We went out to the
Patriot Eagle Bank Center Arena last night to check out Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids.
We had so much fun 🙂
The show features several of your favorite Disney stories, and, amazingly, after all that time you’ve probably spent watching Nemo on repeat with your toddler, they can tell the stories in 4-5 minutes! It’s incredible 🙂
Mickey and Minnie (also Donald and Goofy)
Princesses and Princes! (Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Anna and Elsa, Belle, Rapunzel)
Nemo (complete with a Giant Turtle!)
Aladdin and the Genie
The Lion King
And more 🙂
As a former skater, I really appreciate the level of difficulty these skaters are performing, although I always have to chuckle that the kids don’t seem to be impressed by anything less than a backflip as far as actual skating goes. They do however LOSE THEIR MINDS when their favorite characters come out. I really appreciate that Disney does a great job of packing in the princesses for those who like them (me) and also fitting in a number of “not girly” characters for those who prefer their hero/ines with a little less frill (my daughter).
Standouts for me were Mulan, the Blue Fairy, and the pairs skaters who played Simba and Nala. Everyone is so incredibly talented, though, so it’s hard to pick a favorite! The show does have special effects that include some firework/pyrotechnic elements, so be prepared for that if you have a little one who is sensitive.
Also, EVERYBODY is going to sing along at the top of their lungs, especially to “Let it Go”, so you may as well just join right on in and enjoy it.
Eagle Bank Arena does have lots of dining options priced as you would except a venue of this type to be, including Chick Fil A, Piasano’s Pizza, and some in-house brands offering burgers, chicken tenders, pretzels, etc. There are MANY opportunities to purchase merchandise, as well, including snow cone commemorative cups, hats on top of cotton candy, glow items, shirts, and more. There are also a few stands offering pictures with characters for an additional fee, if you are so inclined.
The show runs 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. I took two 7 year olds who both seemed enthralled the entire time, although certainly happy for that bathroom break. We did see a few families with very young toddlers who couldn’t make it the whole way, although I think that was more a function of it being past their bed time than anything else. If you’re planning to take a very young child, I’d opt for the matinee times on Saturday or Sunday, rather than the evening shows the other nights.
100 Years of Magic plays Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax through Sunday, October 25th with tickets starting at just $20!