UPDATE 2016: Read all about Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate! The newest show to come to CT for 2016.
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend and review Disney on Ice Treasure Trove. All opinions expressed are my own.
Last night we took the girls to see Disney on Ice Treasure Trove at The Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. It was our first time taking the girls to a live show. We had been talking about the event all week and they were super excited. Despite our best effort to explain the show, Juliette kept telling people she was going to Disney World. Thankfully she wasn’t too disappointed when we pulled into an ice cold parking lot in Bridgeport, CT opposed to the happiest place on earth in sunny Florida.
We plugged the address for the Webster Bank Arena (600 Main Street, Bridgeport) into the GPS and didn’t have too much trouble finding the place. There is a parking lot directly across the street from the arena with an officer directing traffic.
COST: Parking was $10.
As you enter the arena you are immediately hit with all the Disney memorabilia, food, and drinks. As you can imagine these items don’t come cheap, but it’s all part of the experience. Many of the snacks come in a souvenir cup or with a special bag or crown that you can only get at a show.
TIP: Plan ahead and eat before coming to the show to keep costs down. I brought along our Minnie ears that I got before our last trip to Disney. The girls also wore Frozen outfits (Frozen is NOT part of the Treasure Trove show) that they got as Christmas presents so there was no need to buy anything to wear at the show.
The show started with Woody and Jessie from Toy Story coming out to greet everyone. They got the crowd excited by teaching everyone the “Yee Haw Dance” song.
Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy came out to unlock the Treasure Trove and start the show.
The show included more than 50 of our favorite Disney characters and iconic scenes from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog.
Alice in Wonderland
There was a brief intermission that gave everyone enough time for a potty break or to refuel on their snacks. I decided to stay seated with the girls while Chris went out to get us some lemonade. Seated next to us was fellow blogger From Meredith to Mommy. She looked really familiar. After talking, I learned that we both live in the same town and have girls around the same age. It’s a small world.
Up until the intermission, Olivia had been sitting in her seat with her mouth hanging open. There wasn’t a distinct smile, but there wasn’t true fear either. I think she was just taking in all the sights and sounds. Of course she perked up when she saw the Zamboni that came to clean the ice.
The Lion King
The first act following the intermission was The Lion King. I’ve seen The Lion King on Broadway and it’s one of my favorite shows. They did a great job incorporating the favorite scenes and music from the movie. One thing I wasn’t expecting was for Mufasa, Simba’s father, to get trampled. I realize it was part of the story line in the movie, but it felt like a mature point to include in a show geared for children. Olivia, being my bright little 3-year-old, asked what happened. I had to think on my feet and say that the wildebeest bumped into him and knocked him down.
NOTE: Mufasa dies. Be prepared that little ones might ask questions.
The Little Mermaid
I grew up in the 90’s so it’s a no brainer that The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie. I still remember being so excited when I got a copy of the movie on VHS for my 8th birthday. The act for the Little Mermaid was probably my favorite. Everything glowed under a blacklight while they sang “Under the Sea.”
Princess and the Frog
The show ended with a parade of 9 Disney Princesses and fireworks!
Everyone really had a great time at Disney on Ice Treasure Trove. I’m so thankful that I was able to take my girls. They’ve been talking about it ever since.
I have never seen a Disney on Ice show before and part of me was even more excited than my kids. I had high hopes for the show and was certainly not disappointed. I was especially fascinated that they were dancing and singing all while skating on the ice. As someone who can’t step foot on ice without falling I appreciated how easy the actors made everything look.
If you’re interested in going to Disney on Ice while it’s in Connecticut there are still tickets. The show runs in Bridgeport at the Webster Bank Arena from January 8 – 11, 2015 and in Hartford at the XL Center January 14- 18, 2015. Check out the Disney on Ice website for tickets.