Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival review

We were looking forward to Disney on Ice since we confirmed our attendance at the event because we still had such good memories of Disney on Ice 2014 (click to read my review). We arrived more than half an hour early on Saturday afternoon, but after queuing to buy popcorn, there was about another 10minutes or so left and we tried soooo hard to get a picture before the show started and this was how it turned out eventually:

People just didn’t bother that we were trying to get a photo and kept walking right in front of the camera so little boy became uncooperative. Just so you know he wasn’t bleah about watching the show, but he was tired of trying to smile for the camera. 😀 #gettingagoodphotowithkidsissohard

Before I tell you more about the show, I must say that this is THE BEST Disney on Ice show I’ve ever watched in my entire life! And you must know that I have caught Disney on Ice since I was a child and even when I was an adult and this – THIS – was just the best.one.ever. I think I went a bit mad with the photo-taking, but everything was so beautiful, from their costumes to the setup, and I have to add, I didn’t manage to do justice to their brilliant skating performance with my still photographs.

Anyway, so the show started with Mickey and friends as usual:

This year, I felt that the show’s focus was on the stories, and the playing out of the entire story – well, the important parts of course. I LOVED IT. Everything flowed so well and the fact that it wasn’t just random excerpts or songs from the movies to showcase the skating skills, there was a lot of continuity and the audience could really immerse themselves in the performance.

The first story was The Little Mermaid.

To be honest, I have never watched the cartoon The Little Mermaid in my life. I’ve watched bits and pieces of it, but never the whole movie. I read the story when I was a kid and I read the sad version where Ariel never got together with the prince so I didn’t feel inclined to watch the show. I’m sure Disney gave it a happy ending, as with this performance.

Here’s a close look at the gorgeous mermaid’s ‘tail’ before she trades it in for over-rated legs.

My kids got excited when they saw Flounder, not so much when they saw Sebastian or even Ariel!

The colours on stage were stunning, almost psychedelic:

Ursula created quite a stir amongst the audience with her entrance:

But the highlight of The Little Mermaid’s performance was the acrobatic, seamless, perfect moves by Ariel as she dangled high above the stage, spinning gracefully:

It was the most dazzling performance, technically speaking, and we all held our breath as we watched her with just a rope in the air.

The happy ending!

It was beyond difficult trying to capture great shots of the skaters in their most glorious skating moves and many turned out blurry:

The next story was Tangled (Rapunzel) and it’s one of my favourites because it has such beautiful songs!

Lucky children from the audience who got to be part of the show

Instead of simply focusing on Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, they started the performance with the pub thugs, singing one of my favourite songs from the movie, I Have a Dream.

This time, they included Mother Gothel, singing Mother knows best.

For this story, my favourite part was when the lanterns were released:

Such a beautiful sight it was!

The stage was also filled with colour and an elaborate display of grandeur:

After the intermission, the next story was the classic, Beauty and the Beast.

This time, they started with Gaston:

And the usually overlooked song Little Town was performed in part.

The one thing that was not mentioned in the performance was how she got to Beast’s castle though. But I think that might have made the show too long for its duration of two hours.

The characters of the story were decked out in magnificent costumes:

Beautiful set

Just as The Little Mermaid’s transformation, the Beast’s transformation was awesome, and even more spectacular because it literally happened in like a split second!

The most awaited performance was that of Frozen. I swear if you lined up all the little girls dressed as Elsa that day (mine included), you would easily fill up the stage. The story started with Sven and Kristoff first before Kristoff meets Anna.

The performance included all of the songs from Frozen except for the one where the trolls sing Fixer Upper. It was just marvelous how they wove the performance together with parts of the various songs (Do you want to build a snowman wasn’t sung in its entirety), all contributing to the flow of the performance.

For the first time in forever was particular awesome!

Singing Love is an Open Door

The audience screamed when snow started falling:

And here’s something I haven’t mentioned yet, there are many times in the show where characters just go to the two front corners of the stage where you can see them upclose, like in this scene where Olaf and Kristoff are blowing bubbles in the song Summer Time.

The crowd broke out in a mass rendition of Let It Go, as expected, and it was definitely the climax of the show for the audience. Or maybe it was just my family. Elsa’s costume change was quick too as she had to do it during the song itself, as per the movie.

I think the cast captured the hearts of the audience completely.

The finale of the show was less elaborate than previous times that I have watched, but I think I’d choose a better overall performance compared to a grand finale anytime.

If you don’t manage to get your popcorn Disney on Ice bucket and other trinkets like princess-themed slushie cups and Olaf cap before the show, you can get them during intermission or after the show.

My little princess showing off her Elsa costume which I bought for her seventh birthday after the show (thankfully she can still wear it!). Did I mention it was just so impossible to get a good shot of her in the indoor stadium where the lights were dim? :D

Anyway, if you have not grabbed your tickets for Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival, please do so. I’m telling ya, it will definitely be worth your time and money, even with the minor slips made by a couple of the skaters, due to the slippery ‘snow’.

Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival 2016 runs from 11-20 March 2016 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Click here to buy your tickets.

To learn more about the Magical Ice Festival, click here.

 

Disclosure: We were invited to Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival. No monetary compensation was received.

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SandBank Review

Over the weekend, we were invited to SandBank to try out their newly launched International Breakfast Buffet offered during weekends and public holidays.

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The breakfast buffet starts at 8.30am and ends at noon, but because we are not early risers, we arrived at 10-ish to enjoy the buffet breakfast – and also because we didn’t fancy the children getting into the pool too early in the morning as the water might be cold.

Yes, you just read right, there’s a 15m plunge pool at SandBank so it means that your kids can have some fun while having breakfast or after, if you’re there for the buffet.

But I’ll get to that later. Food is still more important to me.

The buffet spread is quite reasonable for the cost (it’s $19 nett for adults, and $9.50 nett for kids 4-12 years old):

There’s nasi lemak, roti prata, porridge, a bread station, some cakes, a salad station, an egg station where you can order your eggs how you like them, beverages, cereals, and of course there’s the usual western fare of bacon, sausages, potatoes and baked beans.

The place is rather spacious, there’s a bar area, big television screens and even a party area that I came across near the buffet spread.

We got some simple stuff for the kids like bao, croissant, cauliflower, bacon, baked beans and sausages. It does sound like a lot, but yes, they do eat that much. My girl wolved down two croissants because she said it was delicious. The bacon was very crispy and I had to refrain from getting more because we don’t eat much of that regularly as we have cut down on processed foods. The cauliflower was very good too, and I even had a second helping of it later.

We actually ordered two omelettes but as you can see from my photo collage, there’s only a half-eaten one. I have to confess, I forgot to take photos of it before I dug in. It was a huge omelette that had a pretty generous serving of the other ingredients.

I always take my salad with some fruits and it was wonderful to have fruit salad as one of the ingredients that I could just add to the mix. The smoked chicken at the salad station went very well with the salad.

The curry for the prata had enough kick and there was actually quite a lot of chicken in the curry for the prata. I loved the curry best! The prata was well done too – slightly crisp and very fragrant, and not too oily. Even my boy asked for a prata of his own.

So I’ve said my piece about the food. For the beverages, there’re two juices and coffee and tea. There’s cold milk for the cereal too. We didn’t particularly like the coffee there as it was rather watered down.

This was my view of East Coast Park while I ate my breakfast:

It was a windy morning, and it felt really idyllic to be enjoying a hearty breakfast by the beach. 🙂

We only allowed the kids to enter the pool after they had finished their breakfast. As you can see, food ranks high in priorities in our family!

Our girl finished first so I got her changed in the changing rooms/ shower facilities located right next to SandBank.

Little boy looking on because he had just requested for a prata

And after they were both done eating, they had a jolly time. I’d have said ‘a splashing good time’, but splashing is not allowed so technically, they just waded around in the pools.

There are two pools: one is deeper than the other.

After awhile, they both came out of the pool on their own because they were cold – and indeed, the water did feel really cold! Our girl remarked that some parts of the bottom of the shallow pool felt a bit dirty with particles but the deeper one was fine.

We had an enjoyable time at SandBank overall – the ambience, the food, and a different experience at a restaurant. But with the nature of pools, we had to keep a close watch on the kids. We were more or less done with eating when they were in the pool so that was fine, but if you allow the kids to play as they eat (and while you eat), then you might have to take turns to watch them! 😀

Our kids requested to go back again some time and we promised them we would!

Sandbank review

SANDBANK

920 EAST COAST PARKWAY, #01-28/32 PARKLAND GREENSINGAPORE 449875SINGAPORE (Carpark C1)
+65 6247 7988

 

Disclosure: We were invited to SandBank for a morning of fun and food. No monetary compensation was received.

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