This show was going to be Ethan's first experience of sitting in a seat and watching a show for over an hour since his diagnosis. This did concern us as Ethan doesn't sit still so we called the 02 disabled access line to see what they could offer us. We were offered seats in the disabled area of the arena so that we could have a space for Ethan's buggy, therefore meaning that we had the ability to keep him still if required. I knew it was going to be quite far away from the ice which was also a concern as we didn't know if the show would be able to hold Ethan's attention from that distance. You don't know if you never try so we decided we would go. There are disabled areas closer to the ice but I was told that only one parent would be able to sit with Ethan, however on the day we could see groups of three sitting together in these areas.
We left our house a little later than we normally do to get to the 02 so when we arrived we made our why to our seats right away. At the entrance they do a bag search and they spotted the iPad, another tool used to keep Ethan in one place, and I was told we couldn't use this to take photos. Cameras and phones are fine but not iPads. I must admit this is something I totally agree with as it's one one of my biggest bug bears sitting behind someone using the camera on a iPad. How can you watch the show behind one of those?!
Our allocated seating area was perfect for us, but we did have to explain why we didn't put the buggy in the buggy park a few times. That's autism for you an invisible disability. This was our view.
As always the shows are introduced by Mickey Mouse and the gang. Ethan's little face lit up every time he saw them.
Dare to Dream follows the story of The Princess and the Frog, Snow White, Cinderella and Tangled. I can honestly say it was the best ice show we had seen. Ethan was engaged with the whole show and even when he had had enough of sitting in his buggy he just stood and watched the show at the barrier. He clapped along and even shouted in enjoyment, it was great to watch him enjoying it so much.
The end of the show was spectacular, the ice was full of Disney Prince and Princesses all dressed in white, cream and gold. I was sad to see this show end as we all enjoyed it so much.
The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the lanterns used in the Tangled segment. I wish they had just lowered them a little more as in the film they surround the characters, but that really is only a minor thing!
As we left they were handing out information for the next Christmas show, keeping everything crossed that this one is also at the 02 and we will be able to go again.