My daughter and I were fortunate to attend the opening night performance of Disney On Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After and I will admit this right up front: It was eye candy at its finest! The pictures mostly speak for themselves. Check out some of my favorite scenes from Rockin' Ever After: After an introductory scene with Mickey, Minnie, and friends, we were treated to an unbelievably colorful and upbeat presentation of Disney's The Little Mermaid. It was pretty neat how they were able to replicate the appearance of softly flowing waves during a few key moments throughout this segment. Ariel even did a little bit of acrobatics as she became human! There were even black-light effects on display, which easily made this scene stand out.
Next up was the story of Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled, and how she so courageously pursued her dream of seeing the floating lanterns - and in turn, realized her rightful place as Princess. I was particularly amazed at the ice skating horse, Maximus. We heard some of our favorite songs from Tangled, with the original recordings to make the performance really come to life.
After a short intermission, the show started back up with everyone's favorite redhead skating onto the scene. That's right - we got to see Merida perform the Brave story! While I will admit that I had every intention of taking my daughter to see Brave in the theater, we just never got around to it. Seeing parts of it performed live really did make me excited for the Blu-Ray release (Nov. 13th). There were haze effects, fiery arrows, and even a few pyrotechnics during this segment that kept the audience entertained.
The final princess story from Disney On Ice was Beauty and the Beast. We watched as Gaston's pride and jealousy ultimately led to his demise. We were on the edge of our seats as a mob of villagers marched off to kill the beast at his castle. But best of all, we watched as Belle learned to never judge a book, or beast, by it's appearance and fell in love with the kind prince underneath it all. Of course this story just wouldn't be complete without Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip, who all made appearances during this segment (including an elaborately costumed scene accompanying the song Be Our Guest!)
Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After was an energetic and brilliantly executed performance, as you can see by my very captivated daughter (above). A bit of advice: Allow your child to play dress-up at the event, or else you will spend a little bit of money buying costumed accessories at the show.
There is a brief intermission between the Tangled and Brave stories. It is the perfect time to stretch your legs, run the little ones to the bathroom, and pick up another beverage.
As far as merchandise goes, there was everything from Disney t-shirts to light-up toys. My daughter selected a bag of cotton candy with a princess crown (including stick-on jewels to personalize) for $12 and a snow cone in a Chip mug for $8. Including tax, we spent $22 for these two items, and now have some adorable keepsakes.
Rockin' Ever After is at Philips Arena now through October 14, before it moves on to the next city. Atlanta folks, you will NOT want to miss this show if you have a Disney fan in your family! I cannot say enough good things about the show - and neither can my three year old daughter, who is currently singing songs from the performance as I type :)
- October 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.
- October 12 at 10:30 a.m., and 7:30 p.m.
- October 13 at 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- October 14 at noon and 4:00 p.m.
Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After can be purchased at the Philips Arena Box Office or via phone by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
I received media passes as part of a promotional program with Disney On Ice, however all opinions come from my own personal experiences with the event mentioned in the review.