Last night, we attended Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate at the Patriot Center.
I live in Maryland. Driving to Fairfax, VA on a school night for a 7pm show takes some serious commitment. Every year I vow to never do it again and the cycle repeats itself. I can not say no to Disney. I just can’t. Even if it means beltway traffic and staying up well past bedtime on a school night.
It is always worth it. Always.
Facing what I imagine must be a real challenge to make the show different enough to compel you to come back each year, this year Feld Entertainment‘s production is themed around celebrations, ranging from birthdays through the calendar of holidays like Halloween and Christmas or welcoming spring, while simultaneously weaving in some Princess story lines. It was lovely, through the over 90 minute production, we all were thoroughly enjoying ourselves while fielding the following question repeatedly “When can we go back to Disney World?”
What I enjoyed most during the show were the surprises – Mickey dancing on ice with a rink filled with dancing brooms – fabulous. Or the Villains taking center stage during the Halloween theme portion of the show and finally, our favorite toys from Toy Story making a grand entrance during the Christmas theme segment. Note – you don’t read me for my photography skills – obviously:
But the pig and T-Rex from Toy Story – Swoon. Also – imagine skating in those costumes! Obviously I’d look better in one of those costumes than in say, Princess Jasmine’s two piece, but it’s questionable whether or not I’m even coordinated enough to walk in the Pig or T-Rex costume, let alone move with a sharp blade attached to my foot, gracefully.
I also always think a challenge must be making the show relevant to little boys and again, Feld Entertainment’s production knocked it out of the park. The celebration theme was not dominated by princesses but for one main song at the end of the first half. We relished in the villains and spookiness of Halloween, the Chinese dragon and Mulan to celebrate spring and our friends from Toy Story to honor the holidays. Honestly, for any child around ages 2 and up, it’s a great performance.
I should add the inclusion of Lilo & Stitch to celebrate summer was also really fun and different this year and the Hawaiian theme song had me fantasizing about a Caribbean vacation even though it’s been cold for what, all of one day?
For those thinking of the evening performances, our show began at 7pm, intermission started before 8pm and the show wrapped before 9pm. Overall, I don’t think it was quite 90 minutes – so it was certainly pretty late for a school night, but we pulled it off. We also managed to avoid dropping a wad of cash by not allowing our children to leave their seats during intermission.
Don’t miss this fun-filled show, running only through this weekend at the Patriot Center:
Thursday, October 24th @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 25th @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26th @ 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 27th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Disclosure: I received tickets from Feld Entertainment to attend the opening night but my opinions here are all my own.