Wembley was crawling with little people over the weekend.
Boys and girls of all ages descended on the North London suburb to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters, up-close-and-personal. I am of course talking about the Disney On Ice Disneyland Adventure. Now touring the country, the show spent a few days at Wembley Arena last week.
My boys – aged seven, five and two – could not believe their luck when we took to our seats. At the front of the stage, we had an unobstructed view of all the action. And what a lot of it there was.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy were our guides for the morning, as we joined them on a fun-filled tour of the Disneyland theme park. The enchanted Tikki room, It’s a Small World, Space Mountain and other Disney attractions sprang to life metres in front of us.
The flimsy plotline made no difference to my wide-eyed kids. Each time a new character took to the stage, my youngest announced their arrival at full volume: “Baloo! Buzz! Woody!”
The excitement mounted as Mickey and pals prepared for the Disney parade. The characters skated out one-by-one, impressing the audience with their daring leaps and spins, until one of Disney’s most evil witches brought proceedings to a sudden halt.
Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent cast an evil spell over the arena, prompting our heroes to fall into a 100-year sleep. Never fear, however, as The Incredibles saved the day after the interval.
The kids had a blast, though many of the parents may have felt slightly less impressed by the travelling Disney money-spinner. If you take the whole family, expect to find a rather large hole burnt into your pocket. On top of the tickets, there are extras to consider such as a programme (£9), popcorn (£8), candy floss (£7.50) and flashing Mr Incredible (£15).
Still, the experience was priceless, as far as my youngest was concerned. As he lay his head down on his pillow that night he turned to me and said, “That show was really great Mummy.”
The London run of the show is now finished, but for more information about other UK dates visit www.disney.co.uk/disneyonice/disneylandadventure/