By Character Diva
Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice has once again made its way to New Mexico! This time, Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is gracing the Santa Ana Star Center, and my family and I couldn’t have been more excited with the opportunity to see some of our favorite characters from Frozen, Cars, Toy Story 3 and The Little Mermaid hit the ice. This review will have lots of spoilers, so if you want to be surprised by all of the Disney magic, just know that the show is incredible and you really don’t want to miss it.
Decided you want to know more about the show? Great! Because I have some awesome tips for you and your family!
Know Before You Go:
Whether you are seeing this amazing show at the Santa Ana Star Center or another location, one of my biggest tips of advice is the same that I give to those going to Disneyland or Disney World… Arrive Early! This is particularly true for those of you attending performances in Rio Rancho this weekend. The Balloon Fiesta is also going on, and you don’t want to be battling the extra traffic and crowds of people who descend on the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area to watch all of the hot air balloons!
The nice perk of arriving early is you can park your car easier, purchase your tickets and get through security quicker, and the lines to the bathroom, souvenir stands and concession stands are considerably shorter. Some of the favorite souvenirs we saw were cotton candy, snow cones in character cups, light up wands, and dolls and stuffed animals. Souvenirs ranged from $5 for a lollipop, coloring book, or reusable Disney on Ice bag to $35 for a Sven stuffed animal or Mickey Bubbles Wand.
Once you’ve found your seats and are settled in, the real magic begins as Mickey, Minnie and their pals take you on an adventure through four classic Disney and Disney * Pixar movies: Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Frozen.
Your first stop is into the toybox with everyone’s favorite toys. The scene starts with Andy preparing to go to college and singing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as he reminisces playing with Woody over the years.
Next, Andy tells Sarge that their mission is complete and Andy leaves. Meanwhile green army men come out in droves, including one who parachutes down onto the rink. This transitions into the song, “The Toys are Back in Town” and Hamm, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Barbie, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye and Woody make their grand entrance.
The toys find themselves at Sunnyside Day Care with Lotso and Ken. After a quick introduction to each other, Ken and Barbie do a couple of great skating duets that are quite impressive, but the real highlights of this portion of the show are the aerial stunts. In addition to parachuting army men, Woody also takes off on a kite as he tries to leave Sunnyside and my favorite part by far was seeing the Little Green Men (or aliens) appear at the end of the segment to rescue the toys with “”The Claw”.
The Toy Story 3 segment had my whole family cheering and my two and four year old boys were happily cheering every time one of their favorite characters appeared.
After Toy Story 3, we were taken under the sea with Sebastian, Ariel and Flounder. The Little Mermaid segment is very compact, but you will still find yourself moving and grooving in your seats. If you’re a fan of the music of The Little Mermaid (and who isn’t?), you will love singing along to “Part of Your World”, “Under the Sea”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl”.
Disney Diva Tip: When picking your seats, I highly recommend trying to get them on the floor level. During The Little Mermaid segment, bubbles cascade down onto the audience sitting in the floor section, and throughout the show, audience members sitting on the floor are treated to characters waving, blowing kisses and even stopping in front of them and striking a pose for you to snap a quick photo. This definitely makes the show even more magical and it is a great experience for your loved ones.
After The Little Mermaid segment, there is a brief intermission for fifteen minutes. This is the perfect time to stretch, use the bathroom, grab something to eat, or buy some of your favorite souvenirs. Just remember to head back to your seats in time for the second act!
After intermission, Mickey and Minnie realize that their roadster, Rider, isn’t working right, and go off in search of someone to repair their car. Rider is discovered by Mater and the residents of Radiator Springs, specifically, Ramone, Flo, Sally, And Lightening McQueen. The Cars segment was the one that impressed my husband the most, particularly because the cars were drifting on the ice (and Mater even drove backwards)! There were also some great sparks and fireworks that enhanced the special effects.
Once Rider was fixed (thanks to the help of the Radiator Springs residents), Mickey and Minnie returned to find Rider repaired and they took off to Arendelle for the show’s final segment.
Frozen whisked you through a quick retelling of the story, featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Hans. Like The Little Mermaid, the main highlights of this segment was the music. My daughter was singing along with fan favorites such as “For the First Time in Forever”, “Love is an Open Door”, “Let It Go”, “In Summer” and “For the First Time in Forever”, and this was her favorite portion of the show. Like Cars, Frozen also contained fireworks and sparks, which dazzled the audience.
Our family really enjoyed watching Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see one of Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice productions, you know that they pull out all the stops when it comes to special effects, great costumes (I thought Flotsam and Jetsam in particular were designed very creatively), and of course phenomenal skating. These performers are truly talented athletes that embrace their roles and shine on the ice. It truly is a magical show that you and your loved ones will enjoy.
And of course, make sure you have fun! Remember, this show is very interactive! Audience members are ENCOURAGED to sing, clap, dance, and move along with the characters. You are also encouraged to take selfies and share them on social media, just remember to use the hashtags #DisneyonIce and #WorldsofEnchantment. Feld Entertainment may even choose to have your photos featured!
Want to make this show even more spectacular? Consider upgrading your tickets with the special VIP package! The VIP package allows everyone in your party to meet and take pictures with Anna and Elsa, sing songs, do crafts, and more an hour before the show begins! Disney Diva Tip: Everyone in your party must have the VIP package added to their tickets. You will not gain entry to the VIP experience without a VIP ticket. For more details, as well as tips to know before you go, please click here and then click on “Character Experiences” on the left-hand side, or ask us a question in the comments below.
I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this production as much as my family and I did. There are still a few days left to claim your tickets for this great show! The remaining schedule at the Santa Ana Star Center is as follows:
Friday, October 11th– 7pm
Saturday, October 12th– 11am, 3pm, and 7pm
Sunday, October 13th– 11am, 3pm, and 7pm
Make sure you head to Ticketmaster to get your tickets today or find a Disney on Ice production coming to a town near you!
Disney Diva Disclaimer: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, in exchange for my time promoting, attending and reporting my opinion of shows on this blog, Feld Entertainment has provided my family and I with complimentary tickets to Feld Entertainment shows. They also have generously included four tickets for our blog to give away to one lucky reader. Though I do receive these benefits, I ALWAYS give an honest opinion that is 100% mine.