On Saturday evening, we made the trip over to Leeds to catch the first stop on the latest Disney On Ice production Worlds of Fantasy.
This is a repeat of the popular tour from a couple of years ago and is a great chance to see it again, and to introduce it to younger children. We had a brilliant time.
The show kicks off with Mickey and Minnie taking a car trip. The car breaks down and even with the help of Donald and Goofy, they can't get it started again. They then take a journey to meet some familiar faces on their quest to get their car fixed.
First up was help in the form of Cars. Lightning McQueen, Sally, and Mater all rally round to spring Mickey and Minnie's car into action.
Then, Mickey and Minnie find the undersea world, and hear the story (abridged with some poetic licence into fifteen minutes) of The Little Mermaid, with help from Sebastian and Flounder, and a very impressive Ursula the sea witch. Watch out for the bubbles if you sit near the front!
The next stop is Pixie Hollow and we hear the story from Tinkerbell the movie and see how the coming of spring is almost halted by some fairy mischief, but it all works out in the end! There is some fabulous skating and flying, and it's all very colourful.
The first half is around 45 minutes, which is just about long enough for very young children. There is an interval and then the full second half is.....
TOY STORY 3!
All the characters are here, including Buzz, Woody, Jessie, and even a slinky-dog. Our favourite was Rex, who it turns out is also a very good singer! The adults liked Ken and Barbie, who do a great dance together. If you sobbed like a baby at the end of Toy Story 3 the movie, the ice version isn't much different.
The show closes with a group dance from all the Toy Story characters joined by Minnie, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. We were in the arena for two hours, but it flew by. It never lost pace and the children (aged from three to nine) were enthralled throughout.
We really enjoyed the show and it didn't matter that the older ones had seen it already. Even the nine-year old had forgotten most of it in the meantime, and the three-year olds were perfectly behaved through their first live event experience.
The tour runs in the UK through March and April. Tour dates are....
First Direct Arena, Leeds 5th - 9th March 2014
LG Arena, Birmingham 13th -16th March 2014
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 20th – 23rd March 2014
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow 27th – 30th March 2014
Echo Arena, Liverpool 2nd – 6th April 2014
Wembley Arena, London 17th – 20th April 2014
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff 23rd – 27th April 2014
Disclosure - We were given tickets to attend this show in order to do this review.