The last time I went to Disney On Ice I was the kid, not the mom in the group. I was probably 8 or 9 years old, and I have no recollection whatsoever of the actual show but I will tell you what I do remember – I remember the flashlight my mom got me and my sister at intermission. I’m not sure how my parents even could afford the tickets to the show that year, but being as we hadn’t been able to make the long promised trip to Disneyland happen again that year I think my parents were looking for some way to balm that. So off to the (then pretty dang new) Arco Arena we went to see our favorite characters and stories told on ice. I remember being insanely excited, and I remember the people teaming through the concourse. I even remember the first glimpse I had of the red and blue swirling flashlight topped with the imfamous Mickey ears. I INSTANTLY wanted them. When we got into the arena and found our seats high above the ice I looked down into a sea of kids with flashlights and wanted one even more. I’m sure I asked my mom to get me one, maybe even asked her to pick one up for my sister too. I am sure she did a lot of math in her head to see if it was even possible. The show zipped through, and at intermission somehow, she found a way to put that flashlight in my and my sisters hands. I loved that thing! It was the 80’s so you had to shake it in a circle to get the light to spin and I shook mine so hard my arm was sore. I kept that flashlight in my room well into my teens. It was my first sprinkle of Pixie Dust – magic made very real, just for me – and I was hooked. Now that I’m the mom Disney is a pretty regular part of our lives. We head to the park whenever we can, run the races whenever we can and basically bask in all things the House of Mouse bestows upon us. Oddly though, I had never taken my kids to what was my own Disney primer – Disney on Ice. When the opportunity to take them for and write about it for CCM came up I was MORE than happy to take the job! I couldn’t wait to share a little more magic with my babies. And as fate would have it, my mom got to make that trip to the arena with me one more time – only this time the lights were on me. We made a night of it, as one does with special things, and went out to dinner before the show. I had tried to keep it a secret from my kids hoping for a great reaction, but my daughter is an advanced reader and figured our what “D.O.I” meant on all my calendars. She shared the news with her brother, and they could hardly contain their excitement. Our conversation from breakfast through dinner was all about Disney on Ice! My kids cleaned their plates (a rare thing for my picky eaters) at dinner with the hope of an arena treat. They stood patiently as I picked up the tickets, and were so gracious when I strolled up to the souvenir counter and said, quite happily, “You may each pick out a light.” Of course, Lauren chose the Princess wand and Ben chose the Mickey Mouse twirling light and then we made our way to our seats.
I had the GREAT pleasure of photographing the first few minutes of the show from the side of the rink, and since my job is taking pictures it was a lot of fun for me. I don’t normally get to photograph moving things in dramatic light, so it was a ton of fun. I did miss my kids first reaction but my mom told me when Mickey and Minne came out Ben jumped to his feet and yelled, “THIS IS AWESOME!” Which was pretty much the sentiment of the whole night!
After I got back to our seats we had an incredible time watching the show, being amazed by the skaters and, of course, singing along with every song. I even got a little misty during the Brave segment because I am that up-tight, perfectionist mother trying to raise a headstrong kid with impossible hair. It just gets me every time!
As we drove away from the arena last night I asked the kids what their favorite part of the show was. “The sea monster!” shouted Ben as he spun his light wildly in the back seat. “The chandelier!” added Lauren, my tiny interior designer. But then she reconsidered, “No!” she cried. “The best part was getting to spend time with my family.” I smiled at her in the rearview mirror. “Well, that and my light!” she said with a grin. Indeed my love, indeed.
For more information on show details, dates and times:
WHERE: Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena – One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834
WHEN: Wednesday, February 12 – Monday, February 17, 2014
Wednesday, February 12 7:00 PM
Thursday, February 13 7:00 PM
Friday, February 14 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 15 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 16 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Monday, February 17 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM
TICKETS: Prices range from $17, $23, $42 (VIP), $65 (Front Row)
Tickets available for purchase at Ticketmaster, online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the venue Box Office.
DISCLOSURE: Cap City Moms is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for our time and efforts in attending shows and reporting our opinion, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided us with 4 tickets to the event. Opinions are 100% our own.