This week Disney On Ice has returned to the North East for their Dream Big show; Presented by none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse, between acts they tell the story of how you should believe in yourself and follow your dreams, a beautiful underlying message for all of the children in the audience.

I was lucky enough to attend the opening night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle and found myself surrounded by thousands of families, with children of all ages, mostly dressed as Disney Princesses themselves. Everyone was fully embracing their love for Disney and were all ready for a really good time!
Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review
The show started at 6:30pm, which gave everyone just enough time to get there after work and almost meant it wasn't to much of a late finish for the little ones. The arena was packed and the atmosphere was incredible, with everyone singing along to all of their favourite Disney songs. The laughter and smiles on everyone's faces added extra happiness to the night, and I'm not just talking about the young ones - the parents were all loving it too!

I have to give a mention to how great the security procedures were on the night. Before entering the area, everyone had to walk individually through metal detectors and all bags were searched. Having attended over 50 events at the Metro Radio Arena, this was the best and most thorough security checks I have ever experienced, and it really did make us feel very safe once inside.
Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review
The show started with the story of Aladdin complete with the Genie and Princess Jasmine, skating around the rink beautifully and showcasing some impressive tricks on the ice. Next were scenes from Beauty & The Beast which saw a recreating of the famous 'Be Our Guest' dancing dinner table scene, Tangled and Sleeping Beauty. 
Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review
Elodie's favourite part was when Moana and her huge sidekick Maui took to the ice (for the first time with Disney On Ice) to sing and dance to a few songs from the movie, complete with fire on the rink to really add the wow factor. The songs and skates were broken up with re-enactments of small scenes from each of the films to tell the stories of each character. This was a really great way to add some comedy and the fun factor into the show, which worked really well to keep all of the children fixated rather than having just constant skating and music. We were seated near children of all ages, and didn't notice any of them getting bored or distracted at any point - It's a very well thought out family production.
Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review
Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review

We were pleased to find that there was a half time interval, which allowed for toilet breaks and trips to the refreshment and merchandise stands. As you would expect from this kind of event, prices are quite high... We paid £10 for a large hot dog, chips and bottle of drink and bought Elodie a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt for £12. Programmes are on sale for £8, figurines, soft toys and dolls all have varying prices, flashing lights and flashing mouse ears start at £18 each (!) and snow cones in plastic character cups start at £9 each - I was so tempted by these, but couldn't bring myself to pay the price! There are also photo booths where children could have their photos taken in scenes from The Little Mermaid and Frozen, but again you had to pay for this.



I do have to express how disappointed (although not surprised) we were by the high prices, as it was clear to see many children were left saddened at being told they couldn't have the things on offer. I've been to many concerts around the country over the years and merchandise is always priced unfairly, but I did have a bit of hope that at a child targeted event, they might have been a little more reasonable.

Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review

Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review



Once everyone was seated again, the show was back in full swing with scenes from Cinderella (who wore some amazing, sparkly, glass slipper inspired skates) an The Little Mermaid, which was my personal favourite. It's always been my favourite Disney film, so to see them recreate Under The Sea with bubbles cascading down from the ceiling and Kiss The Girl complete with Flounder, Sebastian and even Ursula, really made my night. It took me back when I was six years old in Florida and the film had just been released, it felt magical.Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review

Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review

Disney On Ice Dream Big Newcastle Review

The final scenes starred Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Hans and Olaf who skated and danced under falling snow, to all of the Frozen favourites including Let It Go, Do You Wanna Build A Snowman and Love Is An Open Door. At this point the whole crowd were in full swing, singing along to all of the songs, children were dancing in the aisles and thoroughly loving the final scenes of the show.



For the encore, all of the characters and skaters were back on the stage to say goodbye. I was really impressed at just how many people were on the ice, it was such a big production and the talent of all the skaters was amazing (we only noticed one little slip throughout the whole show).

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big is live in Newcastle until October 7th with ticket prices starting around the £22 mark. The tour will then move on to other areas of the UK including Manchester, Sheffield, London and Dublin.
Let me know if you've been, or if you plan on going to a show soon!

*I received our tickets in return for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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