Best Seats For Disney On Ice: A Comprehensive Guide

Ultimate guide to the best seats for Disney on Ice. Expert tips and real-life experiences help make your magical show unforgettable!

Updated on: February 7, 2024

Have you ever been torn between choices when picking the perfect seat for Disney on Ice? I know the feeling. It’s about more than just watching the show; it’s about immersing yourself in a world where every moment is magical. But with so many seating options, where do you even start?

In this guide, I’ll take you through a journey to uncover the best seats for an unforgettable Disney on Ice experience. From my personal adventures and lessons learned, to tips from fellow Disney enthusiasts, I’ve compiled everything you need to know. Whether it’s your first show or your tenth, I’m here to help you choose a seat that turns a simple outing into a lifelong memory. Let’s explore together and make your Disney on Ice experience truly spectacular!

Which Seats are Best For Disney on Ice?

Quick Answer: The best seats to book for enjoying Disney on ice to the fullest are the front seats, i.e.,  the first two rows. However, these seats are a bit costly. So, if you can afford it and don’t want to settle for anything less than the best, go for front-row seats.


Seating Layout for Disney on Ice

Seating Layout for Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice stadium seats are divided into categories: Rinkside, Lower Tier, and Upper Tier.

Rinkside: Rinkside seats refer to the first few rows of seats at the ground level. These seats are directly at the front and closest to the show stage. These seats have three main sections: two sections are along the Long side of the ice, while one is running along the short side. 

Lower Tier: These seats come after the Rinkside seats and are behind the first few Rinkside seats. Seats in the lower tier are leveled slightly above the ground. In a lower-tier seating arrangement, each seat is slightly higher than the seats at the front to create an unobstructed view for the viewers.

Upper Tier: These seats are arranged behind and slightly higher than the lower-tier seats. Since the seats in the upper tier are much higher from the ground, they might not be a good choice for people who are scared of heights.

 Best Seats For Disney on Ice

disney on ice seating chart

First Priority:

The best seats for Disney on Ice are Rinkside seats, i.e., the first two rows. 

These seats give the best and most lively experience of enjoying Disney on Ice because you can view the actors and the performance up close without obstructions. Sometimes, you may also speak to your favorite character, which is priceless. Furthermore, these seats provide enough legroom for the viewer to rest and stretch their feet whenever they want.

However, these seats have hefty, or, you can say, the highest price. So, you can choose these if you can afford them. Also, while booking the seats, you must ensure not to go any farther than the first two rows, especially if you are short-sighted or have kids. Since the seats are directly at the ground level, anyone taller can block your view.


If you can’t get your hands on Front row seats for some reason, here are the alternatives to help you enjoy the show.

Lower Tier:

If you cannot afford the front-row seats or you didn’t get one despite your affordability, your second best chance is to go for seats in the lower tier. Do not choose front seats of the lower tier; instead, go back and choose one from the 7th row to the 10th row. As these seats are slightly higher, there would be minimum chances of obstruction, and you can enjoy the show to the fullest.

Another important factor is to go for seats in the center of the row, allowing you to have a complete view of the stadium from all ends.

Now, if you don’t get seats anywhere in the lower tier, too, you may go for the last option.

Upper Tier:

Seats from the Upper tier should be your last option. The seats in the upper tier are too far from the main stage, and everything would seem too small. It is not a good deal for people with weak eyesight or the elderly. The upper-tier seats have the lowest price, but it’s best to keep them as the last option if no other options are available. 

Furthermore, the seats are considerably higher from the ground, which could be problematic for people with a fear of heights.

What to Expect from Your Seat: A Chair for Every Preference

When I attended my first Disney on Ice show, I was surprised to find that not all seats are created equal. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect in terms of seating comfort in each section:

  • Rinkside: These are premium seats, and they come with premium comfort. You’ll be sitting on padded folding chairs that offer a good amount of cushioning. Trust me, your back will thank you later.
  • Lower Tier: The seats here are your standard stadium seats—plastic, fold-down chairs with armrests. They’re comfortable enough for the duration of the show, but if you’re someone who needs extra cushioning, you might want to bring a small pillow.
  • Upper Tier: Similar to the Lower Tier, these are also plastic, fold-down chairs. However, due to the height, they come with safety rails that can sometimes obstruct your legroom a bit. If you’re tall like me, you might find this a tad uncomfortable.

What to Wear to Disney on Ice

Now, let’s talk about what to wear. The first time I went, I made the rookie mistake of underestimating how chilly it can get inside the arena. So, here are my tips:

  • Temperature: The arena is kept at around 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-60 degrees Fahrenheit). If you’re sitting close to the ice, especially in the Rinkside seats, it can feel even colder. I recommend wearing layers—perhaps a T-shirt with a sweater and a jacket that you can easily take off if you get too warm.
  • Comfort: You’ll be sitting for a long time, so comfort is key. Avoid tight-fitting clothes that could become uncomfortable over time. I wore jeans and a comfy sweater, and it was perfect for the occasion.
  • Footwear: Closed-toe shoes are a must. I wore sneakers, and they were a great choice—comfortable for walking around the venue and warm enough for sitting close to the ice.
  • For the Kids: If your little ones insist on wearing their favorite Disney costumes, make sure to layer them up with leggings or thermal wear. Trust me, a shivering child can quickly take the magic out of the experience.

Suggestion for Watching Disney on Ice

If you have decided to have a blast at Disney on Ice, here are some tips and guidelines to make the experience memorable and worthwhile.

  1. Look at the seating layout beforehand to get tickets for seats that are comfortable for you.
  2. Sometimes the prices of tickets for the same show vary from city to city. In some cities, the price of a Disney on Ice ticket must be lower than the others. So, before purchasing the tickets, check the price difference between tickets for Disney on Ice in your city and the nearest city. If the tickets for your city are much more expensive than the nearest city, it’s best to purchase tickets for the nearest city, especially when the distance is less, and you want to go to the show with your whole family.
  3. It’s best to choose the row’s middle seats or the stadium’s long side to enjoy the best view.
  4. The Disney on Ice shows are fairly long, so if you are coming with kids where you have to make frequent trips to the restroom or outside, it’s best to choose the aisle seats.
  5. Bringing binoculars for the upper tier seats would be a great idea to enjoy the show from far behind.
  6. If you’re coming with kids, make sure to feed them enough before the show or bring snacks to feed them if they feel hungry.
  7. Make sure to bring a camera or a good smartphone. Disney on Ice is really amazing to see, and you’ll want to keep those memories forever. Usually, you can take pictures as long as you don’t use flash and it’s just for yourself, not to share with lots of people. Just remember, big camera stuff like tripods aren’t allowed.

Insights on Seating at Disney on Ice from People Who Attended

When it comes to choosing the best seats for Disney on Ice, everyone has an opinion. But what do real attendees have to say? After researching various discussions and testimonials, here’s what I found:

The Premium Experience: Close to the Ice

One attendee shared their experience of sitting just two rows from the ice. They mentioned that the proximity allowed them to almost touch hands with the skaters. The recommendation was to aim for middle sections for a complete view of the rink. This aligns well with my advice on opting for Rinkside seats if you can afford them.

Family-Friendly Options: Loge Boxes and Club Seats

Another attendee brought up an interesting point about the type of seating to consider if you’re attending with children. They mentioned loving the loge boxes, which offer a row with a table and rolling chairs. This is particularly useful if you have toddlers who might want to move around. They also mentioned that these boxes usually have servers for food and drink service. If you’re looking for more standard seating, they recommended club seats, particularly those that offer the most straight-on view of the show.

Budget-Friendly Choices: Upper Tier

In another discussion, someone was specifically looking for budget-friendly options in the upper levels. The recommendation was to aim for middle sections for a good view. This advice is crucial for those who want to enjoy the show without breaking the bank.

The Toddler Perspective: Front Row or Aisle Seats

best seating for toddler at Disney on Ice

In a discussion focused on the best seating for toddlers, the front row was recommended for an unobstructed view. They also suggested seats towards the top of certain sections as good alternatives, as these offer elevated sight lines and are closer to amenities like restrooms. Another point raised was whether a 2-year-old would appreciate the show enough to make it worth the trip. The recommendation was to consider aisle or back seats for easy exiting in case of a toddler meltdown.

Takeaways and Recommendations

  1. For the Premium Experience: If budget is not an issue, Rinkside seats, particularly in the middle sections, offer an immersive experience.
  2. Family-Friendly Options: Loge boxes or club seats are excellent choices for those attending with children. They offer both comfort and convenience.
  3. Budget-Friendly Choices: If you’re on a budget, aim for middle sections even in the upper tiers to get a decent view of the rink.
  4. Toddler-Friendly: If you’re attending with a toddler, consider the front row for an unobstructed view or aisle seats for easy exits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it cold inside the Disney on Ice arena?

The average temperature inside the arena is about 10-15 degrees Celsius/ 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, and seats closer to the ice might be slightly colder. So, it’s suggested to dress accordingly. 

What’s the best age for going to Disney on Ice shows?

People of all ages can enjoy the Disney on Ice show without age restrictions. However, some shows might be a little scary for some age groups, so it’s best to research the show you will watch.

How long is the Disney on Ice show?

The Disney on Ice shows are fairly long, with about 90 minutes of performance and 15 minutes of intermission. The 90-minute performance is divided into two parts, with 60 minutes before and 30 minutes after intermission.

Are there any discounts available for weekday shows?

Yes, tickets for weekday shows are generally cheaper than weekend shows. For example, front-row tickets that cost $90 for weekend shows might be available for $65 on a weekday.

Are there any obstructed views to be aware of?

Avoid corner seats as they offer the worst views of the rink. Aim for seats on the long side of the rink for the best experience.

Final Word

Watching a Disney on Ice show is a magical experience that many dream of attending. The last thing anyone wants is to dampen that magic by choosing seats that don’t offer the best view or experience. That’s why it’s crucial to do your homework before purchasing tickets. The insights and tips provided in this article aim to guide you in selecting the seats that will make your Disney on Ice experience truly unforgettable, all while keeping your budget in mind.

Have you attended a Disney on Ice show before? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience! Which seats did you choose, and how did they impact your enjoyment of the show? Feel free to share your thoughts and even your pictures in the comments below. Your insights could help others make more informed decisions and add even more magic to their Disney on Ice experience.

I’m Shaun Conroy, an audiophile & founder of HiFi Audios. Holding a Bachelor’s in Sound Engineering, I bring deep expertise in audio devices and offer insights & recommendations to fellow enthusiasts.

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