It was indeed a splendid, magical afternoon when Team Hernandez (Baby Charley, Boss 'Ayat, and I) watched Disney on ICe: Magical Festival at the Araneta Coliseum for the very first time.
My roommate (my husband, btw) and I were one with the hundred of kids in excitement as we watched the Disney Magic revealed right before our very eyes. We're very happy that Baby Charley seemed to be amazed with the show as well. Like the many girls who were wearing their favourite Disney princess costumes, Baby Charley was dressed in a Minnie-Mouse inspired dress .
|Cute little Minnie Mouse|
Before the Show
We arrived really early for our 1:30pm show, but the Ticketnet booths were already filled with lots of people. At first we were worried that Baby Charley would be bored waiting; however, we were glad the she was entertained with the many colourful and cute Disney merchandises outside and inside the Araneta Center. Mugs (Disney characters and princesses) toys, dolls, cotton candies, and blinking toys really added to the excitement of the kids and adults waiting for the gates to open.
|Cotton candy + Crown/Pascal/Olaf hat = Php400|
|I wanted one of these for myself|
Baby Charley was fascinated with the blinking toys, so we bought this one for her. Guess, whose mommy is Php850 poorer now?
The Opening Act
As expected, the show started right on time. It was a beautiful dance performance of ice skaters in colourful costumes. Not long after that, the show's hosts: Mickie, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy thrilled the audience even more as they introduced the first act: The Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid
This act was one of my favourites in the show. Sebastian and his lovely mermaids in their colourful costumes brought the audience under the sea. Ariel's death-defying performance as she transformed from a beautiful mermaid to a lovely maiden in search for Prince Eric's true love's kiss was the highlight of the act.
Guests were also thrilled with the beautiful colourful costumes of the underwater creatures and the many The Little Mermaid's songs we fell in-love with like Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, Part of Your World among others.
Rapunzel, Eugene, Maximus, Mother Grothel, and the Pub Thugs made the audience laughed (several times), danced, and be awed with their performance. A number of lucky young princesses (little girls in their princess costumes) got to be part of the the show, too!
Our favourite part of this act was the Festival of Lights as the Big Dome was put to darkness and the floating lights/lanterns illuminated the sky.
We also fell in-love with our favourite songs from the movie like, I've Got a Dream, Mother Knows Best, and I see the Light.
Beauty and the Beast
Araneta suddenly transformed from a dainty French village to a spooky Beast's castle as we watched the airheaded Gaston and the villagers, and Beast, Lumier, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and the lovely Belle danced their hearts out.
The audience went crazy when after a flash of lightning, the horrible-looking Beast transformed to a dazzling prince. It was certainly Disney Magic!
Although Gaston, Be our Guest, The Mob Song were sung. it was just sad that Mrs. Potts didn't sing the full Beauty and the Beast theme song.
Everyone went wild in excitement when the final act was introduced: our favourite characters from the hit Disney movie, Frozen! Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Prince Hans, and that adorable snowman, Olaf thrilled the audience not only with their performances and songs, but also how they made Araneta like the Kingdom of Arendelle. To complete the magic Queen Elsa brought snow, yes snow, in Araneta!
|Snow (!) in Araneta! :D|
We joined the characters in singing our favourite songs from the movie like, Reindeers are Better than People, In Summer, Love is an Open Door, First Time in forever, and of course, Let it go.
Before the show ended, there was another performance from the hosts, the skaters, and the Disney Princesses. Plus, it was such a surprise that they danced with...LIGHT SABERS!
That Sunday afternoon was certainly filled with love and magic as we spent the day watching Disney on Ice: Magical Festival. It was our family's first time to watch it, and it certainly won't be the last as we're gonna be including it as one of our family Christmas traditions.
Read five things we love about the show here.
Mommies and Daddies, you still have time to catch Disney on Ice at the Araneta Center.