Disney on Ice has arrived in Southern California with a production that takes ice skating to dazzling new levels: Mickey’s Search Party. A brand-new, immersive ice skating experience, this season’s adventure finds Mickey and friends embarking on a journey through classic Disney-Pixar stories, from characters gathering magic to save Tinkerbell from the villainous Captain Hook, to settings of favorite films, like Coco’s Marigold Bridge.
Disney on Ice has been dazzling little ones with ice-bound spectacles for generations. Mickey’s Search Party ups the ante, going beyond the ice-skating skills of performers to include aerial ribbon dancing, performers on sway poles and giant puppets.
The Adventure Begins…
The show kicks off when the pirate henchmen of Captain Hook steal Tinkerbell’s magic wand and lock her inside a lantern. The only way Mickey and the gang can free Tinkerbell is by following a treasure map and gathering magical items from classic Disney tales. This opens the door for audiences to be special guests at a Beauty and the Beast banquet, complete with dancing dinnerware, of course, sail the ocean waves with Moana and meet the Genie from Aladdin.
Princesses Take the Ice
Not to be left out of this grand adventure are Disney princesses — among them Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and Elsa from Frozen — all giving breathtaking solo performances to their classic songs. Part of the fray are performers doing flips off giant trampolines, skaters launching from ice ramps and dancers flying through the air on ropes.
Projection technology transforms the arena, bringing Andy’s room from Toy Story and the Land of the Dead from Coco to stunning life, along with many other settings. Real flames express the wrath of Moana’s fearsome Te Ka, while a cloud of bubbles brings the audience under the sea.
Tips for Parents
These elements make for a truly dazzling live experience. However, the special effects and loud noises could potentially be a lot for infants or sound-sensitive children. Still, the effects are rarely overwhelming, with noise levels never reaching truly ear-ringing levels. For concerned parents, a pair of child-specific earplugs (check age range — typically no younger than three — and safety recommendations) should suffice.
The participatory elements of the show are fun for fans of all ages as well. Some lucky kids might even get the chance to ride in a submarine through Ariel’s underwater kingdom of Atlantica, or summon the Genie with Aladdin’s lamp.
Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party is currently running at the Honda Center and Anaheim from December 19-23. Next up will be performances at the Long Beach Arena from December 26-30. The Southern California run finishes at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California from January 1-5.
Disney on Ice will be presenting a variety of shows and performances around the US through the end of March. To find an adventure arriving in your hometown, check show and ticketing information at DisneyOnIce.com.