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