I recently had the pleasure of going to Disney on Ice with my daughter and it was fabulous!
The last time I saw the show I went with my grandmother when was 5. Mickey Mouse was the main attraction then, along with Snow White.
Disney on Ice has changed since my day. There is still Mickey Mouse of course, but the main drawcard are the new princesses- Rapunzel and Frozen. But they still had Belle and my favourite- The Little Mermaid- perhaps a clever marketing move to hook the parents in too?
And so, I got to relive being five, 30 odd years later. A time when life was simpler, happiness was easy and stresses were few.
Clever Disney, transporting us all back to fun times with some entertainment, light and music. Even some of the adults were dressed up as Elsa. And why not take a break from the everyday job that you are going to be at for the next 30 years and let the fantasy take over instead?
I mean, in what reality are horses on ice skates, flashes of light come out of the hands of princesses and it snows inside?
And of course, everyone knows all the songs from having watched the movies a millions times at home- so why not sing along?
Sure, you could be cynical and say Disney is a moneymaking organisation that wants go charge you $35 for a plastic cup when you leave, but perhaps that’s ok with all the joy they have brought into the world for our little ones?
My daughter loved it too of course. Having 4 stories in one kept her interested, she enjoyed an Olaf ice cream and all she wanted to know was when is Elsa and Anna were coming on.
The one thing that did get me thinking though, was the fact that princesses have to change for perfect prince, like Ariel having to change for her prince. But on the flipside, the prince has to change for his perfect princess, like Flynn having to change for Rapunzel.
Personally, I don’t think anyone should ever have to change for anyone, but perhaps it’s more a message about the right person bringing out the best in us all. I like to think so anyway.