November was a tough month for us. My Dad was sick, then dying, and it was hard for all of us. I felt like I didn’t have a lot of time or energy to do fun things with Q. For this reason, I was so thankful that we were able to make it to Disney on Ice this year. The timing of the show was both perfect and awful at the same time, because it was the day the end started for my Dad, but it gave both Q and I a few hours to escape the sadness that was our reality at the time. It was a chance for us to spend time with friends, smile and laugh and for him to just be a carefree kid, even if just for a bit.
Q was SO excited for the show, and had been telling anyone who woukd listen all about it for days. I had been apprehensive to leave my dad and the hospital, but even though he couldn’t talk anymore, Dad gave us the gift of telling me that he wanted us to go. So we did. And I am so grateful for that.
As we often do, we invited Q’s best friend Obz and her mom to join us. Since this was a special “date night”, Q decided that he had to dress up in his best “snazzy outfit”. Do you like it?
Obz also dressed up in her Princess gear complete with Katy Perry hair and tiara and I think they made a beautiful couple.
Then it was time for the show to start. We had amazing seats, and soon the music started and characters started to make their way out. Q nearly lost his mind cheering and clapping for them all, and was so very excited to see Baloo and a couple of other favourites making their way out.
We celebrated a Very Merry Unbirthday with Mickey, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and it was a hit indeed.
After the party, during the clean up, Mickey found a book and hat that turned him into Sorcerer Mickey from Fantasia. Q wasn’t familiar with this number, but loved it. The music is so catchy and fun, how could you not like it?
Especially when there are glowing brooms that dance on their own?
Jack Skellington appeared and brought with him all of the villains for a party, which was cool. Both kids love a Nightmare before Christmas ( as do I!) and none of us knew that Jack or the villains would be in the show.
Q was enthralled with the whole show. It was nice to see the smile on his face.
Minnie wished (with the Fairy Godmother’s help, of course) for a magical Valentine’s Day.
Who better to help with that than the princesses? This is also where all the really cool tricks came in. Everyone from Tiana to Mulan was there, with their princes, of course.
Minnie was transformed into a beautiful Princess and was greeted by Prince Mickey
The Fairy Godmother returned with all of the princesses around a water fountain in the first half finale.
Then it was time for intermission. Q and Obz were each allowed to choose one treat. Q had been looking forward to the rainbow snowcone in the “fancy cup” for days, and although they are crazily expensive, how could I say no to that face? Obz chose to go with a giant bag of popcorn, bigger than her head.
Back from intermission, Mickey introduced his Digital Global destinator. Through this fancy machine, we were transported to all kinds of parties and festivals around the world. Q LOVED this, and says it was his favourite part of the whole show.
First up, a Luau in Hawaii with Lilo and Stitch, complete with fire!
Then it was off to Japan for the Cherry blossom Festival, and to China to see the dragons. We travelled to Brazil for Carnivale, and to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
It was so much fun to get to see festivals around the world, and Q told me that he didn’t even know that some of them existed. Now he wants to go and check them all out. He’s serious too. I suspect he will travel the world someday.
Seeing as it was Christmas time, we had to have that as well. Goofy Claus even made an appearance, in a huge cloud of smoke down the chimney!
What would a Disney on Ice show be without the Toy Story characters? Q loved watching Ham and Rex rocking out pretty much right in front of us.
And woah, could Buzz Lightyear leap!
Although she didn’t play a huge part in this show, Q was thrilled to see Tinkerbell make an appearance. He adores the Fairies, and wishes they were around more (as do I, ha.)
Goofy Claus appeared with a sleigh full of presents, and to make the night just a bit more magical, it snowed. Everyone oohed and ahhed at that, and it was beautiful.
What had a fantastic time at the show, and both kids were asleep before we even made it to the highway to start the drive home. It gave Q and I a chance to forget about everything that was going on for a few hours and just have some fun. For that alone I will be forever grateful.
If you haven’t had a chance to catch a Disney on Ice show, I would strongly recommend it. They are full of magic and surprises, and you never know just who you might see!