My daughter is a fan of all things Disney and has not only been to Magic Kingdom where she was lucky enough to witness the fun, dance, music and magic of their daily parades, but has also attended a couple of the Disney ice shows, which also feature the perfect mix of music and fun. So, it was no surprise that she was excited to go to Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival at the Canadian Tire Centre this past Saturday afternoon.
Having said this though, I was still a little worried that she would find the show boring, especially since she is now in grade one and seems to find a lot of things “babyish” these days. However as soon as we sat down I knew she was going to have fun and it wasn’t just because she was begging for cotton candy that came with Mickey ears. In front of us, there was an older couple, probably in their late seventies, who had come to see Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival on a date – just the two of them – simple because they love Disney and they love music. They never outgrew the magic of Disney, so why would my daughter?
The show opened with Disney’s classic characters Donald Duck and Goofy singing and dancing. They were quickly joined by Minnie Mouse and of course, the star of the show, Mickey Mouse. They music was immediately upbeat, fun and had everyone singing, “Rock the Mouse!” within minutes.
The show featured more than twenty well-known Disney characters and contained numerous acrobatics, dancing and comical hijinks including those of Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie; Sebastian, Ariel and her mermaid sisters; and Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear – who had the young and old alike stomping their feet and clapping their hands rodeo style! The mini-renactments of these blockbuster Disney movies took the audience right into the stories like they have never been before!
My only complaint would be that the show was over too quickly. We were having a lot of fun singing along with well-known hip hop, country and pop songs and couldn’t resist dancing and clapping our hands the entire time. Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival is fun for all ages, and would make a great introduction to concerts or musical stage shows for younger children – unless you are afraid of the Genie like the little girl who was sitting behind us who balled her eyes out every time he appeared on stage – luckily she was okay once Jasmine arrived (poor girl).
Tickets started at a reasonable $28.25 each and if you were lucky enough to be on the floor level you might have had the privilege of helping Buzz Lightyear fight off some meteorites or catching some confetti during the shows smash ending! The show is high energy and is sure to have you and your children singing “Rock the Mouse!” well after your car has left the parking lot.
Disclosure: For the purposes of review we were invited to see Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. All opinions are my own.