Just when I thought I was completely over the “Frozen fever” many months back, and that I wouldn’t enjoy myself as much as my first Disney On Ice experience due to the initial frustration of not being able to capture decent photos of the characters using my phone camera coupled with Liam’s constant asking of “Where’s Frozen? I want Frozen now! Where’s Elsa?’ throughout the show; Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival proved me otherwise.
There I was, getting all flustered as I tried to adjust the AE/AF lock on the phone camera which was causing every photo captured to either overexpose or be out of focus (damn, should have purchased that Sony a6300 at the IT show last week) during the first 15 minutes into the show that I not only ended up with a collection of crap photos, but also missed out on enjoying the opening act with my son because I was too busy trying to capture everything on the phone, even if the photo quality was lousy!
Thankfully I realized my foolishness soon enough. I wasn’t going to ruin the magic on our mama-son date, and I was bent on delivering my promise of being awesome company. And so for the rest of the show, I decided to keep photo-taking to a minimum and focus most of my attention on being in the moment with Liam. And what a spectacular night it turned out to be – watching the various fairy tales come to live before my very eyes was definitely a lot more visually exciting than watching it via my mobile phone screen!
From (The Little Mermaid) Ariel’s aerial acrobatic performance to (Tangled) Rapunzel’s lantern scene and (Beauty and The Beast) Beast’s transformation back into a prince which gave me goosebumps because it was exactly how I’ve always remembered it in the movie – I was floored by the impressive skating tricks, how every cast member was true to their character, and how every act/tale had their very own surprising spin to it. I was particularly tickled by Ursula’s and Cinderella’s Step Sisters’ performances while Liam couldn’t wait for them to exit from the stage. Heh.
And of course, when highly anticipated cast of Frozen finally made their appearance, the indoor stadium was filled with eager screams, including mine…which surprised me completely. To think I was bored of watching the movie for the fourth time with Liam just a month ago! Yet I was so immersed in the experience that I sang along and grooved to songs such as “Love is an Open Door” and “Let It Go”, while shush-ing Liam up half way because he was getting some of the lyrics wrong (my son was undeterred by me though and continued singing at the top of his voice).
Frozen was such a spellbinding act from start to finish. From mid-scene, it jumps right to how it all started, to solo figure skating performances of Elsa and Anna, to 4D effects of snow falling onto the stage, transforming into a few scenes out of the movie so seamlessly and having props that stood out with the amount of details, I absolutely loved every bit of it as much as Liam did. Olaf was such a heartwarming character to watch, while Elsa captured Liam’s heart so much so that he couldn’t stop gushing about her all night long (“no, we cannot have Elsa at your birthday party, Liam!”).
When the cast of Disney On Ice bade their farewells, cries and screams of not wanting to leave filled the air. Liam was uncooperative to leave too, and I think that itself is a true measure of how successful Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival was.
Minor slips which were professionally and gracefully salvaged and a tiny glitch with the sound system aside, the many parts which Disney performed phenomenally well? They exceeded expectations once again, even triumphing my first Disney On Ice Experience.
If there’s one activity you would like to bring the family and kids to to wrap up the March holidays on a high tomorrow (20 March), I strongly recommend experiencing Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival which will end its run in Singapore on 20th March 2016.
Warning: Singing “Let It Go” on repeat mode and getting all teary-eyed when it’s time to go, your kids might also pseudo-skate their way around after the show ends.
Have a magical time!
[This post was made possible by Feld Entertainment. We received a set of family tickets. All opinions and crap quality photos are solely mine]