By Kim Nash
With two very excited little boys in the back of the car, the journey to Birmingham was quite stressful and a trip that should have taken at most half an hour actually took an hour and ten minutes. That meant we were a little late for the 7pm start. We certainly weren’t the only ones as there were loads of hassled parents who’d been sitting in horrendous traffic around Birmingham and we all still had to wait in a queue at the doors of the NIA. No-one at any point actually mentioned that the performance had already started with both staff and people who’d come to see the show wandering around quite relaxed. We ended up getting into the arena at 7.20pm and the show was well under way.
Skating around the rink were the cast from the Little Mermaid acting out their underwater adventures. This lasted for probably another 15 minutes or so, and then Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy introduced Tinkerbell and her supporting cast. After a fabulous show from the tinker-fairies and lots of sparkly fairy dust being thrown around, there was a short interval. Then the Disney guys introduced Toy Story, which for us was the highlight of the evening. It was a truly wonderful and magical show with Andy, Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the other members of the gang skating out the story from Toy Story 3 which was fabulously replicated with a few tiny adjustments to the script (I should know, we have watched this film a trillion times).
When Toy Story ended and the lights came on, I thought it was another interval,yet people started to pack up and leave and I asked the lady sitting next to me if Cars had been on and unfortunately for us, they had been on right at the start and we’d missed them. Not too much of a catastrophe as our two little boys were shattered anyway so it didn’t pose too much of a problem, just a little disappointment from us all.
The costumes were spectacular, the effects were fantastic and the skating was amazing with lots of “wows” coming from the little boy sat on my lap. In the interval, we decided to get the boys a slush puppy which came in a reusable character cup which cost £7 and a box of popcorn was also £7. I found these prices a little too high in my opinion. There was loads of Disney merchandise on sale around the arena, for those who wanted to buy gifts and mementos of a great show.
Not a cheap night out for families but a fantastically good one, if you can get there on time!
Our tickets were supplied courtesy of DB Promotions UK.
If you’d like to go along to see your kids’ Disney heroes on ice, the show is on at the NIA Arena until Sunday 6th November. It then moves to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena from Tuesday 8th to Sunday 13th November. It can then be seen at Nottingham Trent FM Arena from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November. Please call 0121 308 4511 to book your tickets.