Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic

This afternoon, my wife and I took our two-year old daughter to Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic at the Roger’s Centre (Skydome) in Toronto.

I am not a big fan of Disney (but my daughter does like Mickey, Minnie, and Tinkerbell).

I am not a big fan of figure skating (in and form).

However, I completely enjoyed myself!

We made a point of not telling our daughter where we were going or why we were going there.  When the lights dimmed and the shows started with Mickey and Minnie skating to center ice, her face made my life as a father whole – it was a look of wonder and amazement, and that made my day!

The show was enjoyable throughout, whether a Disney or figure skating fan or not.  Overall, the production quality was impressive.  There was a LARGE cast, and they were obviously all very talended figure skaters.  Far better than I had expected.

This show is a Feld Entertainment production.  For those who don’t know, Feld is probably best known as the operator of the world famous Ringling Bros & Barnam & Bailey Circus franchise.  They’re also active in motorsports, most notably the Monster Jam Monster Truck competition series.

Would I recommend the show?  Absolutely!  With the caveat that you’re either a Disney fan or have children who are.  I assume and expect there are better examples of professional skating out there, so as impressed as I may have been, don’t take Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic as an opportunity to see world class figure skating.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but I don’t know enough to say Yay or Nay on the subject.

My personal favourite part of the show?  Probably the Toy Story army men.

I can say, however, if you have a young Disney fan if your household, this is a great opportunity to make their day!  Ticket prices were reasonable, especially with a local discount offer we took advantage of.  I can’t speak for venues other than Roger’s Centre in Toronto, but the top dollar ‘floor’ seats seemed to me to be a waste of money.  Sitting absolute rinkside may get you VERY close to the show, but too close to appreciate the overall spectacle.  Stay a little further away – you’ll still get an AWESOME view, without the spray of skate-shaved ice in your face.

My only complaint (surprise, surprise) would be the concession costs…..  $4.50 for a 519mL bottle of water.  $8.00 for a relatively small box of popcorn or $12 for a larger commemorative plastic ‘tub’.  And $12 for a snow cone in a (cheap, made in China, plastic) Nemo or other (I don’t recall what) “commemorative” cup – ya, sure, whatever……  We stuck with the $10 big bag of popcorn.

Fortunately, at age two, my daughter wasn’t affected/influenced by the plethora of vendor stands into and out of the seating area….  Crappy dollar store quality ‘trinkets’ at memorabilia prices.  Disgusting, even if you can avoid it.

So, if you or someone you love is a Disney fan, I can wholeheartedly recommend Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic.  It’s a great show, just be aware of the concession sharks before you buy your tickets.

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