OpenAir Cinemas and Disney+ have come together to hold Australia’s first Disney Drive-In experience. I was lucky enough to attend the Melbourne session of Disney Drive-In on December 9th, and boy, was it a treat!
For any Disney fans out there, if you’ve ever wanted a film program for all things Disney, then look no further than the Disney Drive-In. There’s a variety of films from classic Disney animations such as Aladdin and Hercules, newer Disney films such as Moana and Ratatouille, there’s even Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as some Marvel films – plenty of films to choose from to please everyone.
Seeing The Little Mermaid Sing-along, I decided to head over early to get a good spot closer to the cinema screen. If you come a bit later, it doesn’t matter, the venue is planned out so you won’t have an obstructed view from your car, just if you are further away, then naturally the screen will be a lot smaller. So, if you are wanting to be closer to the screen, it is ideal to head over to the venue prior to gates opening.
Food wise, the event is quite limited. There are certain snacks that you can order, but nothing substantial enough that I would describe as a meal. However, this is the first-time Open-Air Cinemas and Disney+ are presenting this, so I’m certain that there will be many amendments and changes for future seasons. If you want to eat something more filling, it is a drive-in, you are welcome to bring your own food.
Unfortunately, if the weather is hot, you won’t be allowed to have your aircon on because you will be asked to turn your car engine off. It is possible to have your car on without your engine running to listen to the audio of the film, however, if you would prefer not to do this, you can also rent a portable radio for the evening from staff.
Overall, the Disney Drive-In was a pleasant and enjoyable experience for families and Disney fans. I personally enjoyed being able to sing along to the songs in The Little Mermaid in the privacy of my car without anyone else hearing me. Admission is $47.64 which is the cost per car for up to 5 people. When applying for a ticket, you will be queried on the size of your car, which determines where staff with place you at the venue.
Melbourne’s season of the Disney Drive-In will be on until December 28th, 2020 at Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale.
For more information and ticketing for Melbourne, and other state seasons, visit: https://www.openaircinemas.com.au/drive-in