When you are offered the chance to review: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, you know you are going to score some serious parent points. Almost three years from the release of the film, Frozen mania is still going strong and this show from start to end was truly magical.
We have never been to see a Disney on Ice show before so wasn’t quite sure what to expect. My daughters turned three in June and I did wonder what they’d make of it all in a large arena, but from when the lights went down and the biggest grins spread across their faces I knew that they were the perfect age to enjoy.
We went to the evening show which starts at 6.30pm. We parked on level 9 of the North Car Park – this is BRILLIANT as you walk straight out and entrance G is right in front of you. It also meant that we managed to get straight into the car and out after the show, zero queue time! The doors open at 5.30pm but we went for food and went in about 6.15pm which was great as we walked straight in, no queues and no hanging around. The ice rink is central to the arena and you can sit all the way around so I don’t think you can get a bad seat in the whole venue. We sat in block 6 which was looking directly at the rink in the lower section on row J and our view was brilliant! There is an interval around an hour in for about 20 minutes so you can take little ones to the toilet (tip – wait for about 10 minutes after the lights go up and use the toilets downstairs as there was absolutely no queues!) The show finished around 8.30pm, so is on for around two hours.
The show opens with lots of other familiar Disney characters, which is genius as it really is something for everyone. Basically it is a shortened version of the Frozen story – on ice, but with lots of dramatic, fun and wonderful skating thrown in. (Watch out for a back flipping Kristoff!) The dialogue and singing are all of course pre-recorded from the film and the main characters and other actors move and act in time with the words and draw you as audience into the now classic Frozen story. Yes, I was throwing my hands about singing Let It Go as you just can’t help but getting involved!
As I said before, we have never seen any Disney on Ice but the production company Feld Entertainment really have made it an impeccable and flawless production resulting in them creating an absolutely brilliant show that is entertaining for the whole family. I did wonder how my almost 8 year old would like it, but he said it was brilliant and he loved them doing flips and all the lighting effects. There are some seriously awesome special effect from falling snow, to rocks and sleighs “moving by themselves” and even the scary snow monster himself comes on to shout “Don’t come back” it is a visual treat for the eyes and ears.
Tickets for the show start at £18.00 which when you take into account the whole stunning show, is worth every penny. Everything has been done up to a really high standard and to glance across and see all three kids absolutely mesmerised clapping along and smiling like the Cheshire cat, you really know that Disney on Ice presents Frozen is a show not to be missed.
The show runs in Birmingham throughout half term (25th October until 30th October 2016. It will be touring other venues in the UK throughout November and December; so why not check if it’s coming to a city near you. I urge you to go to the show and not join in with all the catchy songs. It has made me even more excited for our trip to Disneyland Paris reviewsnext month, the countdown is truly on!
Disclaimer – we were given complimentary entrance to the show in exchange for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own