Are you thinking about getting tickets to Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party and want to know what to expect? Let me break it all down for you in this post about everything you need to know about Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party.
So, it’s always a special treat when Disney comes to us!
Last year, we attended our first Disney on Ice show and it was such a cool experience. We saw Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream and it was the first time Moana has appeared in a Disney on Ice production.
So, when we were invited to opening night of Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party, I was excited to see how this show compared.
Last year, opening night was the day after Halloween (Dia de los Muertos) and there was a really cool Coco performance. But, the kids were in a post-Halloween sugar coma and started nodding off near the end.
This year, opening night was the day before Halloween and the kids were excited to check out all the festivities!
Mickey’s Search Party Opening Night
The theme of the opening night party was Coco and they had the space decorated for Dia de los Muertos.
My kids knew there would be crafts so we headed there first. They had a table with all the supplies we needed to make tissue paper marigolds.
There was a table of water bottles, juice boxes, granola bars, oranges, chips, etc. Even though my kids just ate, they were somehow hungry for snacks!
When we sat down at our table, they had another activity where we could fill out our family tree and lots of coloring sheets.
They invited all the kids to gather and a staff member read the story of Coco, which was a big hit.
Then, Tinker Bell surprised everyone and chatted with kids as she made her way to the meet and greet area where she posed for photos with families.
And as we left, staff members handed out Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread.)
Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party
In this new ice show, the audience is invited to follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell.
Throughout the show, you’ll see world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts through performances featuring Moana, Coco, Aladdin, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen.
For Seattle-area families: This show runs at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent October 30-November 4 and at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett November 7-10. Find tickets here.
Take a look at the trailer:
MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY OPENING
This show is called Mickey’s Search Party and they set the scene immediately by showing Smee taking Tinker Bell’s magic wand, locking Tinker Bell in a lantern, and running away.
Then, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald are introduced by the emcees and come out to do an opening number before realizing Tinkerbell has been locked up.
So, Mickey and his friends ask the audience to help solve clues from the pirate map they left behind in order to free Tink.
In between each performance, they announce the next clue. The first clue was a rose…
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. I really loved how they did it in Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream, but I think I love this version a bit more.
I’m all about the aerial acts and I loved seeing Belle fly around on the silk swing while other performers twirled around her in the air.
They did “Be Our Guest” and it was lively and entertaining.
This was my first time seeing a Toy Story performance in Disney on Ice and it was really fun!
There was Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Bo Peep, and more. I was thinking Forky would make an appearance until I heard Andy’s voice and realized it was the wrong time frame.
The highlights for me were seeing Hamm skating around on all fours, the giant Pixar ball being bounced around the audience, and watching the Green Army Men do a few acrobatic numbers.
As soon as I saw Moana come out, I was curious if it would be the same performance as in Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream.
I’d say it was similar but not exactly the same.
We still got to see the canoe race around the rink and Maui do his “You’re Welcome” routine. Grandma Tala didn’t make an appearance, but the stingray made two appearances that were mesmerizing.
The highlight was when Moana gives the heart of Te Fiti to Te Ka and there are blowtorches and fireworks and people skating around with large fire-y silk flags.
For me, the Coco performance was EPIC. It started with Miguel walking through the audience playing “Remember Me” on his oversized guitar.
Then, he’s joined on the ice by skeleton pairs who dance around. As they are performing, two people climbed up a pole where they sat on a chair and released very long skirts. They started swaying back and forth on the tall seat and it was incredible!
Finally, ginormous skull puppets enter the ice and to see all the components working together is awe-inspiring!
I also hadn’t seen Aladdin on ice before and it was great! It started with a magic trick where the Genie disappeared on one end of the rink and re-appeared on the other!
They also had a tiny tent with 5 or 6 performers who popped out one at a time (like clowns coming out of a tiny car!)
The highlight for me was when Aladdin climbed up a pole and started spinning around!
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Ariel came out wearing a mermaid skirt and I was wondering how she could possibly skate in it. Well, she kind of bobbed up and down like she was swimming as she skated, which was kind of cool.
A bunch of sea creatures joined her for a big “Under the Sea” number and the costumes kind of glowed in the dark and it was awesome!
And then I saw the harness pop down and Ariel and Prince Eric did a big aerial routine that was so cool!
And of course, if you’re going to have a show on ice, you can’t forget about Frozen!
I loved the opening number because it was just like the movie, with the workers cutting and moving ice blocks. But this time, they did flips and jumped over the blocks of ice!
Of course, Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Olaf had a big moment near the end with the entire arena singing along with “Let it Go!”
The whole show wrapped up quickly with Mickey and friends freeing Tinker Bell and returning her wand to her.
I thought they did a really nice job balancing newer Disney films with classics. I always get a little weepy with the nostalgic films and I’m glad that they are keeping the magic alive for the next generation.
Our family truly loved this experience and I recommend it for any Disney family!
10 Disney on Ice Tips for First Timers
Ok, so now that you know the plot of this Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party show, let me give you some friendly advice on how to make this a stress-free event for your family.
1. READ ABOUT THE SHOW SO YOU KNOW WHICH CHARACTERS WILL BE THERE
I know I’m an over-researcher but I like to know what to expect so I can answer my kids’ questions.
We decided to watch a few YouTube videos of the show so the kids would know a few of the performances and some of the characters they could look forward to seeing.
I’m glad I knew we could expect to see Toy Story characters, Ariel, and characters from Aladdin so my kids and I could talk about it on the drive to the show.
Both kids are still super into Ariel right now and they would have been heartbroken if they expected to see her and she didn’t show up.
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME FOR YOUR CHILD
We were invited to attend opening night. That just happened to be the night before Halloween right at my preschooler’s and kindergartener’s bedtime.
Thankfully, we were able to rally but my 3 year old fell asleep in his seat during the last performance. And then they were super tired on Halloween.
In hindsight, we should have gone to the morning performance when moods were better and we felt well-rested.
The show runs almost 2 hours with an intermission.
3. EAT BEFORE THE DISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY SHOW
If your family is like mine, we get hangry! That’s the quickest way to Meltdown City.
So, I’d suggest stopping and getting food before the show so everyone is in good spirits. Because of timing, we just did drive thru food and ate in the car ride to the arena.
Since Coco is the big draw, I’d recommend finding a Mexican restaurant to get in the spirit!
4. BRING YOUR OWN GLOW STICKS
I always pack them for Disney trips to keep the kids occupied at night, so it was easy to grab a bunch to bring.
They were a total lifesaver! It was a nice distraction for the kids while we waited for the show to start and at intermission.
Plus, it save me a lot of money since they were selling them at the show.
But, if you don’t have light up toys at home, you might think about getting one as a souvenir. They are awesome for travel! And on that note…
5. TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT SOUVENIRS
The one thing that still catches me off-guard about Disney on Ice is the merchandising.
I’m used to Disney experiences where there are tons of fun snacks and souvenirs available, but I never feel pressured to buy something and it’s usually easy to distract my kids when we’re not planning on making purchases.
But, at Disney on Ice, there are people who came up to my kids in the aisles with cool light up toys and snacks that come with hats. It was really hard to say no.
There’s also a lot of stuff for sale in the concourse. There are light up toys, plush characters, popcorn in cute Mickey boxes, and snow cones that come in reusable character cups.
Because we knew what it was like, we talked to our kids about it and let them know we weren’t buying any souvenirs this time.
However, we ended up buying a Mickey box of popcorn and a souvenir cup of lemonade to all share when the kids got a little sleepy at the end.
6. ARRIVE CLOSER TO SHOW TIME
If the merchandising aspect seems overwhelming to you (or you want to avoid a meltdown), aim to arrive closer to show time.
If you are worried about parking, you can still park your car, but maybe get out and walk around. Or if you picked up food, you can eat it in your car.
Doors opened an hour early and there’s not a lot to do before the show except shop and buy concessions.
They did have a few photo ops set up where you can purchase photos of your kids in cute set-ups (like a teacup from Beauty & the Beast), merchandising tables, and a concession stand.
7. TAKE PHOTOS
Photography is encouraged! They even told us to use #disneyonice if we took a selfie with the characters during the show!
I got a few photos but I mostly took video. It’s been great because I was able to show my kids parts of the show the next day.
8. NO NEED TO WEAR COATS INSIDE
If you run cold (like I do) you’ll still probably want to dress warmly because there are bursts of cold air from time to time.
However, the arena is heated and it’s a pretty comfortable temperature. The ice doesn’t make it nearly as cold as you might think.
9. WHAT YOU CAN WEAR TO DISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY
Now’s the time to show your Disney spirit! Since we went right before Halloween and Dia de Muertos, I wore my Coco Minnie ears that I got at Disneyland last Halloween.
I also saw a lot of kids in costumes (mostly girls in Disney Princess dresses and a few cute Olafs!) Costumes are only allowed for guests under 14 years old.
And I definitely saw a lot of Mickey Mouse shirts, Minnie ears, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc!
10. TAKE YOUR TIME LEAVING
Chances are, your parking lot/garage will be packed with families trying to leave at the same time.
If you can, let your kids run around a bit after the show. Or hit up the restrooms. Or take selfies in the arena.
There’s no need to race to your car just to sit in traffic.
And if you think about it, have treats or something fun in the car to distract your kids from getting stir crazy sitting in the car.
My family had the best time at Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party and we’re really looking forward to future Disney on Ice shows! I’ll leave you with this photo we took at the VIP Party with Tinker Bell!