I adored this magical performance of Disney On Ice- MICKEY & MINNIE’S MAGICAL JOURNEY. Why? It was something a little different- a nearly Princess-free show! Yes, yes, we all love the princesses. But so often, the shows are just consumed by them- in fact, the last show was called Princesses on Ice, LOL. So, how refreshing for a little change in the line-up. The vacation theme? You know I loved that! One more thing I loved, as a mommy of a little guy? There was almost nothing at all (AT ALL) scary in this show. I will elaborate.
Most of the shows have villains, yes? Because that is what Disney does- show the good triumph over evil- but lets be real. Some of those characters can be quite dark, and I quite often get emails, tweets, and comments asking if I think that a young child would be afraid. For this show, I can answer NO- I think almost any child wouldn’t have a moments fear. There were only two times that only the most fearful child would screech- but I didn’t hear any, and honestly they were trivial moments, very brief, and super non-frightening. I would without a doubt bring a small child to this show without a worry in the world about scary characters.
In Act One of this show, we were treated to my son’s favorite- The Lion King! He was in love with the “soft costumes, not plastic costumes” that Simba and Nala wore. While he likes Rafiki, Pumbaa and Timone- it’s of course Simba that took the cake for him. They did a wonderful job transitioning juvenile Simba to the adult, as well.
The world according to Little Man- “They had soft costumes, so Simba was huggy and soft, since he is a baby. Then Big Simba came and played with Nala and his friends. But Scar didn’t even come, since I know he knows what happens next- off the rock. Yeah, but he didn’t even come today. So that’s good for Simba. Simba hates fighting.” There you have it- Little Man’s first Disney review, LOL. (He was asked by a third party what he thought of the show, LOL- and that was his answer. I am glad I had a notebook to write it down, it amused me!)
Enter the Little mermaid- under the sea! Since we are taking a vacation, you know we have to visit the ocean We can all use a little more seashore! No scary transformations, crashing ships, Sebastian chopping scenes, and the slippery eels are not frightening at all. They are quiet and on the sidelines. Ursala is there, of course, but not terrifying- and when Prince Eric has to vanquish her- there is nothing to it. She is a balloon, and she deflates slowly. No biggie- but it was fun to watch! (She looks like one of those giant lawn balloons you may use for holidays- but bigger!)
Most of The Little Mermaid’s act is taken up by the sweet song and dance number “Kiss the Girl”. They also do as an opening, “Triton’s Daughters”. All well done, fun, and friendly!
(By the way? LOVE the flamingos!)
Aloha! Next up is your favorite monster (besides your kids), Stitch! Lilo and Stich and their fun patchwork “ohana” help Stitch learn the true meaning of friendship and family while learning to have a little more fun and a little faith in each other as well. Will Stitch turn out to be the good guy that this family needs? Only time (and an intergalactic space crew!) will find out. How much fun is THAT? This was mommy’s favorite, LOL.
But I guess you knew that if you put a cute alien and Hawaii together, you wouldn’t have a hard time making me love it, ay? My favorite part of the show, for sure.
After intermission, Act Two brings us the Finale- PETER PAN! You can fly, you can fly, you can fly! Just take the second star to the left, and straight on ’till morning (and let’s not forget, everyone’s favorite pixie, Tinkerbell!) A Disney favorite, Tink may be as visible lately as Mickey Mouse himself, LOL. Wendy, Micheal, and John are off to Neverland for a swashbuckling adventure, battling the mean Captian Hook and his band of pirates. The Lost Boys, happy to find a mother in Wendy, are excited and welcome the newest additions to Neverland. But when Captain Hook finds Peter Pan’s hideout- lets just say that there is a Certain Croc we are glad is on Peter’s side (First a man in a costume, then also a giant inflatable.)
We love the Disney on Ice shows, and this is no different, and in my opinion, was every bit as good as Toy Story- which you know we ADORED! If you have little ones, this is one you will want to see.
If you have not bought your tickets yet, there is still time! Go to http://disney.go.com/disneyonice/ and get yours now!