Disney on Ice Review: Is It Worth It?

by | Mar 21, 2023 | News Outside the Parks

When you can’t get to the parks, get to the rinks! We checked out the latest show from Disney on Ice and discovered that character greets are closer to home than you think.
The long-running family favorite Disney on Ice production tours worldwide, bringing the magic of Disney to cities everywhere in just an afternoon show. But just like a successful day in the parks, extra prep before you bundle up and head out for the arena makes for smooth sailing skating. Here’s our review of Disney on Ice – and what you can expect from the experience if you’re hoping to catch a show in your hometown.

Getting Started: How to Buy Disney on Ice Tickets

Disney on Ice review

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If you’ve seen Disney on Ice before, that’s no reason to skip another show! Each year, the exact shows touring and hitting the ice rinks around the world vary – and you can usually catch a new show featuring fresh music, new characters, and an entirely new storyline. To avoid missing certain characters, head over to the official Disney on Ice page to see which of the five shows currently skating are coming to your city. Operated 68 countries in partnership with Feld Entertainment since 1981, it’s the quality of Disney we all know and love, just in a totally different format!

You’ll be able to buy tickets online for any city you’re interested in. Ticket buying was easy to navigate, as you’re ported over to the Ticketmaster site to make final online payments. Using the Ticketmaster App or your Apple Wallet with e-tickets makes entry a breeze, especially when bringing the littlest fans in tow. Disney on Ice prices range from $15 to $90, depending on your seat selection and host city.

Remember, not every show has the same characters, so be sure to check out the “more details” section before hitting that buy tickets button! Hot Tip: Check with your local TV and radio stations when Disney on Ice is coming to your hometown; many offer free ticket giveaways closer to showtime.

Enhance Your Experience with Extra Pixie Dust

Disney on Ice Character Experience

Photo courtesy of Disney

Depending on your city of choice, there are a of couple extras you may want to add-to-cart when checking out. During select tours, Disney on Ice guests are invited to enhance their show tickets with extra-special experiences. These can include:

  • A pre-show Character Experience, which can range from a dance party and crafting activity to character meet and greets to story time with Belle and Mickey
  • VIP Parking, with a prepaid and dedicated parking area

You can also enhance your experience for free! Be sure to check out the official Disney on Ice site, where you’ll find special extras that you and your kids can try at home ahead of the show. It’s full of behind-the-scenes videos, “Ultimate Guest Checklists,” and free printable coloring sheets to kick off the magic from home.

At the Show: What to Expect from Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice Merch

A look at one of the merch tables inside the arena. Photo by Brydie Huffman

The staples of Disney on Ice we adults knew as kids are still there, but impressive additions (ring of fire on ice, anyone!?) make for a great show, especially for little ones ages 3 and up. When you enter the arena, you’ll find merch tables selling Disney on Ice staples like the usual light-up wands and Mickey ears (at our show, these also included Encanto pop-it style bracelets and necklace kits). 

When the show begins, you’ll be able to see from pretty much any seat. The Olaf binoculars were great for catching the fine details of the “dissolvable snowflakes’ and reindeer fur in the first act of Frozen. The details captured on the casita from Encanto to the sequins on Mirabel’s skirt could be seen even from second bowl seating. While the characters are the stars of the show, adults will appreciate the attention to detail throughout.  

For extra fun beyond the show itself, you can also find additional activities around the arena. For example, photo booths with show-themed backdrops were available in four locations at our local show. Tiered packages, which ranged from bronze ($25) to gold ($40) were available; purchase one of these, and you’ll get you a range of digital downloads and framed photo printouts.

How long is Disney on Ice? Run time averages between 1.5 to 2 hours, with a 15 to 20 minute intermission. So, if you need to work around bedtime, opt for the matinee shows.

Encanto Casita - Disney on Ice

Photo by Brydie Huffman


Our Verdict: Is Disney on Ice Worth It?

Whether you’re a fan of traditional classics, or the latest Disney hits, Disney on Ice lets us recapture that little bit of magic from our home-away-from-home. Both kids and adults can enjoy the magic for an afternoon, and you don’t have to travel to a theme park for it!

Running in select cities until May 14, check out the official site for details and shows in your area. If you want to spread the magic even more, don’t miss other Disney events that may be coming to your hometown, like the Disney Animation Immersive Experience that’s also available across North America! 

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