My family’s next big trip to Walt Disney World isn’t until next year, so — as a salve on a stormy New England day — we all headed to Worcester, Mass. and the DCU Center for Disney On Ice.
Now, my expectations were low. We have been to many quite a few DOI, but the last couple shows were, well, just okay.
That so-so streak is over…
“Mickey’s Search Party” transported my brood to Florida (or Anaheim or Paris, etc.) with a collection of figure skating, acrobatics, animation, and Imagineering, which had all of us — aged 2 to 43 — forgetting the frigid fall weather.
The official summary tells the tale:
Join Mickey Mouse, and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen.
Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story, and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around!
Check out the preview video:
There’s very little embellishment in the clip.
While there’s no real plot (I mean, seriously, it’s a skating show), the figure skating storytelling takes families through the films, with set pieces designed to wow and keep the entire family entertained.
Peruse my entire tweet thread for some more amazing moments, but — truthfully — nothing beats the Coco sequence, which needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated.
Even my trained and cynical eye had to admit the giant skating skeleton puppets were amazing. Yes, I said giant skeleton puppets.
There was not much to a downside for the show, beyond the admonition that the “Disney” in the show resides on the ice and on the floor of the arena.
Concessions and gifts are expensive (even more so than in the parks), and there’s only so much that can be done with the aesthetics in a hockey rink.
But for two hours, we were all in Florida, and enjoying more Disney magic than anyone should expect to encounter during a nor’easter.
But what do you think? Do you enjoy Disney On Ice? What has been your experience at the shows?
Tell us in the comments below…