Disney on Ice, London (02 Arena)

I have always wanted to watch Disney on Ice. They toured almost every year in Taiwan when I lived there but I never got the opportunity to go. So when I heard they would be in London over Christmas and S is at the age where I knew he’d enjoy it, I booked tickets in a heart beat (we sat in block 111, row A. Although we had a side view, the performers used the entire rink and so we didn’t miss a thing).

It was at the 02 Arena in North Greenwich, London. Thankfully, a few days before we were going, my friend Ritu who’d already been, suggested I introduce S to Toy Story if he didn’t know it (he didn’t). Lucky for us, Toy Story was on tele on the 30th and Toy Story 2 showed on the 31st. S and I watched them on the 31st and 1st so when we went on the 2nd morning, he knew exactly who Buzz and Woody were.

The doors opened at 10am and the show started at 11am. A few mum’s online had warned about how expensive everything was. Apparently a bag of popcorn was £11. We had a couple of snacks in our bag (that made it through the 2 bag searches) and we bought Ice Cream during the interval which was £3.50 a pot (not extortionate for London).

The show was MC’d by Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It started with Toy Story and The Little Mermaid in the first half.


At 35 minutes, Toy Story dragged on slightly (and I overheard the people behind us say the same), I was just glad for Ritu’s advice at that stage. Never the less, it was so well done and real ( with Woody’s voice being that of Tom Hanks, just like in the movie).

The set and costumes for The Little Mermaid were absolutely amazing. The colours were vibrant and the dancers spectacular.

There was a 15 minute interval before the even better second half! The second half brought us Disney Cars and Frozen, both of which S loves!

S was completely entranced as life sized cars drove around the rink. I have to admit, my jaw dropped when Lightening McQueen drove onto the rink.

And then the Grand Finalé, Frozen, of course. It was a 20 minute condensed version of the movie. And again the sets just blew me away! I knew it was going to be amazing, but I didn’t realise just how magnificent. It’s no wonder Disney has a knack for capturing children’s hearts. And adults too…because as I looked around, I could spot so many mums singing along to “Let it go” and “For the first time in forever”.

Disney on Ice will be touring the UK this spring, check out their website for tickets. It really is a must see!


Family Fever

For the love of cars!

We’ve had some very wet weather in the last week and so yesterday when I saw the sun peek through the clouds I thought here’s a chance for us to go to the playground. So off S and I went to our local park and as soon as we walked into the playground, I knew we’d have trouble. S spotted a shiny red car (he loves cars and thinks everyone else’s car is his!)

Tantrum causing car

He ran up to it and indicated that he’d like to ride in it. After deliberating for what seemed like forever, the lady who was holding on to it for her grandson let S have a go. Phew!! Tantrum averted (for the moment!)

After a while I could see that the lady wanted it back and while S was reluctant to get out, I could also see the slide was starting to look tempting to him. When he stepped out, I used the opportunity to lift him up, thank the lady and leg it towards his pram. I strapped him in and we started to leave the playground. And that’s when he realised and started screaming for the car. In a Houdini-like movement, he climbed out of his pram straps and lay on the floor crying. Oh how I love the tantruming terrific two’s!

Now while this is very common for children his age, what really put the icing on the cake this time was when a certain someone looking as cool as a cucumber walked by with his son Alfred and his dog Bert. You guessed it…David Walliams!! I am a huge Walliams fan and love his role in Britain’s got talent. Bert came up to us and I tried to use him as a distraction for S since he loves dogs…It turns out he loves cars more than dogs!!

This is the second time in as many weeks I’ve spotted David Walliams. Think I need to start taking S’s bike/car to the playground and doing something with my hair…