Always an incredibly popular event, it was with a great sense of anticipation in the SuperBreak offices when winter rolled around and brought with it a fabulous string of dates for Disney on Ice at London’s O2 Arena. SuperBreak’s staff turned out in force for this magnificent event, and here with a few thoughts on the spectacle are our own Jules, Susan and Becky…
Guest post by Jules Harrison…
For a present for Christmas we decided to take our 3 year old to see Disney On Ice between Christmas and New Year – we visited last year and enjoyed it so much that decided to visit again! The show was 100 years of Disney, so had many characters on the ice and didn’t disappoint – any Disney lover of any age would love these shows.
We chose to stay at the Novotel Excel and it was really close to the Emirates Airline cable car, so we used this to get to the 02 – Henry our 3 year old loved this as much as the rest of our stay! On arrival at the cable car it was all done out as “Snowman and the snow dog” and free gifts for children were given out. We saw a matinee performance and ate afterwards at the hotel which turned out a great idea as the 02 was very busy.
The Novotel offered reasonably priced food to a high standard and we were especially impressed by the children’s meal, which was three courses for £5.95 including a drink and to be honest nearly as much as what was on our plates!
The next day we visited the London Aquarium and The Imperial War museum – both were fantastic places to visit. The Imperial War museum has had a recent face lift and its displays are well worth visiting. We also, when travelling around London, find it easier to use the buses rather than tubes with a buggy and it is not as difficult to find buses as you may first think.
All in all a lovely mid Christmas/New Year treat for the three of us!
Guest post by Susan Smith…
Took my mother for dinner at Planet Hollywood the night before; we went shopping on Oxford street and we visited all the landmarks like Westminster and London Bridge and returned to the Radisson Blu New Providence Wharf for a lovely evening.
The day of Disney on Ice we visited the O2 nice and early and looked at the range of restaurants. We visited The Elvis exhibition shop, but sadly didn’t have enough time for the exhibition. Me and my mother were the first to arrive and I welcomed some of SuperBreak’s lovely clients, everyone seemed very happy with their seats! After the performance we headed straight to Kings Cross to get the train – easy as anything!
A Q&A with Becky Collis…
1. What event did you go to see and why?
Disney On Ice. I wanted to go see the event as I use to go a lot when I was younger. It was a great excuse to relive my childhood!
2. What did you think of the performance? Did it live up to expectations?
The performance overall was ok. It seemed to go really quickly, I thought there may have been more Disney characters with it being a celebration of 100 years. I would have loved a frozen performance, but that was in a separate show. The ice skaters, costumes and special effects where all amazing, and you can tell a lot of effort went into it.
3. Was this your first visit to The O2? What did you make of the facilities?
It was my first visit. The facilities where excellent, better than other concert venues I’ve been too. There was no long queue for the toilets which was a massive bonus, as I didn’t waste time on the interval waiting for the toilet.
4. Did you enjoy a meal or drinks out before the event? If so would you recommend the places?
As Disney on Ice started at 17:30pm, we went for a meal after the show. We ate at TGI Friday’s. We had a lovely meal and were reasonable for prices, because we went after it wasn’t too busy and got sat down straight away. There was plenty of eating places to choose from so it took us a while to decide where to go!
5. How did you get to The O2? How did you find travelling around London?
We didn’t stay at a hotel, as we stayed at a relative’s apartment. The apartment was close to the river and was between Blackfriars and Southwark tube stations. So we just got the Jubilee line from Southwark straight to the O2. Was easy to do and was really quick. Unfortunately while we was in London there was a lot of tube lines closed so the journeys took a bit longer than usual but we had an app on the phone which helped us plan alternate routes.
6. How does The O2 compare to other venues?
I think the O2 was one of the better venues as the facilities were good. And there was a lot of eating and drinking places within the venue. I also liked the fact how easy it is to get too as well.
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