Yesterday was my first experience of Disney on Ice. Whoa. Have you been? “The Squirrel” and I went with some good friends of ours, another 6 year old Go Girl!, her dad and baby sister. Cuteness all around. My favorite part of the whole show was when TinkerBell came out at the end and my daughter nearly worked herself into a fit. She jumped to her feet and spread her arms out wide and screamed “TINKERBELL!!! Over HERE!” at the top of her lungs as if that just might be the key to make her fly over and take us all with her on one of her incredible fairy adventures.
But that’s not the part I want to talk about. I want to talk about the Princess sequence. Now, for some reason, I was able to tolerate the incredibly aggressive marketing tactics, the dearth of performers of color, and the $12 beers, but, as a Go Girl!, I was jumping out of my skin during the Princess sequence.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t identify as a Disney princess hater. Little Mermaid is one of my favorite soundtracks…ever. However, the ice show takes it to a whole other level when they create this scenario – Minnie Mouse wants nothing more than to be a beautiful princess with a prince on her arm. The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella comes to her and introduces her to all of the famous princesses who skate with their princes as examples of what to strive for in life. At one point, Fairy Godmother actually even says to Minnie “What’s a princess without a prince?” Yikes.
At that point, I knew I had to do something. I had to say something to these young Go Girls! to counteract that message. But we were having fun. I didn’t want to make it too preachy and awkward. So, here’s what I said…
Me: Hey girls! Wasn’t it amazing how strong those princesses were?!? They were doing amazing things on that ice!
Go Girl! #1: Ya! The boys were strong too! They lifted the girls up so high.
Me: You’re right. Those boys were really strong. But, those girls had to do all those spins and flips and so much amazing stuff with their bodies. They had to use a lot of muscles to do all of that.
Go Girl! #2: Wow! How did that do that?
Me: Well, they practiced a lot and worked really hard.
Then, the popcorn vendor came by and that was the end of that.
What do you think? What would you have said in my situation? What has worked for you in the past to counteract the power of princesses?