Disney on Ice is one of our favourite activities of the year. But it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, so we have put together five tips for getting the most out of your Disney on Ice experience.
1. Princess Gowns are Essential
Now I know many parents shudder at the thought of letting their little ones out of the house in full fancy dress, but this is the one place your princess will be celebrated, in all her hot pink glory! No one is judging you here so let your little girl put on her biggest, fluffiest, brightest princess dress and enjoy the sight of thousands of miniature princesses streaming through the gates. You're out of place if you're NOT in a princess dress- so as Elsa says "Let it Go!"
2. Get There Early
It's a big carpark, and an even bigger venue, so give yourself at least 45 minutes (and preferably an hour) to get in, get through the merchandise and food stalls and get to your seat. When they announce that the show is about to start they aren't kidding. We missed the very beginning because we weren't in time. Know which door you are going to and head that way. There are more food and merchandise stalls as you go around so you don't need to stop at the ones at the front. The parking was fine, there was plenty of space (and we didn't pre-book).
3. Bring Snacks
I'm not sure about all the arenas but I can tell you that the Allphones Arena in Sydney has a very limited variety of food, especially stuff that's appropriate for little kids. I'm not sure about you but I'm not keen on small children getting their hands on a bag of Fantails or Minties. There are no Maltesers, M&Ms or anything little. The Disney stalls have popcorn and snowcones and I saw some fairy floss and ice creams but that was it. So stock up because what they do have at the snack bar will cost you a lot!
4. Prepare for the Merchandising
Now you know these things come with merchandising and you either love it or loathe it (I'm firmly in the love category). Yes, it's not cheap and you won't really find anything under $15 but prepare yourself (and your kids) in advance if you are going to buy something or not. If you're not then please don't be the parent that lets their kid get all the way up the front of the line and then decide you're not paying for plastic and they can't have anything. It's traumatic for everyone involved. If you're short on money why not grab some glow sticks from Kmart and take them with you?
5. Take a Warm Jacket
The stage is made of ice and if we don't want them to fall into a wet puddle then it has to be cold in there. The longer you are in there the colder you get, so take a warm jacket for you and your princesses.
So there you have it. If you follow these tips the whole family will have an AMAZING time. It really was so much fun and it took me back to all the amazing times I had at Disney On Ice when I was a child.