The entire world has seen the uber-popular Disney film, Frozen. At least a dozen times. And relished in every moment of it. Not surprising, Disney found an intelligent way to capitalize on the excitement and momentum to bring us their latest creation, Disney on Ice: FROZEN presented by yoKids.
By now, our children have seen the commercials or billboards for the Disney on Ice Show and told their parents that “they have to see it.” Parents are faced with a simple question. Is Disney on Ice: Frozen worth the money?
I’m here to provide you with three reasons why Disney On Ice: Frozen is worth your investment of time and money … and one reason why it’s not.
1. Disney on Ice: Frozen story exactly the same as the movie.
My son had seen the film at least a half-dozen times and was familiar with the story and all of its songs. So were my wife and I. After all, that’s what made us fall in love with the movie. The question lurked in our minds. How would the show be similar or different than the movie? Spoiler alert: It’s exactly the same!
2. Disney on Ice is as good as a Broadway Show.
The story is exactly the same as the movie, but this was a LIVE performance and it was done beautifully. Our family felt transported to the magical land of Arendelle! It was literally snowing in the Barclay’s arena, as we sat mesmerized by the skating wizardry, wonderful costumes, and special effects.
And finally, there’s the award-winning music that captivated us. Watching 16,000 parents and children dancing at their seats and singing “Let It Go” and “Do You Want To Build a Snowman” (completely out of tune) was absolutely amusing. We sang, we danced, and were inspired all over again like the first time our family watched the movie.
3. Building family memories.
Growing up, my parents used to immerse me in culture — taking me to museums, Broadway shows, and Walt Disney’s World on Ice. My wife and I love watching the world through our son’s eyes and sharing things with him that we loved during our childhood. We’re fortunate to live in New York City, a place that offers an endless range of cultural opportunities. Disney on Ice: Frozen is the third Disney on Ice show we’ve had the pleasure of seeing together. It’s become an annual family tradition for us to attend each year. This performance gave us the opportunity to turn-off real life, tap into our inner child, and have a family experience that we’ll be talking about for a long time. Basically, finding our DisneySide. Don’t we deserve that sometimes?
Bottom line: Disney on Ice: Frozen is the best of their ice shows we’ve ever seen and definitely worth seeing it. Even to see all of the children in the audience (and some parents) wearing Anna, Elsa, and Olaf costumes.
… and one thing that was disappointing to me …
The concessions were overpriced.
Like me, most parents taking their children to Disney on Ice plan to spoil their children for a few hours — shelling out money for tickets for the entire family, transportation and parking fees, food concessions, and toy trinkets. Disney delivered big-time with a magical experience on the ice, but I was disappointed with the sting on my wallet as I hit the concession stands.
Before we arrived, we promised our son popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream. It’s fair to say that it was a more expensive promise than we anticipated. Be warned: Popcorn in a Disney Pouch: $12 (ask for the box of popcorn which is less expensive), cotton candy with cute Olaf mask: $13, and Olaf snow-cones: $16 (we persuaded our son to go with Barclay’s Center ice cream which was $7).
**Disclosure Note: NYC Dads Group received complimentary tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Frozen. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by receiving the tickets.