Wonderful World of Disney on Ice at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – review

Disney on Ice Cardiff

Thank you to Disney on Ice for gifting us tickets to review the show

Disney on Ice is one of the most magical events I think a child can experience. Their favourite characters are brought to life, with flawless skating, dazzling costumes, and dozens of much-loved songs.

As Disney on Ice at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena began last night, our two sons were captivated by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy, who skated out and announced that we’d be joining them on a quest to find the greatest treasure of all.

Having been to Disneyland Paris earlier this year, our sons – aged four and two – have developed a love for the traditional Disney characters, and were calling out their names as they waved to the audience. It’s nice to see that after 95 years, Mickey Mouse is just as loved as ever, and they fitted seamlessly with the newer characters.

We soon found out that Mickey and co were the hosts of the event, coming back onto the ice between each section to give clues about who we would be seeing next.

Disney on Ice Cardiff

Which characters are in Disney on Ice 2019?

It would be easier to list who doesn’t appear in the show! There are scenes from The Lion King, Snow White, including the seven dwarves, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Frozen, Finding Dory, Toy Story, and Aladdin, covering 82 years of Disney films.

What’s new at Disney on Ice 2019?

New to the ice this year, was a performance of The Lion King, which will build excitement for the live-action version of the film being released later this year. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the film (there’s something about talking animals that I don’t get), but I was blown away by the Disney on Ice version.

A herd of wildebeests thundered around the ice as Scar looked on, in the most dramatic scene by far. Our eldest son has declared this his favourite part of the show … I’m hoping for the way it was choreographed, rather than for the death of Mufasa!

Simba and Nala performed a beautiful routine to Can You Feel the Love Tonight, and the segment ended with a rousing rendition of Circle of Life. There were giraffes, zebras and swooping birds skating around Pride Rock, which was really impressive. This was the highlight of the show for me – it’s hard to put in words how impactful it was, but it felt like its own production, not just a small part of the whole event.

Also new this year was Aladdin … another nod at an upcoming live-action movie. The Genie popped out of a huge lamp with a bang, granting Aladdin’s wish to become a prince. There were gasps all round as a gigantic elephant took to the ice for a rendition of Prince Ali.

It’s easy to get sucked into the storylines and forget that the tales are being told on ice, but when Aladdin effortlessly held Princess Jasmine in the air during A Whole New World, we were reminded that the cast are flawless skaters, not simply dancers. Every move was executed precisely throughout the two-hour show.

Disney on Ice Cardiff Aladdin

Are Pixar characters in Disney on Ice?

Yes, but in shorter segments – these included Toy Story and Finding Dory. The Toy Story scene – a rendition of the toys are back in town – was a little disappointing compared to last year when more of the characters, including our favourite Lotso – were included. I’d have thought with Toy Story 4 coming out this year, it would have played a bigger part.

Our youngest son started to lose interest during the Finding Dory section – not being a musical means there were no songs to hold his attention, and it was past his bedtime by this point. The characters were very sweet though, and it was nice to have another Pixar addition to the show.

Disney on Ice Cardiff Finding Dory

Once again, the final 20 minutes of the show were dedicated to Frozen, with sparks, smoke and ice as we were taken through the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa. They might have appeared in the show for the past three years, but that didn’t stop the audience from singing along to Let it Go as Elsa made it snow indoors. Even our two superhero-mad boys loved it.

Disney on Ice Cardiff Frozen

There were more than 50 Disney characters in the show, which ended with a spectacular finale of princes and princesses. As characters who hadn’t appeared until this point – including Tiana, Belle and the Beast, and Cinderella – twirled around the arena, it felt as if we’d stepped into a grand ballroom.

How much does Disney on Ice in Cardiff cost?

With tickets priced between £21 and £51, it’s not a cheap family event – plus the additional cash you’ll spend on merchandise (the Dory cup below, filled with crushed ice, cost a whopping £10!) – but I would say it’s worth it. Watching our sons wave the characters off the ice, whooping and cheering, it was obvious they’d absolutely loved it. What I would advise is that if your children have an early bedtime, you’d be best off trying to get tickets for a morning or afternoon performance. The second half was just a bit too late for our youngest, and there were points when he desperately wanted to go home. After a good night’s sleep he’s talking about it non-stop and says he really enjoyed, so that’s a win!

How can I get tickets for Disney on Ice in Cardiff?

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice is at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena until Sunday, April 28, and tickets are still available, priced between £21 and £51. The show is on at 6.30pm tonight (Thursday), 2.30pm on Friday, April 26; 10.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday, April 27; and 10.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, April 28. I’d recommend getting tickets in Block B or C for the best view. Click here to book.

For more ideas on what to do as a family, check out our days out section.

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