Review: Disney on Ice "Passport to Adventure" - Wembley Arena ✭✭✭✭

Disney On Ice
Passport to Adventure

Review by Charlotte Barrett

There are moments in life that one must regress and revisit the child within. Disney On Ice is one of thoses times. I always wanted to go  toDisney Live as a child but was always brutally rebuffed, no matter how intense my nagging was.

It is at the ripe age of 24 that I finally get my childhood dream of seeing Ariel, Bella and that funny Candle stick from Beauty And The Beast in "real-life", unfortunately it wasn't at Disney Land but at Wembley Arena.

Whilst fighting through the crowds of children and stressed parents with the flashing pixie sticks and the aroma of Haribo and popcorn filling the air, it's hard not to get a little too excited. I found myself singing along to "under the sea" before the show even started.

The lights went down and out came Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy ready to set off on a great adventure round the world. Our magical Disney Adventure took us to visit The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch and Peter Pan. All my favourites, the child in me wanted sing and clap along with the rest of the five year olds. Must.resist.the.temptation......

I was expecting a little more, showmanship; for lack of a better word. It was like the sound and lighting guys literally flipped a switch and sat back for 90 minutes. The songs and dialogue were all pre-recorded leaving the dancers to over emphasise their waves. I can't fault the dancers though, they were fantastic. Especially the dancer playing Lilo, top notch.

The second act was dedicated to a far off land, second star to the right and straight on till morning...yes, Peter Pan! Who doesn't love a bit of pixies dust, swarms of pirates and a giant inflatable crocodile.

I'm giving Disney On Ice, 4 stars.  I LOVED it. Sparkles, check. Disney Magic, check. Cheesy wonderment, check. I couldn't fault it at all, perhaps add a few love singers or throw in a bit more audience participation to really add that missing quality.

I can only imagine the magic, imagination and excitement it invokes in the children.

4 Stars ✭✭✭✭