The dazzling Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

Rapunzel, Flynn & Maximus ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
Rapunzel, Flynn & Maximus ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

At home, Tangle’s Rapunzel, Flynn and the loyal steed Maximus trumps Frozen’s Elsa and Anna. Little girls around world maybe belting out “Let It Go” but our 3 year old daughter prefers Mandy Moore’s rendition of ‘I See The Light’.

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream is now on tour, nationwide and when Rapunzel let down her hair at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre, it was something our family could not miss.

Layla's Tangled inspired Rapunzel 3rd birthday cake
Layla’s Tangled inspired Rapunzel birthday cake.

All about Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

The show is divided into two 45 minute halves with a short 15 minute intermission in-between.

The first half features Disney’s classic princess fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella. The second half is dedicated to Rapunzel and the story Tangled. Along the way beloved Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald introduce each of the fairytales.

Mickey, Donald, Minnie and Goofy cameo appearances
Mickey, Donald, Minnie and Goofy cameo appearances at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love, meeting the hard working and lovable Seven Dwarfs along the way.

There are wonderful choreographed skating and pyrotechnics that bring the classic tale to life.

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Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, Snow White and Prince ©Disney. All Rights Reserved www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

It’s was the first time our kids had seen Snow White and even though these stories are condensed into shorter ice-skating performances, they stay true to the Disney classic.  That’s the thing with Disney on Ice, they know how to put on a good show.

The costumes, props and sets are authentic to the Disney movie, from the red rosy lips of snow white to the pick axes used by the dwarfs.

Prince Charming rescues sleeping Snow White
Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. Prince Charming rescues sleeping Snow White

Kids look on in amazement as real life Seven Dwarfs dance to ‘Heigh-Ho’, whilst parents wonder how performers can skate and balance with such large costume dwarf heads and boots.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

There’s an interactive component to the show, where VIP kids are inserted into certain scenes on ice, without distracting from the performance.

Whilst the dwarfs sing and dance, Dopey and Sneezy sets off to work, pushing their cart with two lucky kids across the ice.

VIP kids get pushed across the ice by Dopey and Sneezy
VIP kids get pushed across the ice by Dopey and Sneezy at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream.

Kids need not be VIPs to get in on the act, when Snow White is offered the poisonous red apple by the witch, there’s uproarious shouts of “No!”, “She’s a witch!” and “She’s lying” from kids across the arena.

Cinderella

Dreams can become reality when Cinderella meets her Prince Charming. Little girls collectively sighed as Cinderella is transformed for the ball by her Fairy Godmother.

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Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, Cinderella and Prince ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

Of little faith, I wondered how Cinderella’s rags were to be transformed into a ball gown and the illuminated pumpkin prop a carriage.

As if by magic, sprinkled with encouragement from the crowd, in unison they repeat the magical words “Bippity Buppty Boop”.  Cinderella appears in a beautiful gown riding a whimsical carriage pulled along the ice by majestic horses.

Fairy godmother magically transforms Cinderella for the ball.
Fairy godmother magically transforms Cinderella for the ball at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream.

The ice-rink transforms into Prince Charming’s  ballroom with beautiful choreography, effortlessly executed.  Kids are mesmerized by the dance between Cinderella and Prince Charming, there are spins, lifts and turns as they gracefully interwine on ice.

Cinderella in carriage ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, Cinderella in carriage ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

The highlight of this segment has to be the two wicked step sisters Anastasia and Drusilla.

In their outlandish dresses and heavy make-up they hilariously vie for Prince Charming’s attention, but end up tumbling over the ice and ungracefully showing off their pantaloons, much to the enjoyment of the kids.

Cinderella's Step Mother and Step Sisters
Cinderella’s Step Mother and Step Sisters at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

Tangled

The second half of performance is dedicated to the modern day Princess Rapunzel. Her story is beautifully retold on ice, with a replica set lifted straight out of the movie Tangled.

Everything is as you would hope for, no shortcuts have been taken to reproduce Tangled on ice. The original character voices have been used, close attention to the small details have been made including: Mother Gothels wiry hair, the shape of Rapunzel’s fry pan and the paintings on the wardrobe that Rapunzel uses to hide an unconscious Flynn Rider.

Rapunzel and Flynn ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
Rapunzel and Flynn ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

The most spectacular part of the Tangled fairytale is the aerial performances from Flynn and Rapunzel. They soar above the ice, holding two golden ribbons, twisting and gliding in the air, without wires.

Flynn and Rapunzel soar above the ice
Flynn and Rapunzel soar above the ice at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream.

Kids love the appearance of a larger than life four legged Maximus, he glides around the ice effortlessly in search of the criminal Flynn Rider.

The kids got a kick out of Maximus and the thugs
The kids got a kick out of Maximus and the thugs at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream.

Maximums arrives at the rundown pub, Snuggly Duckling, a fun comic set takes place to ‘I’ve Got a Dream’.

Rapunzel coaxes misunderstood ruffians and thugs to declare their dreams of piano playing and interior design.

Ruffians, Thugs, Flynn and Rapunzel at the Snuggly Duckling
Rapunzel and ruffians at the Snuggly Duckling ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

There is a beautiful sequence by Flynn and Rapunzel, at one stage Flynn lifts Rapunzel above his shoulders and glides across the ice with lanterns glowing above. All to the soundtrack of ‘I See The Light’.

Rapunzel and Flynn's beautiful dance on ice
Rapunzel and Flynn’s beautiful dance at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

Disney Princess grand finale

Little kids could not contain their excitement as each Disney Princess makes a grand entrance through Cinderella’s ballroom. Appearances from Aurora, Tiana, Belle, Aerial and Mulan are greeted with squeals of excitement, as kids recognise their favourite Princess dressed in white and gold.

Finale ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
Disney on Ice Finale ©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy also have a boogy at the grand finale party. As if this isn’t enough, fireworks top off the final performance.

Fireworks and a Princess finale
Fireworks and a Princess finale at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream.

Those lucky to be front row have a quick opportunity  to wave and shake the Princesse’s hands at the end of the show.

Things to know before you goto Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream Seating

The following seating details are based on Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

A Reserve tickets are positioned overlooking the VIP seating and front row ticket holders. They offered nice elevated views without any obstruction and all the characters were in full sight. As the seating is tiered the people in front aren’t a distraction.

Our A Reserve Tickets overlooking the VIP and front row seats towards the stage
Our A Reserve Tickets overlooking the VIP and front row seats towards the stage

Whilst you can see all the action, the characters are at a slight distance and photography can be tricky. Also, facial features aren’t made out clearly. As with most live performances, the closer you are to the stage the better it is. However it comes at a price.

The B Reserve tickets are situated further back and higher up. Characters are small and further away and it is difficult to make out facial features, however there are no obstructions and even towards the back you can see the entire stage.

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream Merchandise

There are so many lovely but expensive merchandise to purchase for the little ones. These are unique Disney On Ice items and not available elsewhere such as the local Kmart.

Disney On Ice Merchandise
Disney On Ice Merchandise

Be prepared to hand over some serious cash for official Disney On Ice merchandise.

The most popular piece was a light up Frozen inspired snowflake wand for $35. Other popular items include $35 Princess dolls, light up whirling Tangled wands from $28.

The wand and the sword are popular items
Disney on Ice wand and the sword are popular items

Plush toys including Maximus were $42 and Mickey helium balloons were $25. We sadly watched a child accidentally let one drift away into the night sky.

Merchandise marquees and stores are open before, during and after the performance.

Food, drink and snacks at Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

Our kids gravitated towards the $16 rainbow snow cones that came in a Disney on Ice Rapunzel Goblet. There are Mickey and other snow cone variations also.

At Intermission friends enjoyed $15 fair floss that came with a Princess crown and we shared a large bag of popcorn for $15 that came with a little reusable Disney on Ice bag.

$16 snow cone in Rapunzel goblets, kids are happy
$16 snow cone in Rapunzel goblets, kids are happy

There are food stands serving ice cream, chips, chocolate and lollies. Hot food is also available including hot chips, frankfurts and pies as well as juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea. All at marked up prices!

Geting to Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream  by car

For the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the best option is to drive and park for Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. There’s a $15 cash only flat rate.

Though there may seem to be allot of cars entering the complexing it’s relatively fast moving and attendants efficiently direct cars.

Take note of where you parked to avoid circling the car after dark.

Car park arrangement at Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Car park arrangement at Brisbane Entertainment Centre

This maybe a Brisbane thing, but even before the performance closed there was a mass exodus of the arena. Assuming that everyone wanted to get ahead of the traffic, only lots of people were doing the same thing.

We stayed to watch the show finish and took our time around the merchandise and concession stands before leaving and found exiting the complex a quick process.  However, there was a larger queue heading towards the Gateway and little traffic for Sandgate Road.

Getting to Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream by Train

The nearest train station is Boondall Station, a short walk from Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Be mindful that the path to the train station is through trees and dimly lit. No extra trains are added for the show and there is a wait at the station at night for the next train, should you miss one.

There were other people seen walking in the general direction of the train, if catching the train, practice safety in numbers.

Tips for taking kids to Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

  • No extra layers required inside
    It isn’t overly cold inside even though there is a large skating rink in the middle of the arena. Dress as warmly as you would for the outside. No extra layers are needed. There were plenty of princesses just rocking their Elsa and Rapunzel dresses.
  • Listen for the start times
    Listen out for when the show start signal, as it commences bang on time.
  • Arrive early
    Allow at least 1 hour – 30 minutes prior to the start time for snacks, merchandise, finding the gate and the all important toilet.
  • Don’t dawdle at intermission
    As soon as intermission starts, dash to the toilets. Don’t wait like others to stretch and stand around.
    The queues for the toilet at intermission were really long. Although the mens side was empty. 15 minutes is not a long time for little ones to toilet and return.
  • Pack snacks and a drink
    At the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, there were no bag checks. You can bring in some water and a few light snacks to enjoy and save some money. A packet of chips cost $5 and a water $4.80.
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©Disney. All Rights Reserved, www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream Tour dates

Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

When: Sat 27 to Mon 29 Jun

Where: Melbourne Hisense Arena, VIC

When: Thu 2 to Mon 6 Jul

Where: Sydney Allphones Arena, NSW

When: Wed 8 to Sun 12 Jul

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream Tickets and cost

Tickets NOW ON SALE from Ticketek on 132 849 or Ticketek Online.  Tickets start from just $29.50.

Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply. For more information click here.

Our family were guests of Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, however all opinions are my own.

Have you experienced Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream? Any hot tips? What did you think of the show? Leave a reply below:

2 Comments

  • I took my 3 yo son to see this. Had I known Mickey Mouse and the crew would not have major parts in this I would not have taken him. He knows nothing about Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel! He kept asking where Mickey Mouse was. After 1 hr and 45 mins I decided to leave. Disney shows should be all inclusive, not just girly stories. This was definitely a waste of $50+!!!! No more Disney shows for us…..

    • Sorry to hear about your bad time at Disney On Ice, they often have themes and recently they’ve been focussing on the princesses. It’s best to check the theme and program before purchasing tickets. The Dare to Dream reviewed here was focused on Repunzle with the Disney Characters taking a sideline. The upcoming show in Australia focusses on the Frozen theme with Anna and Elsa playing the primary roles. Hopefully they’ll have a Mickey Mouse or more male focussed Disney on Ice soon.

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