photo by Diana Saez
Motherhood is full of sacrifices, and driving through Uptown during rush hour to endure Disney on Ice is one of them.
A thousand vendors scattered throughout Target Center means that even if you buy your kid one overpriced item (in our case, a $15 rainbow snow cone in a Tinkerbell beer stein), there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth about the $22 light wand you didn’t buy.
Which is how things started at the Disney on Ice show with my four-year-old twins, Penelope and William.
On what the twins are most excited about:
Penelope: The princess and that girl duck. What’s her name?
On the ambiance and venue:
Penelope: This place is cool. Can we come here another day?
(Writer’s note: Sure, with your grandparents…)
William: I liked the echoes in the parking garage. I didn’t like it when you didn’t get me a light wand.
On the first act, which included Fantasia and Mickey Mouse:
William: I like it but I’m not going to clap until the end, okay?
On the costumes:
Penelope: Those don’t look like real brooms.
Penelope: That Minnie Mouse dress with a heart and a bow in pink glitter is the best dress. After Elsa’s. But there’s no Frozen in this, right?
(Writer’s Note: It is best to prepare children for disappointments. We’d had “the talk” about the shocking lack of Frozen in the show.)
Penelope: Why was there so much Halloween stuff? And bad guys? That witch from the Dalmation show was there and I HATE HER.
William: I liked the Halloween stuff better than the princesses.
On what they were hoping for out of the second half:
William: I hope there are some dinosaurs!
Penelope: I dunno. Maybe something with fire?
(Writer’s note: Imagine my utter shock when the second half included the T-rex from Toy Story and a huge ring of fire during a Lilo & Stitch number. NAILED IT.)
The morning after:
Penny: My favorite part was Minnie in the red dress on the sled at the end. Only I wished there wasn’t snow in that part. I don’t want any more snow.
William: I’m going to tell Cameron at school about this. He’ll want to hear about the princess and the dinosaur. That was my favorite part. I wanted more dinosaurs. Princesses are nice but I don’t have a favorite one, but I do have a favorite dinosaur.
Penelope: That guy who lit the fire on the ice is named David. I already know that guy. He’s Lilo’s sister's boyfriend.
William: Next time we need to get those light wands too.
Penelope: Yeah. That’s why you need to bring cash, Mom.