Just Precious

My kids don’t know their Princesses (A Night at Disney on Ice)

Posted in Uncategorized by Julie Meyers Pron on October 15, 2009


I realized this last night at Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic in Philadelaphia. About halfway through the first act, I was narrating the story of Beauty and the Beast to Middle, my four year old son. He was amazed at this enormous monster that the audience loved. “Why,” he asked, “does everyone “boo” the “normal man”?” There was total confusion, too, when the candlestick, mop and teapot started singing. Of course, it ended happily with the Beast turning into a handsome prince, but that part went way over Middle’s head. He never realized that Beast becomes Prince.

I wanted to relax and enjoy the rest of the show quietly, but following Belle’s story, several other princesses and handsome princes greeted us with a gorgeous couples skate. As I introduced each to Middle it occured to me: my boys  know every action-adventure animated feature by Disney. They can repeat Buzz and Woody’s script. They tell you what Dash will do 3 scenes ahead of the scene on the screen, and they’ll summarize Marlon’s search in the  most detailed description. But they have no idea who the princesses are, much less their stories.

Not knowing Disney’s Princesses didn’t stop them from loving the event. From the second Mickey and company skated out onto the floor to open the show to the finale when every child in the packed Wachovia Center felt a character truly waved good-bye to him personally, my boys (even my babysitter who, of course, knew all the princesses) were captive to the enchantment that is Disney. For two hours we were all lifted to that magical world where life happens around us, the stories take us in and we sit in awe unable to wipe smiles from our faces. I can’t fathom a person in the arena who wasn’t enchanted last night.

As we were leaving, my sitter asked Middle what his favorite part was?  “The cotton candy.” (Good, because it was $10 and I had to get two since someone in marketing oh-so-cleverly attached a crown with ears to each bag of cotton candy… and there was no way to get by with just one crown with ears.)

“Okay,” I asked. “What was your favorite part on the ice?”

“The Incredibles!” Big, my 6-year-old shouted.

“Ummm… Yeah, The Incredibles!” copied Middle.

About 30 minutes into our car ride home, when I thought they were all sleeping, Middle whispered, “Mommy, do you know when Mickey came out in the very beginning on ice skates with all of his friends?”

“Of course I do,” I whispered back.

“That was my real favorite part,” he said. And with a smile and his crown with ears on his head, he drifted to sleep.

We recieved tickets to see Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic from Feld Entertainment. If you don’t yet have tickets and have a 3-8 year old, you should. Buy your tickets at www.comcasttix.com with coupon code MOM for four tickets for $44 for Monday through Friday matinee shows, and  $4 off Friday night and weekend shows.  At least four tickets need to  be purchased for the code to be valid. My favorite part was the Mulan segment (which also had to be summarized), followed closely by Toy Story because my boys were so in awe of what was in front of them.


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  1. Whitney said, on October 15, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Too funny b/c we had the same reaction with the Princesses – that’s the only point where my boys were bored. Did you notice where was no Tigger and Pooh though?

    And Cole was so into Stitch – so funny! He wanted to meet him afterwords lol

  2. justprecious said, on October 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    yeah, but we weren’t affected by no Tigger & Pooh. I noticed Daisy wasn’t there. She’s my fave.

    Tigger & Pooh will be at the next Disney event on Nov. 28: http://www.wachoviacenter.com/event-details.aspx?e=4429 (Rockin’ Road Show)

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