Celebrate With Disney!

Meeting Mickey & Minnie at a “meet & greet” before the show.

Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate features familiar faces, and takes you to far away places. How else can you go to Carnaval with Mickey, Japan’s spring festival with Minnie, and end up in jumpin’ New Orleans with them both?!

While Princesses do not get my boys excited, they were certainly enthralled with Jack Skellington & his friends from Halloweentown hosting a party for the villains. Jack stole the show (hint to Disney- we want more Jack!) Other characters that my kids loved were the gang from Toy Story, Pinocchio, & Stitch.

We had some issues with obstructed view (tall people with kids who squirmed and sat on their knees), but were able to get that fixed for the 2nd act. If you have small(ish) kids, definitely opt for seats on an angle vs. floor seats..

The show runs at Pepsi Center until Sunday, December 12. Tickets are still available (contact TicketHorse at www.TicketHorse.com/DisneyOnIce, by calling 1.866.461.6556, or the Pepsi Center Box Office.), and start at $15. Parking will cost you $10.

If you want a case of Disney Fever, or you just want to be entertained, Mickey is waiting for you!

All Aboard!

Genevieve & D.C. of Choo Choo Soul

Elitch Gardens offers some great entertainment with their Summer Concert Series, there is something for everybody. Acts like Third Eye Blind, Emily Osment and preschooler favorite Choo Choo Soul. My boys were thrilled at the idea of going to see Choo Choo Soul, and I didn’t even tell them about the ride attractions!

We took the light rail to Elitch Gardens, since it has its own stop. We’ve never been to EG, but we’ve passed it many times taking the light rail downtown. The kids’ eyes were like saucers when they saw this park. The first ride we had to do was the ferris wheel. It gave great views of the park, and downtown Denver. We then headed over to Startoon Studios, where the lines were considerably less, and the rides were sized perfectly for the 5 & 3 yr old. Elijah loved the Cactus Coaster, he was the first one to give the ride operator the thumbs up to go another round. He ended up going around 4 times, the smile was so huge on his face.

Miles said his favorite was the Matinee Marina, a boat with a bell that went around in a circle.

When we finished all the rides there, we made our way to Elitch Arena to see the show. The arena offers plenty of seats and plenty of dancing room for the kiddos. Choo Choo Soul provided much more energy than the show on Playhouse Disney, it’s clear these guys enjoy what they do. The catchy music, D.C.’s rad dancing moves along with interacting with the audience made the show a lot of fun. Parents and kids of all ages were enjoying themselves. Following the show there was the opportunity to meet and greet Genevieve & D.C. Sadly we couldn’t stay for this, much to Elijah’s dismay. He really wanted to talk to D.C., but Miles was falling asleep- too much excitement for him.

D.C. dancing with the kids at the show

The show was a success. Heck, even Geoff got into it. There need to be more role models like Genevieve & D.C., teaching kids about eating vegetables, and dressing appropriately. Glad to hear Disney has ordered more episodes of Choo Choo Soul. And they may even allow you to submit videos of your kids dancing to be on the show. How cool is that?

*Thanks to Elitch Gardens for giving us free admittance to the park to enjoy the concert. My kids can’t wait to go back!*

Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic

Let me begin by saying this post and last night would not have been possible if not for Tracy with Feld Entertainment & Susan from Savvy Source. We were treated to VIP tickets to the show because of the misunderstanding that happened on Wednesday night. Thank you!

This was my first time seeing Disney On Ice. How did it fair compared to other ice shows I’ve seen? Uh, it was awesome! Take 65 lovable characters from Disney movies like Toy Story, Pinocchio, Aladdin, and Mulan, add some princess/heroines like Cinderella, Pocahontas, Snow White and everyone’s favorite mice Mickey & Minnie and you have a magical evening. The boys loved it! I nearly cried watching Belle & the Beast skate together. I got all giddy when they recreated It’s A Small World. It was beyond wonderful. This was the reaction from the boys:

Elijah’s two complaints were
1. It’s too short (what?! It was about 100 minutes or so) and
2. Stitch needs his own story told. Disney-take note!

Miles’ only complaint was where’s Batman? (I told him I don’t think he & Mickey get to hang out much)

This show plays through Sunday here in Denver, at the Coliseum (they have free parking!) and then moves onto Loveland, Colorado next week, followed Colorado Springs. It’s a great evening for the whole family, and I heartily recommend it. Info can be found here: Disney On Ice