Last night I took the kids to the opening performance of Disney On Ice presents Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 at San Jose's HP Pavilion. As a Feld Family Ambassador, I've been lucky enough to have had the pleasure of viewing most of the Disney on Ice performances for the past two or three years, so while the kids and I were excited (we are big Disney on Ice fans!) we weren't expecting this performance to be all too different from the past ones.
Boy, were we wrong. Not only was this one completely different from any of the Disney on Ice shows we've seen, we all agreed that it was also the BEST one we've ever seen! Here are 3 reasons why:
Most of the other shows feature snippets from a variety of Disney movies (Peter Pan, the Lion King, all the Disney Princess stories, etc..), but this show was entirely dedicated to Toy Story 3, so it was like watching a Broadway play, but on ice. It doesn't follow Toy Story 3 to the letter (the first act has some flashbacks to Toy Story 1 and 2), but it has all the important plot developments. In fact, if you've never seen Toy Story 3, like me, you'll still be able to follow the story.
The music was awesome! Toy Story isn't a musical, so it must have been challenging to incorporate so many musical numbers into an ice show, and they really did a great job. The show was full of popular tunes, like These Boots are Made for Walkin, Friendship, Woody's Roundup Song and the Hoedown Throwdown. My favorite musical numbers were:
The Boys are back in town: The intro number, where Buzz and Woody and Jessie and Hamm and the Potato Heads and Slinky and Rex all come out onto the ice and meet the audience -- but of course, they sang "The TOYS are Back in Town"!)
Star wars cantina song : Where Buzz reminisces about the time he got stuck in the vending machine at the Pizza Planet in Toy Story 1 -- this is one of my favorite numbers, with all the little green aliens skating around!
The Toy Story characters are some of the most beloved in American culture. Boys and girls, old and young, everyone loves them! The Disney on Ice production team did a great job in bringing them to life on the ice. All the toys kept their toy-like, cartoon-like appearance, even Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Barbie and Ken: Buzz's eyebrows were penned in, just like a real toy, Jessie and Barbie had yarn wigs, and Woody and Ken had on headpieces that gave their hair that characteristic plastic look!
The last time I enjoyed a Disney on Ice performance this much was their Nemo production, which we saw at the Cow Palace about 6 or 7 years ago, long before I started blogging. The kids were too young to remember much of it, so they are clear in stating that this Toy Story 3 one is the best one ever. I think it comes down to whether you like Nemo or Buzz and Woody more! In any case, it really was an enjoyable performance, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Disney on Ice presents Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 is only at the HP Pavilion for 3 more days, but you can still watch it at the ORACLE Arena. Here's the info:
Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3
HP Pavilion at San Jose – February 22-26
Oracle Arena in Oakland – February 29 – March 4
WEEKDAY SHOWS – Purchase a 4-pack of tickets for only $44
(Not valid for FR/ VIP seating. Only valid on shows Wednesday thru Friday morning)
Redemption Code: MOM
WEEKEND SHOWS – $5 off tickets to all performances
(Not valid for FR/ VIP seating)
Redemption Code: MOM5
Look for the Bay Area shows of Toy Story 6 at http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/m721pg and be sure to enter one of these redemption codes when purchasing your tickets!
Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.