now until the 18th. Tickets are available both at the box office and online..
Disclaimer: I received promotional tickets in order to facilitate my review, all opinions are 100% my own.