We were very excited to be invited along to the opening night of Disney On Ice Presents Passport To Adventure* in Sheffield last week. Oh my godfathers what an amazing time we had! My girls haven’t stop talking about it since. We have been to Disney On Ice a few times now and I swear it just gets better and better. It was the first time Mr Mostly had been with us and he wasn’t sure what to expect but even he was well and truly wowed by it!
When we arrived at Sheffield Arena we went along to the Arena Club where we were shown to the VIP lounge and given the most amazing goodie bags for the girls. They could hardly wait to take a look at the program to see which of our Disney favourites would be in the show. When it was time to take our seats we entered the arena through a dedicated entrance in the lounge and we were shown the way by a very lovely steward. I must just say a huge thank you to all of the staff at the arena, they were all so friendly and helpful. It made our evening feel even more special.
The atmosphere in the arena was fantastic. Lots of children were dressed up as their favourite Disney characters and there were flashing light sticks as far as the eye could see. First up we were treated to a little pre-show warm up with some dancers on the ice then on came the guys from Zootropolis with the Fit To Dance pre-show party. They had the audience clapping and dancing along with them it was a great way to start.
As with all the Disney On Ice shows we have seen, the show was introduced by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and this time they were joined by Donald, Daisy and Goofy. They brought together the Passport To Adventure theme as they travelled the world through the different acts. It’s a Small World took us on a round the world trip celebrating different countries and cultures. It was such a feast for the eyes with the most dazzling blue and silver costumes. Then we moved on to the African savannah with The Lion King. Timon and Pumbaa were hilarious but it was Simba and Nala who really stole the show with the most amazing figure skating.
Next we took a trip to Never Land with Peter Pan and Wendy. The set for this was brilliant as they had a raised level up above the ice high in the arena for the upstairs of the Darlings house and there were the most incredible flying scenes. Captain Hook made an appearance too and that pesky Tick Tock the crocodile. There was a huge battle at sea with more pirates than we could count and huge ships. My daughter was like, how do they do that Mummy? And I said, it must be Disney magic!
Then Mickey Mouse and the gang were back for a trip to London and a British Bobby showed them all the sights. I have to say that Goofy was the star of this act completely living up to his name and being a complete goofball! We were in hysterics! Then we moved on to the open seas with The Little Mermaid. The underwater dancers practically glowed and the arena filled with bubbles, it was so beautifully done. Each of the scenes tells a mini story of the Disney films we all know and love. Here we saw Ariel being tricked by Ursula but in the finale of this act my daughter was on the edge on her seat as she was finally defeated by Prince Eric with an almighty flash.
Then we moved on to Arendelle and the castle gates had finally been opened for Elsa’s coronation and it was time to celebrate with the Frozen gang. I think it is fair to say that this story got the biggest cheer of all, the audience went mad for the Anna and Elsa and everyone was singing along. Us included. The costumes were amazing and the sisters had dresses that lit up. The arena filled with snow and it was so magical to watch.
Then we had the grand finale where Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy came back at the end of their travels and were joined on the ice by all of the other dancers. It was a fantastic end to a truly brilliant show. The music, scenery, costumes, storytelling and of course the incredible skating were truly out of this world. We had such an amazing night, it is a memory that I know my girls will treasure forever and that’s what it is all about really, isn’t it? I love seeing their little faces so full of excitement.
Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure is now showing in London until 30th December 2017 and you can find out more and see a complete list of the tour dates over at disneyonice.co.uk
*We were very kindly invited along to the opening show of Disney On Ice 2017 Presents Passport To Adventure in Sheffield as VIP guests in return for an honest and open review