Parents are allotted a short — precious — window to cram in kid-fun before those darlings grow up and go all eye-rolly on you. Take Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic. I missed my window. But did that stop me? Not one bit. Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic hit Atlanta and my heart soared. Nevermind that my boys are 12 and one is closing in on six feet. I secured tickets for my husband, myself, and my tweens. Oh sure, there was some whining, but at this point? I’m immune.
As a little girl I was taken to the Ice Capades and was entranced by the sophisticated ice dancing and glittering costumes. I wanted my boys to see the action. So, one evening, scores of little Elsas and Annas decked in princess couture from their tiny crowns to their little clip-clop “glass” slippers and my large male family made ourselves comfortable in Atlanta’s Philips Arena and waited for the show to begin.
The First Hour
The performance opened with our host and hostess, Mickey and Minnie, giggling and welcoming everyone to the show. More giggling. More welcoming. My husband glanced at me. (Uh, oh. I’d seen friendlier looks.) As the show unfolded, one Disney character after another held court on ice. We’re talking princesses, Toy Story friends, Elsa and Anna and about fifty famous Disney characters. A few beloved Disney characters danced alone. Many danced in pairs. And one group ice-danced an entire Disney story. All danced to the beautiful Disney music that many of us can recite from memory: “Tale as old as time, true as it can be…” The first hour closes, giving the Elsas and Annas a 15-minute break.
The Second Hour
The second hour begins and I wondered what could be left. Hadn’t we seen the main Disney celebs? No spoilers here, folks. I won’t go into specifics because second hour surprises are part of the excitement. And the grand finale? Put it this way: I glanced over and saw my husband and two towering boys clapping wildly as the ice dancers bring the show to a powerful conclusion.
The show is designed for kids ages 2 and up. My boys advise that kids 4 to about 10 are the perfect age to see the show. I agree. As we were leaving the arena, I noticed many toddlers asleep on their parents’ shoulders. It turns out they’d caught the first hour and then fell asleep.
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic is performing into 2016 and possibly beyond. In late October, November and December 2015 the show is on the East Coast and travels into North Carolina. In 2016, the 100 Years of Magic heads into the Midwest, back to the East Coast and then into the South. Check for further locations and dates at Ticketmaster.com. All guests ages 2 and over must have a ticket.
1. Arrive an hour early for good parking.
2. Bring a jacket or a sweater. Ice arenas gets chilly.
3. Feed kids well before you arrive (easy on the liquid): the venue won’t allow outside food or drinks.
4. Save big by purchasing LED-based wands online and neon bracelets and necklaces at a discount store weeks before the show.
— Wendy Irvine
Wendy Irvine is a homeschooling mom of twin 12-year-old beach fanatics. Follow Wendy’s family travel tips on Twitter @WendyIrvine.