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Disney on Ice is coming back to Newcastle this October. We absolutly love these nights out. Each year it has been an amazing show, and they have such a sense of magic and such a special evening out.
If you haven't been before, and are considering it, then hopefully this post might help. There is some information about this year's show, and then some tips for the night.
As usual it's home in Newcastle is the Utilita Arena (what used to be the Metro Arena, and for anyone like me who rejects change you might know it as the Telewest Arena). It's on for five days between 2-6 October 2019.
We’ve been lucky enough to go for the last two years to the show, and both times it’s been a brilliant night out. We loved every bit of it. My five year old talks about it all of the time. It was everything we’d hoped it would be. The staging and props are amazing, with huge worlds created in seconds in front of your eyes, with so many ooh and ahhh moments (I have my fingers crossed they’ll bring back some of the indoor fireworks and flames as they were incredible.) We loved spotting our favourite characters, the fab soundtrack, and of course the ice skaters are incredible. Apart from the odd episode of Dancing on Ice (particularly the Todd Carty aimlessly skating out of the ring clip) I have never really given ice skating much thought, but seeing these skaters in real life is unreal. They did some crazy, scary, impressive things with their body and were so elegant. If you haven’t guessed so far…we LOVED it, so we can’t wait to do it all again this year.
This year Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, so you can expect all your old favourites along with the modern classics. If you are going this year then you are in for a treat, as it is packed full of Disney greats. There are over 50 characters from past and present and it is the biggest Disney on Ice yet. As Walt Disney himself said, “It was all started by a mouse.” So to celebrate 100 years of magic, Mickey and Minnie are honoured as hosts of the show, introducing their pals. Snow White, Elsa and Anna, Timon and Pumbaa and so many more of the characters loved by kids and grown ups over the last 100 years.
The staging and scenery promises to take the audience to the heart of Africa with The Lion King, the Beast’s castle and the magical kingdom of Arendelle along with many more. The much loved Toy Story characters will be making an appearance this year. I don’t know if he’ll be there, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll get to see Sporky on the ice in October.
There are over 30 songs to singalong to (so perhaps stock up on throat lozengers) and include faves like “Hakuna Matata,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Let It Go” and “A Whole New World.”
Tickets are available from Utilita Arena and prices start from £18.
Couple of tips if you are going this year:
Do not take any kind of backpacks. Small bags are allowed, but even the tiniest of backpacks aren’t. We learned this the hard way the first year we went when we had to put my little boy’s Skip Hop backpack in the bin (i still haven’t got over it two years on. I loved that bag!)
Wear layers. I’m sure I remember our first year as quite cold, and us leaving our coats on, but last year we were toasty warm. I don’t know if it depends on the part of the arena we were in? But at least with layers it means that you shouldn’t be too hot or cold either way.
If you have younger kids then go for the matinee performances at 10:30, 14:30 or 16:00 on 4th, 5th or 6th October. The 18:30 show finished at about 21:00 I remember rightly. It is a treat to be out late, but if you are worried about them falling asleep the earlier shows might be the one for you.
Bring cash with you. The official line is that you can’t take any refreshments into the arena, so no savings to be made there. The drinks are fairly expensive, so make sure that you have money to buy them if you’ll need them. I can’t work out from the website whether you are allowed to take in sweets, but I think we’ll try to take our own and chance it. There is loads of Disney toy memorabilia to buy and it would be easy to spend a fortune, so perhaps set the kids a budget if you want to get them a treat. That way they know how much they can spend before they go in, and can have fun picking. Or have a look on ebay and amazon in advance for light up toys, you can get a pack of 2 for about £5 so a bargain compared to arena prices.
Let us know if you have any tips to share with other people who might be heading to Disney on Ice for the first time.