Feeling stuffed with turkey and fixins? Still got eleven assorted relatives hanging around your house looking for something to do? I have the family friendly solution to your problem.
Disney on Ice presents “Follow Your Heart” at the Hampton Coliseum the rest of this weekend with two shows on Friday, two shows on Saturday and two shows on Sunday — with lots of great seats available!
I took the silver haired guy I live with and two of my grandchildren, 5-year old Joe and almost 7-year old Alice to opening night. Alice is a veteran. Her first Disney on Ice was the Frozen version, beloved by all little girls. Joe was a first timer.
As we sauntered into the Hampton Coliseum, Alice’s first words were, “I forgot how big it was.” Joe just took it all in. There were tons of kids dressed up as their favorite Disney characters and lots of excitement in the air. This is a perfect family show – big, loud, colorful with something for everyone. Maybe it’s a bit of a cliché, but Joe laughed with delight as Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy skated out onto the ice for the first number.
“Follow Your Dreams” includes all your Disney favorites. There’s even a throwback to Disney’s 1940’s Fantasia with Mickey as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice bobbing and weaving alongside twenty eerie Day-Glo brooms all around the ice.
“Riley” — the preteen central character from Pixar’s hit, “Inside Out,” makes an appearance in a scene where both Joy and Sadness are skating in an effort to make Riley understand just what is going on in her brain. The character’s love of hockey was a big part of the movie, so the giant slab of ice on the floor of the coliseum fit’s perfectly for this segment.
Alice was thrilled that all her favorite princesses were there. The adults in the crowd appreciated the beautiful skating in this segment as each princess took to the ice with their prince.
My favorites were the aerial acrobatics, performed on skates. Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, skates beautifully around the ice with her prince, then is suddenly spinning overhead from a rope. My grandchildren just sat there awestruck with mouths wide open. She was strong and graceful.
The skater/acrobat who performed as Rapunzel was even more stunning. She flew through the air on huge pieces of silks that looked like wings. Joe couldn’t believe what he was seeing. I was pretty impressed too.
Dory, Nemo and the giant octopus Hank, “swim” around the ice, looking for her parents. Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory was a huge hit this year. That silver haired guy I live with? He hasn’t seen this movie and had a hard time following the plot line. He appreciated the skating, the costumes, and the visual effects, but the show does rely on some previous experience with the films they’re drawing from. As a Detroit Red Wings fan, he really enjoyed seeing a big old red octopus on the ice.
Frozen fans will not be disappointed. The shortened story of the two sisters, Elsa and Anna has all kinds of awesome special effects. Olaf the snowman sings his signature hit, “In Summer.” The final song of the night is “Let It Go”. Everyone in the audience joined in. I looked around me. The adults were having as much fun as the kids.
One word of caution, if you are planning on wearing your princess dress to see this show, be sure to wear your long underwear and bring a shawl. It was cold inside the Hampton Coliseum. I guess they’ve got to keep that ice frozen solid. I was glad I wore my wool socks and boots.
On the way out, with all the still wide-awake throngs of kids chatting happily with their parents, I asked Joe, my 5-year old grandson, what his favorite part was. His exact words: “All of it!” Holding my hand, he looked up at me and said, “Thank you for taking me to this show, Nana!”
We talked about it all the way home. I’m sure we will be talking about it today at Thanksgiving dinner.
It was a great night!
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart runs through this Sunday at the Hampton Coliseum.
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