We are HUGE Disney fans at our house and love a chance to get a bit of Disney magic close to home. So when Disney on Ice comes to Cleveland, we always get tickets. This year I was a bit apprehensive because last year we were treated to Frozen on Ice which was truly beautiful beyond words. I wasn’t sure after seeing Frozen that 100 Years of Magic would entertain. I should have know that Disney wouldn’t disappoint.
First, be sure to allot plenty of extra time to get to The Q. Disney on Ice does cause quite a bit of traffic. Plus you need to allot for time to park, walk to the Q, get through security, and find your seats.You don’t want to miss a moment of the magic because your forgot little legs don’t walk as quickly as yours.
Seats for Disney on Ice range in price from $20 to $75. We opted for the $25 tickets and were more than satisfied with our seats in the club section. If you purchase your tickets directly from The Q, I would suggest getting the $12 parking at that time. Parking in the same garage the day of the show was $25. The cheapest parking I saw nearby was $15. Although there may be better deals a bit further away from the Q, who really wants to walk that far in the Cleveland winter with little ones?
The show itself got off to a bit of a slow start with Mickey and Minnie leading a group dance. Of course, I joined the dancing much to my kids’ dismay. I didn’t notice many people joining in the dancing fun. It was a rather awkward start. Perhaps the dance would have gotten a better response if the music was from a Disney classic instead of an unfamiliar song.
However, after the dancing the real show begins. Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic retells the stories of many of Disney’s famous movies. There is a good mix of old and new so Disney fans of all ages are entertained. The stories include: Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, The Lion King, and Toy Story. There is also a segment where the Disney princesses perform to one of their songs. I felt there was a good balance to the show in that it very gender neutral in appeal. The music was mostly favorites from Disney movies. However, there were some new songs as well.
Frozen is the longest segment in the show. If you think Frozen has over-stayed its welcome, you are sorely mistaken. You should have heard the screams of excitement when Anna appeared on the ice. Frozen is followed by a brief (a little under 20 minutes) intermission. You will have plenty of time to a bathroom break and to check out the souvenirs.
The second half of the show is much shorter than the first. It’s about 25 minutes in length compared to an hour for the first half. If you feel inclined to buy your children the super-tempting snow cones, I highly suggest purchasing them before the show. I purchased them at intermission, and the kids were not even close to finished with them when the show was over. Translation: my car is now an even stickier and sweeter mess than it was before because there is no way we were dumping $12-15 snow cones.
Obviously, this show is very kids friendly. There are 3 segments that contain mild violence as seen in the movies. They are during Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Frozen. They are short and follow the storyline of the movies, so if your children have seen these Disney movies they likely won’t be disturbed. There are also some pyrotechnics during the show. From our seats they were not overly loud. One of my kids is very sensitive to sounds, and he was not bothered by them. Most of the fireworks are at the end of the show.
Overall, my kids and I LOVED the show. Each one of us had a different favorite part. Personally, I loved the Mulan segment. The entire show last about 2 hours. Even though it didn’t top last year’s Frozen on Ice, it was a great show filled with many of our favorite characters and songs. We look forward to seeing what new year brings!