Disney On Ice: Create Your Own Show at Home (2023)
It’s finally hit your state, and your kids are begging you to go.
You’ve taken them to Disneyland, Disney World, all the movies, and everything else Disney.
Now it’s time for Disney On Ice.
Disney On Ice is a traveling ice skating show that combines quality high-speed skating, acrobatics, and stunts with fantastic Disney costumes and props.
Characters from different movies team up to create a new, engaging story.
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Most are held on NHL rinks or smaller arenas, drawing thousands of Disney and ice skating fans.
Disney On Ice has been on tour since 1981.
There has been a hiatus since Covid-19, but it’s back with a 2019 reboot of Road Trip Adventures.
You will see characters from Frozen, Encanto, Aladdin, Cinderella, and others.
Why you should go to Disney On Ice [at least once]
As a team that’s partial to everything ice, we’re going to side with the kids.
If your children skate or are interested in learning, Disney On Ice exposes them to different possibilities on the ice. Ice skating is more than hockey and figure skating.
It can be choreographed dance, acting, acrobatics, and much more.
Everyone can dress up as their favorite characters and spend 2 hours absorbing a new spin on some of Disney’s icons.
Seeing the characters dance and glide around the ice is a magical moment your kids will never forget.
At the same time, there are some limitations to Disney On Ice.
Since it’s a touring show, it may not play in your state or at a date and time that’s suitable for your family.
There’s also a chance your child’s favorite character is not in the show, so check before you go.
Finally, Disney On Ice can be expensive.
Prices on Ticketmaster average at $125, with some as much as $4000 for premium seats.
Pros and cons considered, Disney On Ice is a show you should take your family – at least once.
Can you create your own show at home?
Here’s a fun fact.
Everywhere Disney On Ice goes does not have an ice rink, so they make one!
Over 1.5 days, they created a 140’ x 60 ‘rink in the designated arena.
Here’s a video with the ice technicians in action:
Building an Ice Rink - How We Do It | Disney On Ice
The process is like the refrigerated rinks used at local ice rinks, NHL games, and other professional spaces.
This begs the question, “Can you create your rink to do your own show at home?”
Home ice rinks are growing in popularity, especially around fall and winter.
Portable refrigerated ice rinks are available; however, these are expensive to set up and maintain.
We recommend using synthetic ice instead.
Synthetic ice is a polyethylene tile that you can use for your metal blades. Tiles can come infused with a special conditioner to help their performance or non-infused, needing the slip surface conditioner applied before every use.
Connecting multiple synthetic ice tiles creates a large rink for family and friends to play hockey, practice figure skating, or skate for fun.
In addition, synthetic ice does not depend on water or temperature, meaning you can use the rink throughout the year.
Our rinks also have a 10-year minimum lifespan, making synthetic ice an excellent investment.
Five reasons to create your own Disney On Ice show:
After your first Disney On Ice show, your kids may be eager to perform themselves. Here are some reasons why you should do it:
- The family can practice skating in a creative way: If you need to spice up your training or you want to introduce your kids to other styles of skating, your own ‘Disney On Ice show can help.
- Bring out other forms of your creativity: It’s not just ice skating. You’ll need to plan, bust out your acting chops, and much more. It pushes you and the kids out of your comfort zones.
- It makes excellent content: Why not post it for your friends and family to watch? If you already have a profile or create social media content, a homemade show is excellent for the algorithm.
- Get everyone involved: What if you can’t skate? Synthetic ice allows you to use your socks to slide and glide across the tiles. So even if an aunt, neighbor, or friend can’t skate, they can still participate.
- Relive the magic: You can recreate some of those magic moments you had when you took the family to the show.
Ok, it’s now time to deliver your show. Follow these steps and let your creativity flow!
Set up your synthetic ice stage
Synthetic ice is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to put on an ice show at home.
If you’ve already set up your rink, your next step will be to think about decorating the surrounding space.
If you need to set up your rink:
- Measure your space, which will likely be your backyard or a spare room. The square footage will help you determine how many tiles you need and the average price.
- Make sure the area is smooth and level. Sometimes, you need plywood or other flat boards to help with uneven parts of the ground.
- Some rink owners like to invest in boards (aka the rink walls). These can be wood or plastic. Rink walls aren’t necessary. However, they do add a layer of safety and create a finished product. You can buy rink walls online or create your own from wood.
- Place the tiles flat in the space and connect them using the dovetail sides and edges. A soft mallet ensures there are no bumps on the rink. An adult can do this part alone, but enlisting some help will make things go smoother.
Synthetic ice rinks are easy to set up and can be expanded or removed t any time.
Get a slip surface conditioner to resurface the rink as needed.
Plan your show
Gather the family and start brainstorming about your Disney On Ice event.
You can recreate the lines and scenes from the show, create your own concept, or do a little of both.
Everyone must decide on the cast, costume changes (if any), and music.
Make sure everyone who can skate has comfortable ice skates
Write your lines (or don’t)
Whose line is it anyway? You can go straight improv, which can be cute and fun, or you can write out some lines.
It’s not a Broadway show, but you can still get the basics down in a way your young kids could read, remember, and recite.
If there are some simple lines to go by, if someone decides to improvise, it will be a lot more fun.
The goal is not to take it seriously, focusing on expression and creativity.
Grab your costumes
Costumes are the fun part! Everyone gets to dress up as their assigned character, so it’s time to source the wardrobe.
You can visit a local Party City or Halloween costume store. If a particular costume is unavailable, you can try Amazon or eBay.
Set the mood
Disney On Ice happens in an intimate space.
All the lights go off with spotlights shining on the characters and movements at any time.
Of course, you will not have a light technician, but something as simple as dimming the lights or hanging
Christmas tree lights or rope lights can make the moment feel special.
Run through your production a few times before you do the real thing. It’s a home production, yes, but you still want it to be a fantastic production.
A dry run helps everyone to know where they will stand, what they will say, and how they will skate in and out of the rink.
Grab an audience and record
What’s a show without an audience? Invite your close family and friends to the rink to see the show.
You’ve put all this work into it, and it feels great when others get to see your efforts.
The kids will also work extra hard to impress their grandparents, cousins, or friends. Of course, someone should be recording the show on their phone or camera.
You can then share it with friends and family who could not make it or post clips on social media.
Could you do it again?
It’s not unusual for you or your kids to catch the showbiz bug!
When you do one show, you’ll probably want to do another one.
Take inspiration from some of the older Disney On Ice shows, like Find Your Hero (2012), Mickey and Friends (2009), or Dream Big (2006).
Holding events like these at home can inspire your kids into acting, dancing, or professional skating.
Disney On Ice is a fantastic show filled with dancing, well-executed figure skating moves, fabulous costumes, and much more.
Everyone should experience it with their kids at least once.
It’s mainly targeted at young kids (under 10), but tweens and teens love it too.
When you’re done, get started with your show on synthetic ice.
You and your kids can have fun expressing themselves without the hassle of a refrigerated rink.
Measure your space, then get started here to figure out your at-home ice rink needs.