It’s been too many years since my kids were little and I took them to Disney on Ice shows in Providence. I can’t remember the last one I did see, probably “Beauty and the Beast,” so I had no idea what recent characters have been skating around in those intervening years.
But I found out, in grand style, when I took my grandson and daughter to see Disney On Ice’s presentation of “Follow Your Heart” at TD Garden in Boston, which runs through Feb. 26, featuring Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Disney’s “Frozen” and other beloved Disney characters, most of which were unfamiliar to me.
Not so for the many families in attendance who, like me a generation ago, knew every character and every song by heart, parents and kids happily singing along, reviving my own pleasant memories. Luckily for me, there were some old standbys I could recognize, notably Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Cinderella, a wicked witch and Beauty and her Beast.
And it was all spectacular, evidenced by the screaming response of my two-year-old grandson, Mikey, whose personal favorite character is a throwback: Mickey Mouse. Every time the big-eared mouse glided into view, Mikey would explode in screams and laughter.
It really was a spectacular spectacle, but aren’t Disney productions always that? This one had it all, with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from “Finding Dory,” embarking on an excursion to find her parents and the true meaning of family. From “Inside Out,” the emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, helped Riley find the confidence to win a hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. From the “Frozen” realm of Arendelle, Olaf and Kristoff helped reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa. Other iconic Disney characters skating in remarkably smooth choreographed numbers included Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the “Toy Story” gang,” as well as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and various Disney princesses.
There are story lines that the kids will follow, but mostly the draw is the spectacle that is any Disney on Ice production, loud, flashy, seamless and fantastic. If you haven’t been to one in awhile, it’s worth the trip to Boston to check it out. And if you can do it with grandchildren to help you relive memories, all the better.
Tickets start at $15. For more information and reservations, visit www.tdgarden.com, or call 800-745-3000.
Photos from Feld Entertainment