By Amy Holmes for Fairfax Family Fun
For more than 11 years, when our oldest daughter was only 2 years old, our family has enjoyed going to Disney on Ice shows. We were so excited to attend last night’s performance of Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Capital One Arena, formerly the Verizon Center, in Washington, DC. (The show is in town until February 19, 2018). Attending this event was a “bucket list” item for us as we were unable to attend when this show came to town four years ago in the height of the Frozen craze. That run was completely sold out. Our daughters are now 13, yes we have a new teenager in the house, and 11. Were they too old for this event? No way. This was a perfect event to celebrate and attend on Valentine’s Day with my husband and two little loves. We all danced and sang along to our favorite songs and loved every minute, continuing to make memories.
Before you go, I highly recommend securing a parking space with spot hero or taking Metro. We were able to park very close by for only $12. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts to visit functions and get settled. You don’t want to miss any bit of the show and special visit from Mickey and friends at the beginning!
We ate a quick pizza dinner before we left, and set a budget for the girls for snacks and toys. We settled on a light up wand for our younger daughter and a crown for the other. As far as food and beverage, we bought snow cones in collectible cups for each daughter. Getting snow cones at Disney on Ice is a bit of a tradition and they have quite a collection. My girls opted for the Rapunzel and Elsa cups to add to their shelf at home. Dad and I ordered the nachos and got collectible soda cups with bottomless refills.
The crowd was very enthusiastic with light up toys filling the arena. We ran into lots of little princesses, with many girls dressed as Elsa with light-up crowns.
The show lived up to its hype. We loved special effects, especially the snow, since we haven’t seen much this season. The costumes were extraordinary and beautiful for Elsa and Anna. The for legged friends on skates were a stand out as was the inflatable abomidal snowman. There’s even a special appearance before and after the show with a huge ensemble of your favorite Disney characters.
After the show, we headed straight home and tuned into the winter Olympics (thank goodness for DVR) and watched more couples figure skating beautifully. This was a perfect end to a great day. If you haven’t already bought your tickets to Disney on Ice presents Frozen, I highly recommend getting your tickets now to attend this week or to Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart next month at the Eagle Bank arena.
Photos by Amy Holmes