I have five grandchildren. I am very lucky that four of them live right here in Hampton Roads. I am not that Nana who had enough of raising her own children and then moved away to Sunset, Florida to enjoy her retirement years. Not me. I moved closer to my grandchildren to enjoy my retirement years.
That is why I am always happy when Disney on Ice makes its way to Hampton Roads. This weekend, you and your children, your grandchildren, or any children you love can enjoy “Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment” at the Hampton Coliseum. It started last night and will run through Sunday, November 11, with matinees and evening shows every day. https://www.hamptoncoliseum.org/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-worldsofenchantment
This is a great show for children and adults to enjoy together. Who doesn’t love the Disney characters? Who doesn’t love ice-skating? Who doesn’t love flips, jumps, swinging from the ceiling and other hold your breath moments but not too scary moments? Who doesn’t love music you can all sing along to? Who doesn’t love watching the children they love light up at the sight of Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen or Elsa?
This is the perfect show to introduce your children to the wonderful world of live entertainment. They may have fallen in love with these characters on a screen, but now they will see them right on the icy floor of the Hampton Coliseum, along with a few thousand other fans. There is nothing like a good live show.
My one and only grandson, Joe, turned seven last week. He is a delightful boy, the youngest of four. He has extreme patience, no front teeth and good humor (most of the time) for his three older sisters. He is interested in just about everything. Being one of five kids myself; I know what it’s like to get lost in the shuffle, so I try to take each of the grandchildren alone, overnight, once a month. We call it their “Special Day”. We might take a trip to the Children’s Museum of Virginia, or the Virginia Zoo, or we might just stay home and learn to bake a pie.
I also try to take them places that might spark their creativity and help them to appreciate the arts. It’s good to take children to live shows – theater, concerts, events. “Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment” is all three put together in one great big colorful package. We took Joe last night to the Hampton Coliseum for his Special Birthday Night to see a “really big show” (in the words of Joe, not Ed Sullivan).
“Worlds of Enchantment” presents abbreviated versions of four Disney classics – “Toy Story”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Disney Pixar’s Cars”, and Frozen. If you are lucky (like Joe), you will get seated next to an adorable blond girl dressed up like a princess. If you own a Disney princess costume, wear it, you won’t be alone.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy introduce the four stories. Despite being around since 1928, everyone still loves Mickey Mouse and the crowd roared their approval. “Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment” starts out with “Toy Story”. All your favorite characters are gliding around on the ice and singing some of your favorite Randy Newman songs. Joe loved the march of the toy soldiers across the ice and parachuting down from the ceiling. I enjoyed plastic-haired Ken giving a fashion show for his love Barbie.
Next up was a quick version of “The Little Mermaid.” Joe’s 41-year-old mother was with us. She loved “The Little Mermaid’ as a kid. She was disappointed that they cut out her favorite song by the evil Ursula, Poor Unfortunate Souls, but the kids in the audience didn’t even notice. The skaters being waves “under the sea” fascinated Joe.
The mini Zamboni at intermission also fascinated Joe. This is a boy who wants to know how things work. Fortunately, my former hockey-playing husband knows exactly how a Zamboni works. Intermission was educational.
The third story of the evening was “Disney Pixar’s Cars”. There were no skaters on the ice, only some spiffy cars and a tow truck named Mater. Inquiring minds wondered how those cars zipped around the ice without running into each other. Joe liked the sparks and the smoke.
“Frozen” is the grand finale of the show. The special effects are beautiful. Snow falls gently from the ceiling. The “sky” glows purple and blue. There is a fountain with real water that becomes “frozen.” Elsa is larger than life, very dramatic and a wonderful skater. Everyone sings along to her big song. After a long day at school with a field trip to the Zoo, Joe was still on the edge of his seat two hours into the show.
As we were walking out of the Coliseum with 2,000 other tired, but delighted children, Joe took my hand and said, “Thanks for taking me to the ice show Nana.” He is a very polite child. His parents have taught him well, but he is also a very smart child. He knows I’m a sucker for a child who shows appreciation, and a sucker for a Disney on Ice show.
There are plenty of seats still available for today, Saturday and Sunday. Go to https://www.hamptoncoliseum.org
For times and tickets.