On Saturday morning we made our journey over to Sheffield to watch the Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure production, an Arena we have never visited before so even the journey was part of the fun. It was such a gorgeous drive, up and over the hills of the Peak District – we were counting sheep and cows and watching in awe as the most gorgeous sunrise appeared before us – there is something to be said for an early start at this time of year! As we made the journey over we were making our Christmas wish lists, one wish from our gorgeous boy really made me smile – who would like to see the Goof again. Little does he know that we are heading to Disneyland Paris in a few weeks before the big day so for us and him this was the start of our festive celebrations – not that he knew! Ssshh it’s a secret. He was so excited to see the main characters and even wore his Goofy hat in celebration.
What I love about Disney, is that it has the ability to make any generation smile – the music, the characters, the costumes. I have so many memories of watching the movies as a child and still do, now more so than ever as I get to re live it through the eyes of my little boy. From Nanny to my husband and I all the way down to our six year old we have all grown up with Disney so with a little bit of pixie dust and a sprinkling of disney magic we set away with Mickey and his friends on an adventure. The clever use of effects and colourful displays really impressed all the family. I particularly loved the Peter Pan sequence, with the pirate ship and crocodile and lets not forget the scenes from Frozen with explosions and the castle appearing. The individual scenes were put together so well and oh my goodness the skating, lifts and tricks were so impressive to watch.
There were ooh’s and cheers as certain characters skated onto the ice, my favourite was Captain Hook and Pumba, my little boy particularly loved the Lion King and seeing Kristoff and Olaf in the closing sequence. Nanny’s favourite was the opening scene with all the marvellous costumes and The Little Mermaid display. Disappointingly Mickey and his friends; Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy were not very present in the show which on reflection was a disappointment. On many occasions George asked when the would be back, perhaps I should have guessed from the title of the show. Despite their absence we all really did enjoy the show.
If I am being brutally honest and despite us all enjoying the show there was a distinct lack of atmosphere in the arena. With little interaction between the characters and the crowd and quite possibly we felt it more because we were sat so far away from the ice rink we just didn’t feel that Disney magic we are used to. I am sure those sitting closer did as the characters were waving, and of course were much clearer – sadly we couldn’t see them very clearly and with no large monitors it was a struggle. I wonder if it was because we have experienced the true magic of Disneyland Paris? They really do know how to put on a show. I’m not sure but for us something seemed to be missing, my little boy and Nanny adored the show and have spoken about it since, nattering all about their favourite bits on the journey home. It was Mr H and I that both felt something was missing which in all honesty really surprised us.
I thought I would include some photo’s from our favourite sequences from the show…
Following on from their visit to Sheffield – Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure will be making their final stop on their journey to The O2, London 20-30 December. You can look at tickets here.
* Disclosure – we were gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review.