We were invited along to the opening night of Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment* in Leeds this week and we had the best time! We have been to see Disney on Ice quite a few times now and we always have such a lovely night, my girls just love it!
As guests of Disney on Ice for the evening, we got to arrive before the main doors opened but I must mention that the security at the First Direct Arena was reassuringly strict. The whole area outside the stadium is now cordoned off and tickets are checked before you are allowed through then of course again at the doors where everybody is also scanned for security. It was raining cats and dogs that night and we had an umbrella with us that wasn’t allowed in the stadium but they looked after it for us and we collected it after the show. The staff were exceptionally courteous and couldn’t do enough to help. Anyway, we were shown upstairs to attend the VIP meet and greet before the show began and you’ll never guess who was there? Only the main man himself! MICKEY MOUSE! We were all completely star struck, even Mr Mostly haha! The kids were treated to a very generous goodie bag which they tore straight into (of course!) They were so excited and before long it was time to be shown to our seats before the show began.
There was a pre-show warm up with the Fit To Dance crew and by this point the atmosphere in the stadium was just amazing. Lots of excited children with light up wands and flashing ears as far as the eye could see! Then on came Mickey and Minnie Mouse to introduce the start of the show. The format of this new Worlds of Enchantment tour was a little different to the last few shows we have seen. Instead of lots of smaller acts, there was one long story and one short story in the first half, then after the intermission another short story followed by a longer story. It meant that the longer performances could tell a more in depth story which was great.
First we blasted off to infinity and beyond with the Toy Story gang. An army of green soldiers set the stage and then we saw Andy getting ready to leave for college. Our favourite characters were shipped off to Sunnyside Daycare which started out looking like so much fun but Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear soon put a stop to that of course! My favourite bit of this section had to be Ken showing Barbie around his Dreamhouse it was every bit as hilarious at the Toy Story 3 movie. A very close second though would have to be when the Aliens saved the day in the end with the claw though! It really was fantastically done and we enjoyed every bit. Such a treat for any Toy Story fan.
Then we entered Ariel’s underwater kingdom to see true love prevail between her and Prince Eric. We have seen The Little Mermaid in other Disney on Ice shows and I have to say that it is always such a feast for the eyes with all the bright colours and bubbles that fall down from the ceiling.
After the intermission Mickey and Minnie came back on with Donald Duck and Pluto to show off their new car but it went pop! So along came Lightning McQueen and the guys from Cars to help. I have to say that the girls were mesmerized by the cars on the ice and we couldn’t for the life of us work out how they were being driven. A bit of Disney magic I suspect? It was amazing to see!
Then came everybody’s favourite sisters Anna and Elsa as the stage was transformed into Arendelle on coronation day. I don’t think it would be Disney on Ice without Frozen now, they always get the biggest cheers of the night and this show was no exception. The costumes were amazing and the snow fell down it was such a spectacular story. I think the funniest bit though was when summer returned and Olaf stole the show with the most amazing dancing flowers. The Frozen gang were then joined on the ice by Mickey and Minnie and the gang for a final goodbye. My photos didn’t even begin to do the show justice so I have borrowed some from the Disney on Ice site so you can see some of the amazing costumes and light effects. We had fantastic seats but it’s hard to capture just how magical it all is in a snap, you really do have to see it to believe it!
Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is still in Leeds right now then will be moving on to Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Cardiff and Aberdeen. For full details of the tour please visit disneyonice.co.uk
P.S. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Disney on Ice for inviting us to see the show but also to the staff at the arena and the amazing team at the VIP meet and greet. Everybody was so friendly and helpful and it made our evening feel even more special! THANK YOU!
*We were kindly invited along as VIP guests and provided with tickets to see Disney on Ice 2018 presents Worlds of Enchantment in return for this honest review