Monday, September 14, 2009

Disney on Ice - That's Nice!

We attended the Saturday September 12th performance of Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Disney Magic, at the United Center in Chicago. One night after arguably the greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan, got inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, we went to see his statue outside the UC, and got some nice pix of the kids in front of it. And we checked out all the banners, the retired numbers - my kids thought that stuff was pretty cool.

But that wasn't what we were there for. The main event was the ice show. I wish I would have brought my camera, but I forgot it, and my wife only got pictures of the kids. So you'll have to trust me when I say it was a very good show. Maybe not the best I've ever seen, but a lot of fun. The basics are as follows: Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy take the audience through classic Disney tales, with a couple of Pixar tales tossed in for good measure and one scene built around the classic attraction "it's a small world". My kids liked the part featuring the Incredibles; my wife and I liked the "it's a small world" part best.

We had a lot of fun; it was sort of like going to Disney without actually going there, for one night. Even down to the expensive merchandise and snacks. (The cotton candy DID come with a neat crown which the kids are fighting over.) The performers might not be the best skaters (as in Olympic perfection on their moves) in the world, but they're professionals and they do a very good job. My only quibble was with the costume of Mr. Incredible. It really didn't look much like the guy from the movie. But that's pretty minor. Sets were well done, and the production quality was high. We had great seats, and I'll be kicking myself for a while about not bringing my camera and getting pictures for this entry.


Future Guy said...

Wow, the United Center! I've been a Bulls fan since before they won their first championship in 1991; I'd love to see all those banners!

I still miss the old Chicago Stadium (as much as you can miss a place you've never actually been, that is). It was smaller and very ancient, but it was LOUD. It's fitting that the last Bulls game played there was a blowout playoff win against the Knicks.

Scott said...

Hey, FG, I never saw the Bulls at the old Stadium but I did see the Hawks and go to a couple concerts there back in the old days. It was EXTREMELY loud! :-)

The Jordan statue in front of the UC is very cool. And so are the banners, in person. Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen have their numbers retired up there, and several Hawks do as well...