Polyester costumes are not cosy winter-wear when you’re heading out to a Melbourne event after dark. But the thousands of Anna and Elsas making their way to Disney on Ice presents Frozen were not deterred. The cold never bothered them anyway – it makes for a much more authentic Frozen experience.
What a magical experience it was. For any fan of Disney’s icy adventure it’s not to be missed. We haven’t been to a Disney on Ice show before, so weren’t sure what to expect. It was everything we hoped it would be – dazzling costumes and skating, bright lights, fog, snow and twinkling icicles paired with the tale and music every child loves (and mum and dad secretly do too).
We were at a Wednesday evening performance at Hisense Arena. Despite it being past almost-four-year-old Millie’s bedtime, her eyes were not getting sleepy for a second. She was far too excited for that.
Her little face watched the entire show intently. She didn’t budge, wriggle or get distracted. She was in a Frozen trance – although did break into song on more than one occasion. She would nudge me and smile when a character recited her favourite lines and let out a big “oh no, Anna” at the pivotal last scene. Watching my girl in complete awe of the dazzling spectacle before her was worth the freezing cold train trip into town (plus side: the evening performance still had seats available and didn’t seem half as busy as weekend or afternoon shows). And I really enjoyed it too – who doesn’t love a good fairytale?
The immensely talented skaters actually looked like their characters, the show was schmick and ran for the perfect amount of time for its audience (1hr 45min including a 20 minute intermission).
Appearances by other Disney favourites bookended the show, pleasing the young crowd no end. Mickey and Minnie, Nemo and Dory, Timon and Pumba, Ariel, Cinderella and Snow White are just some of the characters who surprise the audience with a skate and a song. Millie was convinced ‘Cinderbella’ waved to her and it made her day.
We were sitting on the side and close to the back of the arena (A Reserve Upper). It didn’t matter. The show has lots of movement and is performed to all sides of the stage so you don’t ever feel like you can’t see what’s going on. More expensive tickets are closer to the ice rink.
Disney on Ice presents Frozen is in Melbourne for three more shows tomorrow, then heads to Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney July 12-17 before returning to Melbourne July 22-23.
*MillieMummyMelbourne was gifted tickets to Disney on Ice presents Frozen for the purposes of a review.