Today we decided to surprise the kids with a trip to downtown Minneapolis to see Disney On Ice. We told them nothing...except that they needed to get their shoes and coats on so we could go and do something fun together!
All the way to Minneapolis they were excitedly guessing where we were going and what we would be doing. Allie had an advantage because she had seen the word "Disney" on my computer screen this morning as I was printing out the tickets. Obviously, secrets are going to be a lot harder to keep now that one of our kids is literate.
Even when we arrived at the Target Center and let the kids peer inside the arena, they were still completely clueless. Allie knew it had something to do with princesses after seeing the castle, all the girls dressed in princess attire, and all the princess souvenirs strategically positioned at every turn (would anyone like to buy a couple feet of Rapunzel's hair braid? Or maybe a Flynn Rider sword?)
When we told them the floor was actually ice, it finally clicked with Allie that we would be seeing an ice skating show with Disney princesses. Zach, on the other hand, did not really get it until the show began.
We had amazing second row seats and the kids were enthralled at how close to the action we were. They could barely take their eyes off of the skaters and were anxiously awaiting more even after the show's obvious conclusion I was wondering how Olivia would do, but she was also completely enthralled through the two-hour production. Her absolute favorite things were Mickey and Minnie, all of the animals, and the princesses in their grand ball gowns.
Although we decided to skip most of the cheesy souvenirs, we did allow the kids to pick out the cup that they would like to have their snow cone in. Allie chose a Rapunzel cup and Zach chose a light up Mickey Mouse Mug.
The pictures I took definitely do not do the show justice. Granted, I'm no photographer, but my little Nikon point-and-shoot was also running low on batteries and seems to always perform poorly in dim lighting, making it extra difficult to get any good pictures. Nevertheless, I snagged a few that will help us remember our morning with Tiana, Cinderella, and Rapunzel...the princesses whose stories were featured.
All in all, the kids were completely thrilled. I was thrilled. And Ben, who was quite skeptical at first due to the fact that ice skating has never proven thrilling to him, even said that he was pleasantly surprised at how fun the show was (Between you and me, I think he was thrilled too).
So, even though we couldn't go to sunny Florida to visit Disney today....I'm glad a little bit of Disney came to Minnesota instead!