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Dare to Dream

Holidays with Kids blogger Amanda Kendle takes her 5-year-old son and his 'date' to see the new Disney on Ice.

T There’s something about a rousing Disney finale with lights, music and dancing. I guess most parents of young kids will remember hearing the Disney music and seeing the castle on Sunday evenings on TV (back before you could just choose to watch Disney whenever you felt like it). By the end of the Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream” performance here in Perth I’d been totally transported back to those Sunday nights. Of course, I then realised I had a very tired five-year-old to deal with and I came back to reality with a solid thump.

My son chose his best girlfriend to take with us to Disney on Ice and I have to say, reading about the heavy princess influence on the performance ahead of time, I was a bit worried that she’d love it and he would come home kind of non-plussed. 

But while each of the stories were based on a princess-connected fairytale (Cinderella and Snow White, to name a couple), there was plenty of action plus enough variation from the older, more girly versions that my son was enthusiastic instead.

It definitely helped that one of his heroes, Mickey Mouse, appeared between each story with some of his Disney mates. For young kids, too, the division of the show into short stories helped with the attention span issue.

When I asked my son to sum up why he enjoyed the show, he said: “I liked the ice skaters because they could twirl around like this and lift up, too!” (You’ll have to imagine his twirling simulation.) The lifting up he refers to is just one of the amazing parts of the performance that take it way beyond just ice-skating. The sets - and the way they change them when ice is the stage - were amazing, and the costumes were somehow able to be colourful and huge but still able to be worn while ice-skating. I certainly wouldn’t want the challenge of being dressed up as one of Snow White’s seven dwarfs and somehow finding my way somewhat gracefully across the ice. (Of course, there’s nothing graceful about me being on ice at all, so who am I kidding?)

My personal favourite though, narrowly beating out the aerial moments, was the iceskating horse. You’ll have to see it to believe it. There were also a couple of very special moments for a handful of kids who were seamlessly included in the performance.

“Dare to Dream” is touring the rest of Australia during June and July and from two Perth five-year-olds and their mothers (who particularly liked the “Mother Knows Best” song) it comes highly recommended. 

Amanda Kendle is a born and bred Perth girl who loves to hang around with her rubbish-truck-loving five-year-old son. Amanda has lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe and has been blogging about her travels at home and abroad for almost a decade at Not A Ballerina

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