Family Travel

Disney On Ice, Into the Magic: What to Expect

Thinking about going to see Disney on Ice: Into the Magic? Do you already have tickets but want to know what to expect? My husband and I recently took our two little ones to go see the show and highly recommend it!

The show was super entertaining, and the skaters were excellent. It was a high-quality production but most importantly, we all had so much FUN!

We don’t live near the theme parks or even have a Disney store in our state, so whenever we can get some “Disney magic” at home, I’m in!

If you are planning a Disney vacation coming up and need some tips on going with little ones during COVID, check out my post here.

In the meantime, let’s get ready to go see Disney on Ice: Into the Magic! To check if the tour is coming to a city near you, check out their website here.

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How long is Disney on Ice: Into the Magic?

The performance is approximately two hours, including intermission. Definitely take that into consideration for what time of day you attend the show. There was a LOT of tired kiddos leaving the performance.

For our arena, the gates opened up 1 hour before the show. This actually doesn’t leave a ton of time to get in the gate, find your seats, concessions, diaper and potty time before it begins so be prepared for that!

The show features a lot of very popular characters that your children will love. The movies that are featured are Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Coco, Cinderella, Moana, and Frozen.

You do get to see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald, but they are only featured at the beginning and the end of the performance.

The two segments that feature the most songs and the most characters are from Moana and Frozen.

From Moana you will see Moana, Maui, the grandmother, and the crab.

The Frozen segment has Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Prince Hans.

It was so much fun to see lots of beloved characters acting out very popular songs from the movies. There was a lot of little kids dancing in the aisles and having an absolute blast.

How to dress for the show

When it comes to what to wear to Disney on Ice: Inside the Magic, you will see a really wide array of being all dressed up in costumes to not wearing anything Disney at all. So definitely wear what you would like to wear so you are comfortable and enjoy yourself!

The cutoff age for wearing a legitimate costume is 14 years old. I thought about dressing our kids up in costumes but decided not to simply because of diaper changes.

Regardless if your child wears a costume or not, I would definitely dress them in layers. The arena will be a little colder for the ice rink but it’s not going to be frigid.

For us, we were perfectly fine with a sweatshirt on but we are also from Wisconsin and it’s the middle of winter! Depending on the climate you live in you may want to add an extra layer if needed.

My “mom outfit” for the show

I wanted to be cute, comfortable, with a hint of pixie dust 🙂

My outfit included leggings (duh), cute Mickey earrings, a shirt I wore for Disney, and Minnie ears.

Buy souvenirs ahead of time

We all know that Disney=$$$ and souvenirs at the ice show are no exception. To me, short of wanting a specific Disney on Ice merchandise (which there isn’t a lot of), the toy souvenirs are way overpriced and less appealing than what you find in most stores.

My advice? Buy something before arriving to the show and have it ready to go.

What was really fun was seeing all the different light up wands and spinners during the show. You never know, your child may be so into the show that they really don’t look twice at their light up toys (which is why you don’t want to spend a chunk of money).

The one special thing I splurged on was getting ice cones and popcorn buckets that featured characters and were also souvenirs.

But they are expensive. To get two ice cones and a popcorn bucket was seriously about $65.00. Yikes. If you have been to a Disney theme park, you probably are nodding your head in agreement that snacks like those are fun but add up quick.

Be familiar with arena’s accessibility ahead of time

Now this one is completely dependent upon where the show you are attending is being held.

For our arena, strollers were not allowed so take that into consideration. I saw a lot of families that had babies use a baby carrier which is always a good idea.

If you are breastfeeding and prefer privacy, make sure to find out if there are any nursing rooms provided. Last year when I took our then 6-month-old baby, the arena didn’t have any rooms like that. But I did ask a staff member present and they offered a private space for me. So don’t be afraid to ask!

Lastly, always triple check the arena’s COVID/mask policy. While this is our “new normal” it is helpful to know in advance the policy especially if you are travelling to see the performance.

I hope this gives you ways to prepare to go see Disney on Ice: Into the Magic. Let me know in the comment section below if you have tickets to see the performance, or if you have already seen it!

Enjoy the show!

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Family Travel

Disney with toddlers during COVID!

When I get to go to Disney, I feel like I’m coming back home. If you are a die-hard Disney person like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! This past September of 2021, my husband and I took our two toddlers to Disney for their first ever plane ride to go to our first big family vacation.

Not just any vacation-Disney World-during COVID. But you know what? We had an absolutely MAGICAL time! And so can you!

I’m going to share all my best tips to have a Disney vacation with toddlers so you can have a great trip.

Since our trip we have had so many friends of ours with little ones asking us for some tips and tricks that we learned along the way. Hopefully this can help you too whether you are on the fence of going or not, or you’re getting ready to head to Disney.

I will say this ahead of time, there are so many factors into planning a trip some tips may be more crucial than others. This past trip was in September (which is hurricane season and still very hot); we flew (so we could still use Magical Express); and we stayed on Disney property (we stayed at the Contemporary Resort).

However, I just got done helping out some friends of ours that are staying off property and driving there and the advice still rang true for them!

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Use a travel agent when planning your Disney trip.

I don’t know about you, but I have to take care of so many things throughout the day, I just don’t have the time or the energy to be researching good deals for a vacation.

You can use a local travel agency or an online agency typically without any extra cost to you (the agent gets a commission from Disney when you book a trip through them). It was so nice to have someone else do all the research, keep up to date with changing COVID policies, and take care of any issues along the way.

Of course, you don’t have to use an agent, but if you have little ones, you need all the help you can get!

Lower your expectations for the vacation, by a lot!

There’s a reason why it’s called Disney WORLD-you can go there regularly and never be able to do and see everything.

So don’t try to push your stroller around the parks like a crazy person trying to get everything done. This is a vacation remember? Plus, your little ones aren’t going to be able to keep up that pace, and neither will you!

Take a cue from your kiddos; slow down, take time to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Disney has mastered the art of atmosphere-from small details, to smells, music, take it in!

Take a break in the middle of the day.

Especially on park days, you need a break from the crowds and walking, and the heat (I’m pretty sure my eyelashes started to sweat because of the heat!). I thought for sure my kids would be like other tuckered out toddlers snoozing in the stroller, nope!

My kids needed a full out break and nap at the hotel. Even if you aren’t staying on property, you can always leave the park for a few hours and come back.

For example, if it’s a Magic Kingdom day for you and driving back to your hotel isn’t an option, you can always ride on the monorail (which is a ride in itself) and go have lunch at the Polynesian hotel and go back to Magic Kingdom. The much slower pace is needed for young kiddos to have energy to stay up for fireworks.

If you don’t already, have your 2-year-old start wearing a mask before Disney.

At the time that I write this post, 2 year olds need to wear a mask in any indoor place in Disney World, including transportation.

I have seen some 2 year olds do just fine with a mask, but others, not so much.

One of my children has sensory issues so we were able to get help/practice/tips from their occupational therapist. But if your child doesn’t receive services such as this, give them practice in the store, church, wherever. You will also want to buy toddler versus kid sized masks, those are too big.

I wasn’t able find the exact ones I used for my child online, but these are fairly close in style. If you are going during the warmer months, you will definitely want to bring change of masks for the day.

Just be prepared that your toddler may act like, well, a toddler. They may not want to wear a mask because they are tired/hungry/hot/etc. which may inhibit you from doing certain attractions.

For example, we were going to go play in the indoor playground at the Dumbo attraction. When we got to the entrance, the cast member would not let us in unless our child wore a mask.

Our kiddo wasn’t having it and so we weren’t allowed to go in. But instead we played outside by the splash pad nearby and had a GREAT time!

So please, please, please be nice to the cast members, even if they turn you away. They have a job to do, and we are all doing the best we can during these difficult times.

Grown-ups definitely bring a chain for your mask.

You will be hopping in out of buildings all the time; so it’s mask on, mask off, mask on, mask off (did anyone else think of The Karate Kid movies when I said that??). You need to be hands free as much as possible when you’ve got little ones in tow.

Light up your stroller for at night, especially at the parks.

Believe it or not, there are dark spots in the parks, that includes stroller parking. We put lit up bracelets on our stroller and it made it so easy to find our stroller after coming out of a ride. You can definitely use glow sticks too. Have fun with it!

Once again, I wasn’t able to find the exact product I used, but I got Mickey ones. You can always check the party favor section of big box stores too.

Take advantage of the parks during fireworks if your toddler doesn’t like the noise.

It is SO much to take in for us as adults, let alone little kids! Some children wore noise-cancelling headphones. But if your child is still overwhelmed from the fireworks, go on some rides!

The majority of guests are at the fireworks, leaving all these rides with little to no waiting time. Plus the parks usually are playing the show in the speakers throughout the park so you can still feel like you are part of the show.

If a park does fireworks (Animal Kingdom does not), typically you can catch some at different spots in the park.

Socially distanced character meals are still worth booking.

If anything, it probably works to your advantage if you have toddlers. Just because your kids may adore watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, they may not want ANYTHING to do with Mickey Mouse giving them a hug!

We went to Chef Mickey’s for breakfast and I was very happy that social distancing was in place for this instance. The characters still come to your table to interact with you and still pose for pictures just not within touching distance.

It was really nice to have that experience without having to tell Goofy to hit the road because of a toddler being scared.

Definitely give your toddlers time to let loose.

My suggestion is to go find the water or playground area in the park before you do any rides or wait in lines. Again, if Disney is a lot for us as adults, just think how it is for the kids!

Getting their wiggles out ahead of time may help them feel more oriented in this new space and be a little more cooperative for the rest of your day.

I think I can honestly go on and on about different tips. I cannot stress enough how amazing cast members are and how much Disney caters to families.

You need to decide what’s right for you and your family. Hopefully these tips will help you have a safe and healthy Disney COVID vacation-with toddlers!

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