I come from a long line of Disney connoisseurs and I have passed the gene onto Eirinn. If she could live in Cinderella’s skin, she would. She has pretty much every piece of plastic adorned with a Disney Princess ever produced, including several official Princess dresses and a recently acquired pair of lighty-uppy Ariel high-heeled sandals. I knew Disney On Ice – Princess Classics would pretty much make me the Mother of the Century, because seriously. All of the princesses under one roof? The real princesses, people. Not the cartoons. The real ones. Let that piece of unbelievable excitement sink into your three-year-old girl brains for a minute and let’s see you not vibrate out of your seat with enthusiasm. You can’t, I assure you.
Anyway, I held off telling Eirinn about Disney On Ice – Princess Classics until Thursday just in case something happened and I’m glad I did. Because holy Hannah, she was excited.
She wore her very best Cinderella dress, including matching blue headband (which was essential, according to her), and her new lighty-uppy Arial sandals, despite the sub-zero weather conditions (fashion knows no such thing as ‘hypothermia’)(don’t worry, I made her wear big, thick, winter socks in the sandals)(she froze anyway). I bought her a lighty-flashy-spinny magic Princess wand of weaponry to wave like a fanatic during the performance. We were set for the show.
The show opened with the King and Queen of Disney, Mickey and Minnie, along with the house mischief-maker, Tink. Eirinn was already enthralled. It then moved through condensed versions of the princess stories – Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Snow White, Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.
After the first hour, there was an intermission. I was a little surprised because I thought a show for little children would be short, but they returned for another 45 minutes, concentrating this time on Disney’s most popular princess. Your favourite and mine – Cinderella. Eirinn was relieved. When she hadn’t made an appearance before the intermission, she was a little confused as to who the heck was running this thing? Some jerk? No, Eirinn, the nice people at Disney On Ice dedicated the entire second half to your idol. Relax and enjoy.
And she did. Thoroughly.
Each segment was filled with great skating, verbatum summaries of the stories, big, bold sets and special effects, all of which got huge bonus points for a) grabbing and holding my easily-distractable daughter’s attention and b) grabbing and holding my easily-distractable self’s attention. The venue (Rogers Centre) was perfect; big enough to house all the little kids, small enough for everyone to have a good seat. The staff was friendly and helpful, as is to be expected with anything associated with the Disney name. Overall, it was a great event.
My only (small, teeny tiny) complaint is one that actually turned out to be not a big deal at all. I was concerned about the length, given the start time. I’m very protective over Eirinn’s sleep and her bedtime is 7:30 pm, nearly without fail. The show didn’t start until 7 and ran two hours and 15 minutes. That’s the latest Eirinn has been up since the summer and on the rare occassion that she has been up this late, it has not gone over well. But, of course, she was fine. She was so entralled with the show that she just powered through and passed out in the car on the way home. No worries.
Disney On Ice – Princess Classics was an excellent night for the girls, although there were many dads, I’m sure scoring big points with their daughter and their wives. I’m sure everyone, man, woman or child, enjoyed themselves. If not for the show itself, but for the look of wonder and amazement on their child’s face. Because I know mine was in a complete state of bliss.
If you’d like to see the show, and I think you totally should, especially if you have a crazy princess stalker in your life like I do, I have a coupon code for you, provided by Mom Central.
The coupon code for the Toronto shows will be MCC — four tickets for $44 Monday-Friday (excluding Friday evening), and $4 off tickets for all weekend performances.
- Toronto shows are running from December 18th – December 27th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
- The tickets can be purchased from http://www.ticketmaster.ca and by entering the MCC code in the “MC promotion” box when purchasing tickets.
- Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each during the week and $4 off on weekends.
- Offer not valid on Rinkside or VIP seating.
- Cannot be combined with other offers. Service Charges, facility & handling fees will apply.