So the itstartedwithasquish family were invited down to the Lowry Theatre to see Mickey Mouse and his friends in ‘Mickey’s Rockin’ Roadshow!’ Having sat through hours upon hours of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Squish was naturally bouncing off the walls when he learned who we were off to see!
As with all kid’s shows, there was plenty of Mickey & friends merchandise to buy in the lobby of the Lowry, and it took Squish a little bit of convincing to understand that yawnofthedad didn’t need a bright red electric Mickey guitar! All around you could see the negotiations between parent and child and from seeing a number of adults wearing Buzz Lightyear hats, it was easy to see who’d won that argument.
Picking up our tickets we were treated to a free programme, which although looked (and probably was) quite expensive, it had lots of activities and content inside to occupy kids of all ages whilst they waited in the theatre for the show to start.
So there we waited, sat perfectly dead-centre in the main theatre, waiting for the show to begin and Disney’s main star to appear. The lights dimmed, the music started, and out popped what can only be described as an extra from Glee/High School Musical! Squish didn’t seem to mind it wasn’t Mickey though, as the presenter’s enthusiasm and American-excitement soon had him clapping his hands, dancing, and cheering.
Try getting a good photo of an excited, dancing 3-year old!!
The story is a simple one: Mickey and his friends are putting on a talent show but before they can start the fun they decide to set off on a road trip to gather a few more talented friends! The show could have been lazy and had Mickey and a few friends dancing around for an hour with little or no story behind it – kids would have still lapped it up. However, with Mickey’s Rockin’ Roadshow, it uses the stage as best as it can, brings in a few extra (and highly popular) Disney friends you usually wouldn’t associate with Mickey, and moves at a pace where no scene becomes too stale and your little ones start getting bored and restless.
All good Mickey cars come with hot air balloon option as standard!
The addition of “human” actors in the show does help as I can only imagine movement is pretty restricting in a 6ft mouse costume! They help change scenery, move the Roadshow car along, and get the crowd going with their dancing and singing. I think the mix of Disney characters included is also a nice touch as it had something for your little ones regardless of their age: Tigger and Mickey for the younger ones (and all ages!), Cinderella for the little princesses among your family, and the Toy Story gang for your budding cowboys and space rangers.
After the brief 10 minute intermission they even got some kids and parents up on the stage to sing and dance…the parents looked a tad awkward rocking out! The show ends with a big bang as all the characters come out to sing and dance their way to a finale and they’re all met with a rousing applause – especially from Squish!
Overall, squish had a great time there and the only downfall was that the theatre wasn’t even close to being full (we went to a 16:30 show). I think with a capacity crowd the atmosphere would’ve been even better and more parents could’ve hidden their dancing embarrassment! Also, anything that gets my other half, yawnofthedad up on his feet dancing is always worth the admission fee!
Squish gives the thumbs up to Mickey and the gang!
Finally I received a lovely email from our competition winners who kindly sent me a picture of his family meeting Mickey and Minnie after the show. So glad you enjoyed it!!
“Just wanted to say thank you very much. We all had a fantastic time.”
Left to right – Sarah (Mum), Olivia (21 months) and Daniel (6 years)
For the purpose of conducting this review we received a free family ticket however all views are honest and of my own free will