Saturday, October 23, 2010
This week we were given a real treat: we received tickets from Feld Entertainment to the opening night of Disney on Ice: Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey! We've already been to the Worlds of Fantasy show earlier this year, and the Princess Classics show last year, so before the show started I wondered whether the kids (as well as the grownups) might feel like they've seen it all before -- but I needn't have worried. Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey is a totally different experience and a totally new journey!
Here's a brief description of the show:
Make imagination your destination! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a journey into the magical worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. From Ariel’s enchanting undersea kingdom to Never Land with Peter Pan and his sassy fairy friend Tinker Bell, you’ll be captivated by the music, beauty and laughter in a journey so magical, you’ll never want to go home.
The show opened to Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy all dressed in cute safari outfits, ready to go on safari -- so it was not surprising that the first act featured The Lion King. We had seen The Lion King segment on Worlds of Fantasy, but somehow this one was different. For one thing, the stage had a really creative 2-tier setup, with a balcony at the rear of the stage where a lot of the storytelling could go on while the ice skating occurred nearer the front. Same with the second act, The Little Mermaid; Sebastian was a hit, as ever, with his crowd-raising performance of Under the Sea (I love his initial "Clap on the half shell..... Two Beats!" little rap number to get the crowd to clap their hands). The costumes were completely different from any Little Mermaid ice number I've ever seen (and I've seen a few!), and for the first time ever they featured all of Ariel's mermaid sisters in a musical number. The kids all loved it because it was new, fresh and fun.
The last 2 acts were completely new to us. Act 3 was Lilo and Stitch, and boy did I enjoy this one. They had lots of catchy Hawaiian numbers as well as a slew of Elvis songs! The last act, Peter Pan, took up the entire second half, and was really good. They went all out on the props for this number, with a huge pirate ship, complete with a giant skull on the prow, and a gigantic crocodile ready to swallow up Captain Hook. 3Po started jumping in his seat with excitement when he saw a dozen or so pirates skating into the rink, and sure enough, it was probably the best number of the night, with a musical medley combining classic pirate ditties, music from the Pirates of Penzance and music from Peter Pan. We all left with smiles on our faces and Disney tunes on our lips. After watching this show I can definitely say that each of the Disney on Ice shows is unique and entertaining -- enjoying this show with your kids is a tradition you definitely want to cultivate!
There are only 3 more shows scheduled for the Bay Area -- tomorrow. October 24, at 11pm, 3pm and 7pm at San Jose's HP Pavilion -- so hurry and buy tickets NOW!
Ticket prices: $16, $25, $45 (VIP), $75(Front Row)
*Opening Night Ticket Price: $15.00 all seats excluding VIP/Front Row
Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations, at the Box Office, online, or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000
Ticket purchase link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/ajyhf0
And here are some great promos you can use to save on tickets to the show!
WEEKDAY SHOWS-Purchase a 4-pack of tickets for only $44 (not valid for FR/ VIP seating); redemption code: MOM
WEEKEND SHOWS-$5 off tickets to all performances (not valid for FR/ VIP seating); redemption code: MAGIC
Log on to http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/ajyhf0 and enter redemption code.
Even if you don't live in the Bay Area, you can still catch this great show; here's a list of the remaining shows for Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey in 2010 and 2011. I don't know if the discount code above is good for all these cities, but try entering it, it's worth a shot.
Sacramento, CA: Oct. 27-31
Rio Rancho, NM: Nov. 5-7
Salt Lake City, UT: Nov. 11-14
Sioux City, IA: Nov. 18-21
Des Moine, IA: Nov. 24-28
Moline, IL: Dec. 1-5
St. Paul, MN: Dec. 9-12
Toledo, OH: Dec. 15-19
Hartford, CT: Jan. 5-9
Bridgeport, CT: Jan. 12-17
Rochester, NY: Jan. 19-23
Buffalo, NY: Jan. 26-30
Milwaukee, WI: Feb. 10-13
Green Bay, WI: Feb. 16-20
St. Louis, MO: Mar. 17-20
And if this show isn't coming to a city near you, Disney on Ice has several other touring shows, including Princess Classics, Princess Wishes, Let's Celebrate and more. For the full Disney on Ice show lineup, go to http://disney.go.com/disneyonice.
Disclosure: I am watching the show with my family courtesy of Feld Entertainment. Show information is provided by the featured company and is clearly indicated as such. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.