Attend a Disney On Ice’s 100 Years of Magic show and expect a myriad of charmed gazes, animated characters (both on the ice and in the audience) and massive sing-alongs to beloved songs.
If you go
Runs through Feb. 7
The United Center
1901 W. Madison St
Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney On Ice celebrates its 100 years of magical existence with more than 50 cast members. Opening up the show are old-time favorites Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, on the search for the perfect storyline.
This is where the enchantment, cherished characters and their entourage of friends come in. The first half of the show includes favorite characters from Pinocchio, Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast and, of course, princesses galore: Cinderella, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Princess Tiana, Princess Jasmine, Rapunzel from Tangled and Snow White.
Prepare to sing along to Frozen hit, “Let it Go” with sisters Anna and Elsa, who appear with the snowman that captured everyone’s heart, Olaf.
After the intermission, the show returns with Aladdin and Genie, Toy Story characters, Mulan and The Lion King characters. A smile swept over my face when I saw Timon and Pumba for the first time in years, and I admit, I joined in the chorus of “Hakuna Matata.”
I must also say, the Mulan segment was impressive, confirming that the figure skaters in Disney On Ice shows are beyond talented. The choreography throughout the show may inspire you to take on ice skating as a hobby.
As for the grand finale, all the characters perform on one stage, dancing, singing and skating their hearts away. It is truly a performance to remember for years!
Between laughs, amazed expressions and happy yelps, our family experience there is summed up in one word: delightful!
Below are some tips and good-to-know information to help make the celebration a breeze:
Choose the right timing
You have the option to attend a morning (10:30 a.m.) or evening show (7 p.m.), each lasting about two hours with a 15 minute intermission. Plan your visit according to naps or bed times. You don’t want a fussy kiddo during the show or after!
Parking is free
Don’t bother looking for a parking spot. The lot right across from the United Center has plenty available. It wasn’t much of a hassle to park or exit, just as long as you follow the line of cars.
Appropriate for all ages
Whether you have a baby who coos at everything, a rambunctious toddler or you are a kid at heart, the show is not only appropriate, but fun for all! The lights, sounds and characters are sure to keep everyone entertained (and seated!), providing just the right contrast of noise and silence. The overall atmosphere is pleasant.
36” or less? No ticket needed!
If your kiddo stands less than 36 inches tall and can sit on your lap, you don’t need to purchase an additional ticket. General admission tickets start at $20.
Bring enough cash and/or snacks and drinks
With multiple food and toy stands, you have plenty of food options to choose from before the show: popcorn, nachos and hot dogs, all priced below $10. If you feel more festive, perhaps the $15 cotton candy bag paired with an Olaf headpiece or the $12 flavored ice in an Olaf mug. If you would rather not shell out, be sure to bring some light snacks.