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I had no idea that Sacramento was home to so many 3-foot tall fairies, princesses, lions, clownfish and mermaids.
The audience at Arco Arena was filled with excited children who had brought their parents to see Ariel, Simba and Peter Pan. Their glittery costumes, flashing light wands and sparkly tiaras filled the arena with magic even before the show began.
“Disney on Ice: Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey” is a crowd-pleasing extravaganza of toe-tapping music, colorful costuming, beloved Disney characters, spectacular special effects – and exciting ice skating.
Mickey and Minnie teamed up with longtime pals Donald, Daisy and Goofy to carry us along on their magical vacation. We visited Africa with the Lion King, the undersea world of “The Little Mermaid,” paradise with Lilo and Stitch, and Neverland, home of Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
In the grand Disney tradition, the show features a large company of wonderful skaters to bring familiar characters to life. Each segment presents key scenes from the films with humor, dramatic effects and those songs we know and love. The choreography, set design, lighting, costumes and sound quality combine to draw everyone into the experience.
Even the littlest audience members were enthralled, gasping with surprise or giggling delightedly in all the right places.
Brian, a sweet 2-year-old sitting in front of me (on the booster seat his parents had wisely brought along) laughed and pumped his little arms in the air, dancing in his seat. He was enthralled the entire time, even forgetting to eat his popcorn. His parents were equally engaged, clapping enthusiastically and ooh-ing when Wendy, John and Michael Darling flew overhead on their way to Neverland. I even saw some cool, ultra-sophisticated teens singing along.
A word of caution: Parents, be prepared for the concourse filled with all things Disney. Photos in Ariel’s undersea world, stuffed animals and fairy wands and Captain Hook hats all vie for your attention and your dollars. And I saw several adults sporting adorable Flounder hats. I wish I had purchased one of those darling blue and yellow chapeaus, and maybe a whirly light wand...
This affordably priced family adventure will run through Sunday afternoon and is a guaranteed hit with young and old alike. Grab a costume and get your Disney on.
“Disney on Ice Presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey” at Arco Arena
Friday, Oct. 29 - 11:00am, 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 30 - 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 31 - 11:00am, 3:00pm
Ticket Prices: $14, $17, $23, $38 (VIP), $60 (Front Row); Parking: $12.00
Buy tickets at ticketmaster.com, Arco Arena Box Office, or call 1-800-745-3000
Story | Mary Nares
Photos | Courtesy of Disney