Our family recently attended Disney on Ice Dream Big performance. We had such a great time, singing along with our favorite songs, Disney princesses, and characters. I wanted to answer a few common questions that you might have as you prepare to attend Disney on Ice Dream Big with your family in 2021! If you love the adventure of Disney and Disney travel, watching Disney on Ice is a fun treat when you are at home. This ice show provides breathtaking ice skating of world-class figure skaters with so many magical moments.
What characters appear during Disney on Ice Dream Big?
I was impressed with how many of our favorite Disney friends are included in the Disney on Ice Dream Big performance. Mickey and Minnie kick off the show, along with Tinker Bell as she “hosts” the event. The first half includes Aladdin and his true love, the daring Jasmine, Little Mermaid Ariel (with her sisters, Sebastian, Flounder and Price Eric), and Belle. The second half includes Cinderella, Moana and Maui, Maleficent and the fiery dragon, Tiana, characters from Coco, and of course, the Frozen characters, the famous sisters Anna and Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in the wintry world of Arendelle. (Olaf was a big hit at our performance.) All of our favorite Disney friends skating to the music of beloved Disney songs – what could be better?!
How long is Disney on Ice Dream Big?
The first half is about 45 minutes in duration, followed by a 15 minute intermission. The second half was about 45 minutes. So, our 3:00 performance ended around 4:45.
What changes are made to Disney on Ice Dream Big during Covid?
We attended Disney on Ice Dream Big in January of 2021, so of course, Covid-19 health protocols were in place. Before entering the building, standard questions were asked such as have you had a fever, have you been nauseous, and have you been in contact with someone with Covid-19. After entering the building, we were through a brief security screening and waited to scan our tickets (on our phone from the Ticketmaster email.)
We attended the show in a large basketball arena downtown. Seating capacity is limited and seats were distanced away from other families in small pod seating structure. All audience members wore face masks and the staff was vigilant in reminding audience members to keep face coverings on. We felt comfortable the whole time. I would encourage you to arrive early and leave a bit later if you want to avoid entering or exiting with a crowd. Each venue safety standards and local guidelines may vary, so check your venue’s website for the latest information.
What are the best ages for Disney on Ice?
All ages attended the performance. All audience members ages 2 and above must have a ticket to attend. Consider your child’s attention span before bringing them to the performance. We opted to leave our toddler with a sitter because the performance was too long for her to maintain attention. If you do bring smaller children, consider bringing some small snacks or toys in your bag to keep them entertained. Of course, it’s a Disney event so people are pretty patient with understanding noise from children.
What is security like at the venue?
During our visit, we went through a metal detector and submitted our bags and electronics to a security check.
What should we wear?
We attended the performance during January and it was snowy outside. However, the arena was warm and my daughters were able to take off their coats, despite wearing short sleeved dresses. Just make sure you are comfortable if in whatever you or your children are wearing. Many children were dressed in Disney-related costumes.
Is it cold at Disney on Ice?
No, the ice skating rink did not seem to affect the warmth of the arena.
Are there snacks?
Yes, there were snacks available at the arena. We saw cotton candy, drinks in Disney cups, and snow cones for purchase. Touch-free payment is available.
Are there souvenirs for sale?
Of course! There were many light up wands, cups, and other Disney related items for sale on this multi-city tour. Consider bringing your own if you don’t want to purchase at the arena. Light up glow sticks from the dollar spot are always an easy item to throw in your bag.
What are the best seats for Disney on Ice?
We chose to sit in the second tier seating and found it to be perfect. We were close enough to the ice to see the characters and enjoy the show. Upper level seating is available, however it can be quite far from the ice. Before purchasing your tickets, check out a website like https://aviewfrommyseat.com/ to see your vantage point. Certain memberships may allow you exclusive access to early tickets, so check online for the latest updates. Also, check to see if there are any ticket prices with a sale offer code online before you purchase tickets.
What are some tips to prepare my kids for Disney on Ice?
- Make sure your child(ren) eat a snack beforehand so they aren’t “hangry.”
- Consider your child’s naptime when purchasing tickets. Select a time when they will be well rested.
- Go to the bathroom before the show starts.
- Discuss behavior and expectations before the show starts. Consider how to sit when close to other people, noise volume, and what to do if they get bored.
- Remember your child’s age when considering the performance. Make sure it is a realistic goal for them to pay attention during the show.
- Pack snacks, treats, or small toys to distract them, if needed.
- Dress comfortably.
Where can I buy tickets for Disney on Ice?
We purchased our tickets directly through Ticketmaster. Always do a quick Google search to see if any discounts are available!