Website: Disney On Ice
United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago
The United Center can be reached by public transportation by taking the Orange, Green, Purple, or Brown line to Madison, and then taking the 20 bus west.
United Center – 312-455-4500
Ticketmaster – 800-745-3000
Dates and hours: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Sunday, September 15, 2013
- Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm
- Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 pm
- Friday, Sept 13 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, Sept 14 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, & 7:00 pm
- Sunday, Sept 15 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, & 7:00 pm
Ticket prices range from about $13 to $70 (plus fees).
Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketmaster.
Children under 36″ are permitted to sit on a parent’s lap for free.
Save 40% on weekday shows and 20% on weekend shows with discount code MOM. Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee, not including holidays such as the day after Thanksgiving. Discount does not apply to Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.
Parking: Parking is free for Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic.
There are public bathrooms on each level. Family bathrooms are available on the 100 level in the First Aid room across from section 115/116, and at the 300 level at the top of section 303/304.
Nursing: There is no designated nursing area.
Handicapped/stroller accessibility: The United Center is handicapped accessible. Strollers must be checked at any guest relations booths located at Gates 2 or 6, or the Lexus Club Level at section 221, or on the 300 level across from section 325.
Other amenities: There are vendors everywhere selling glow-in-the-dark toys, light up wands, and other items. There are vendors at tables throughout the venue and vendors walking through the stands. T-shirts are $20 and 13″ plush dolls are $30.
Food: Vendors sell lots of food at tables and in the stands – hots dogs, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, etc. $12 for cotton candy (which comes with a free plastic hat) or a sno-cone in a plastic Disney cup.
We paid: We received complimentary tickets to see the show. If we had purchased tickets we would have paid $48 plus fees because tickets on opening night were $12 each.
Disney on Ice is in Chicago right now celebrating 100 Years of Magic. We saw the show on opening night and I was pleased to see a variety of Disney characters.
The Disney shows often seem to be very princess heavy, but this one had a good mix – Aladdin, Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast, Toy Story, It’s a Small World, Pinocchio, Mulan, The Incredibles, and The Lion King, with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy popping in and out in between. There was also one performance with the princesses and their princes – Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Sleeping Beauty.
As with all the Disney shows, the costumes were really amazing. We were particularly enchanted by the sharks in the Finding Nemo portion of the show and the whale who swallowed Pinocchio’s Geppetto.
The Incredibles were the highlight of the show for my kids and the other kids in the audience seemed pretty excited about them too. (Why haven’t they made an Incredibles 2 movie??) Edna (the designer of the costumes) introduced each of the characters and did a little fashion show explaining the costumes she designed for them.
The Lion King was another popular part of the show. As soon as the music started there were cheers, presumably from the adults in the crowd.
The show was about 2 hours long with an intermission of about 15 minutes. It ended with a large finale with all the characters and some fireworks.
The show was very entertaining and we were happy to see so many of the Disney characters.