Spoiler alert: We are HUGE Disney fanatics. That said, while we were still feeling the effects of a hang over from our Walt Disney World trip in July, 2019, (and fiercely craving to go back immediately), we thought that a trip to see Disney On Ice would help satiate some of those intense cravings. We were not disappointed.
We saw the Road Trip Adventures version of the current Disney On Ice tour at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. We were very pleased (especially with a 6 and 3 year old) that the show started right on time. Watching the kids faces light up (we had not told them what we were going to ahead of time) when they saw Mickey Mouse come out the first time was worth every penny paid.
The show, which lasted an hour and 45 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission) contained multiple skits by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, that were funny, energetic, and full of Disney magic.
Mickey and the gang kicked off the show with trying to tame an out of control car, and was able to do so with the help of the Incredibles and Fro-zone.
After finally getting things under control, we were off to our first destination…
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy set us out on a road trip around the (Disney) world, and kicking off in London with a fun skit by Mary Poppins that began with Mary floating down to the rink in true Mary Poppins fashion.
This act of the show, set to “Light Fantastic”, included stunt BMX bikers and a light pole routine that defied gravity. Even with Mary Poppins wiping out on the ice early on, this act paid wonderful tribute to a Disney classic.
One of our favorite Disney films, Moana (and seemingly all of the population of Motunui) took us through a festive version of, “Where You Are”, before setting sail (on a literal canoe) while singing, “How Far I’ll Go”. The solo skating routine was beautifully choreographed and, as with the whole show, seemed to fly by quickly as we were all so engaged.
Of course, no visit by Moana would be complete without an appearance by Maui and, “You’re Welcome”, which had the crowd singing and dancing along.
After enjoying the warm and sunny waters of the South Pacific, our Road Trip Adventure took us to Arendelle where Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf awaited us. Olaf sang to us about his joy of all things Summer before Elsa took the ice by herself, bringing along lots of falling snow and belting out of, “Let It Go”.
The Lion King
Next stop on our Road Trip Adventure was Africa to visit Simba, Nahla, Timone, and Pumba, where our first disappointment occurred.
The act opened with, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”, but the young Simba and Nahla costumes were so poorly done that I did not realize they were even in the show until nearly halfway through the routine. They looked more like Teddy bears than anything, which starkly contrasted with the very detailed and beautifully made Rafiki costume, as well as, other African animals.
Timone and Pumba are always a treat with their bright rendition of, “Hakuna Matata”, and then followed up with a grown up Simba (and a much better costume) and Nahla (still laughable) performing a great duet to, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.
From Africa to a carnival where the crowed helped Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bo Peep, Bunny, Ducky, and Duke Kaboom (the latter entering as only Duke Kaboom can) find Forky so that he could be returned to Bonnie.
The crowd was a part of the show as beach balloons, made to look like carnival game balls, were tossed throughout the stands where we were able to attempt to toss them into the containers out on the ice.
From the local carnival to the Middle East we went where Aladdin summoned the Genie (partly played by Will Smith on video until the lamp was actually rubbed) to perform, “You Ain’t Never had a Friend Like Me”.
The Genie then summoned his magic to put on a huge show for Princess Jasmine as she was introduced to Aladdin as, “Prince Ali”. The large production included an elephant made of flowers and a couple dozen performers, as Aladdin did his best to woo Jasmine.
Aladdin and Jasmine performed a duet to, “A Whole New World”, before a powerful solo by Jasmine performing, “Speechless”.
Our road trip finished up by returning to Greensboro where we were all joined by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Jasmine, Belle, Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Arial, Snow White, Cinderella, Moana, Tiana, Merida, Alice (whom walked through the crowd), Mulan, Forky, Buzz, Woody, Bunny, Ducky, Maui, the Incredibles, Fro-zone, and I’m sure some that I’ve forgotten to list.
It was a wonderful time in which we were not in the Greensboro Coliseum, but whisked away into the Magical World of Disney for what seemed like only a moment in time, though it was a glorious moment.
I loved seeing the excitement and awe on my children’s faces, along with hearing all of the kids around me singing along with each Disney song throughout the show.
If you’re wondering if a trip to Disney On Ice is worth it, I can honestly say it is…and then some.