(Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove is currently playing at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, through Monday, February 15. Buy tickets here. The show is currently touring around North America, and there are lots of dates in lots of different cities, so check the full calendar to see if it’s playing near you.)
We’ve been to our share of Disney on Ice shows, so by this point, we pretty much know what to expect. Still, it’s always a nice surprise when we see something new, and a show isn’t just the same old routines with a new name.
Treasure Trove is one of the newer shows currently touring around the country. As usual, they’ve tried to divide the show up so the acts target stereotypical “boys” and “girls” properties equally. However, we found this show to be particularly light on the princesses, much to both of my kids’ delight. (My daughter is not a fan of the overly “girly” princesses.)
The show begins with a brief introduction by the Toy Story gang. This was the first Disney on Ice performance we’ve seen that doesn’t begin immediately with the classic Mickey characters (they come out after Woody, Jessie, and Buzz). Neither the Toy Story nor the Mickey Mouse segments tell a story – each is just an introduction to the show that follows.
The first half consists of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Both are extended segments that tell the story of the films, and both were new to us. As I said, it’s nice to see different characters and segments, especially ones that dip a bit deeper into the Disney catalog.
The entirety of the first half felt very short, though. And at about 35 minutes, we weren’t imagining things. It was short.
Still, they managed to cram a lot into the second half, which begins with The Lion King and the most impressive skating of the show.
Next up is Snow White. Six segments in, and we see our first princess. Not too bad! Even so, this segment tells the story and heavily features the dwarfs and evil queen. It doesn’t dwell on Snow White herself.
The show then speeds through several segments, which get only one or two songs each (no stories): Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog. Despite the brevity of these segments, the sets and costumes are still rather impressive.
The grand finale surprisingly features a lot of characters that aren’t in the show proper. Keep an eye out for Mulan, Cinderella, and Aurora.
Would I recommend Treasure Trove? If you’ve got kids who enjoy this type of thing, then absolutely. Especially if you’re not too keen on the whole Disney Princess juggernaut. There’s a lot to enjoy here, and the Disney on Ice shows are extremely well produced with some great theatrics and special effects.
(Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador. As part of this program, I received complimentary tickets to Disney on Ice. All opinions remain my own.)