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

THE TOY STORE, Oxford Street, London

When anyone speaks about coming to London with kids, one place that is always on the list of places to visit is Hamleys. And it is amazing! But there’s a new place in town folks and this place had me walking around like a child in a candy toy store, mouth slightly agape!

A few months ago I noticed that Dorothy Perkins at Bond Street tube station was shutting down but I had no idea what was replacing it. Until last Friday that is. I got off at Bond Street to run some errands and quite literally, could not miss this!!

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Amazing isn’t it?! It had every toy I could think of. Ben & Holly and Paw Patrol toys aren’t one’s you see just anywhere. I’m not sure when exactly The Toy Store opened but the perfectionist in me absolutely loved their displays. These pictures don’t even do it justice!

There were a members of staff dressed in various characters and a magician performing magic tricks. As you can see from the pictures, it was very quiet! I’m hoping that’s just what you get for a Friday morning and they’ll be bustling with business in no time.

Part of me cannot wait to take S while another part of me thinks I best keep him away as long as possible!!