Princesses from all over Central Florida arrived at the Amway Center in Orlando over the weekend dressed in their finest frocks to see their favorite princesses take to the ice. It was a magical evening complete with enchanting costumes, plenty of princesses and rockin’ tunes… even a bit of Madonna.
Before the show even began there was magic. My family was treated to a special pre-show event that included a personal appearance by Merida. Having not met yet Merida, K was giddy with excitement to get her picture taken with “Brave” (K insists that Brave is also her name). Merida was an absolute doll who warmed up to K on
two three four trips through the line to have her picture taken. She even held baby girl for a special picture. Somewhere we have a great family shot too, but that’s on my mom’s camera.
After meeting Merida, it was time for the show. Having taken K to previous Disney on Ice shows, we expected her ohhs and ahhs. The surprise reaction came from baby girl who squealed with delight and bounced in my lap the moment the music began. Of course 30 minutes later she was passed out in my husband’s arms (she’s only 10 months old after all), but for those first minutes she was completely entranced by the show.
The brand new show had something for everyone with vignettes from the stories of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled and Brave plus story telling from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy & Donald.
The ice dancing always amazes me, but what I found most captivating by this show was the use of costumery. Of course the princess stars were beautiful, but it was the costumes belonging to the ensemble that I could not take my eyes off of. Taking a page from the Broadway production of The Lion King, the performers were outfitted in beautiful costumes that represented the characters they became. The imagery created by the costumes, especially during The Little Mermaid, was simply beautiful.
And what parent in the audience could help but to smile when Ariel’s sisters began to “Strike a pose.” Yes, the mermaids under the sea were totally Vogue.
Disney on Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After is now on tour across the U.S. It was a great show, and even more it was a great memory with my girls. Check it out when it comes through your hometown.
Disclosure – Tickets to the show and pre-show were provided to facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.