Another triumphant Return for Disney on Ice

The latest Disney on Ice show ‘100 years of magic’ landed in Birmingham on Wednesday night, and once more proved that when it comes to enchanting adults and children alike, Disney has no equal. With old favourites and new set pieces merging together in one wonderful ice show, the ice spectacle was the perfect start of half term fun.

‘100 years of magic’ takes a whole host of Disney’s famous creations, along with some of the most iconic scenes and songs from Disney movies, and blends them all together in a fabulous frothy cocktail of fun. From the moment Mickey, Minnie and friends burst onto the ice in a riot of colour, the action is fast and frenetic. The set pieces are shorter than in some previous shows, with many characters reduced to one scene, but this allows the show to celebrate a whole host of movies and characters, some of which I’ve not yet seen in Disney shows.

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The opening scene is both magical and poignant. It features Aladdin and the genie, voiced by the much loved Robin Williams.  The scene caused the audience to gasp and burst into spontaneous applause, as ice skating genie after ice skating genie emerged onto the floor to perform (showgirl) high kicking style. It was a sparkling, hilarious opener to what proved to be a great show.

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Aladdin sequence

This is the Disney show that thinks ‘big’. So we had a great white shark in the Nemo sketch, and a huge blue whale swallowing Pinocchio and Gepetto. Mulan was a gorgeous confection of red due to the presence of a stunning celebratory dragon, whilst the exquisite ‘It’s a Small World’ segment sparkled with hundreds of tiny lights bringing the Eiffel Tower to Birmingham.

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Finding Nemo

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It’s a small World

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One segment that was new, and proved to be a fan favourite, was the one that introduced ‘The Incredibles’. My 11  year old niece loved this, as did my five year old – it proved to be funny and cool for all ages.

The Disney magic is most definitely intact, and this show is a must see for the October holidays. Disney on Ice – 100 years of magic is at The NIA, Birmingham until 2nd November.

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For ticket information, click here.

Disney on Ice is returning to Birmingham

The latest show from Disney on Ice will be arriving at the Birmingham NIA very soon. The latest show is entitled ‘Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 years of Magic’, and as ever, it promises to be a show that is just full of fun and magic, with fabulous displays of skating, gorgeous costumes and those wonderful Disney songs filling the arena.

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This time, the segments will be made up of scenes and stories from such Disney favourites as Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, along with the more recent Disney Pixar Classics The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Toy Story. As ever, the show will be interlocked together by the much loved Mickey Mouse, with Minne and friends along for the ride.

There are show stopping scenes we are advised to look out for. These include a giant present that reveals Buzz Lightyear, and his first meeting with Woody, Jessie and all his Toy Story friends. Minnie Mouse will impress fashionista’s young and old when she reveals a red sequined dress that is truly red carpet worthy, whilst there are also scenes of snow and an avalanche as Mulan battles against the Hun.

evt_610400__incrediblesrgbI love the Disney on Ice shows, I think  they are fabulous entertainment for the whole family. (We take a 5 year old, and my 10 year old niece, and both of them are absolutely enthralled with everything from the set-pieces to the costume and set design.) If you are looking for a real family treat, then a Disney on Ice show will certainly not disappoint.

DisneyonIce100yearscharacters_0Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of magic arrives at the Birmingham NIA on Wednesday 22nd October, and runs until Sunday 2nd November. Tickets are priced from £17.65 to £43.00. Click here for more ticket information. The show then moves on to Sheffield, Dublin, Belfast and London. You can get the complete tour itinerary here.

Disney Dare to Dream charms at The NIA

The latest Disney on Ice show hit Birmingham last week, with a special VIP performance at the NIA. Disney’s Dare to Dream is a celebration of the most magical of Disney characters, the Fairytale princesses, with particular emphasis on four of those lovely ladies. A show full of sparkle and magic, ‘Dare to Dream’ charmed even those hardest of hearts with glitter, romance and utterly enchanting ice dance.

DSCN4651Before the show Joe and my niece Lia were thrilled to meet the very beautiful Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Her exquisite gown was a lovely taster of what was to come, with fabulous attention to detail measuring the Disney ideal. And then it was off to the show.

The show begun with an energetic, 1920s style dance from The Princess and the Frog. I have to admit to having never seen this Disney film, but the New Orleans jazz setting gives this a rather more grown-up feel, and with the additional of Scott Joplin style ‘ragtime’ and the procession of impossibly bright and beautiful costumes, this was a great upbeat start to the show.

DSCN4660The mood changes considerably with the introduction of the next vignette, and one of Disney’s most evil woman. The Wicked Queen from Snow White was suitably dark and sinister, and her mirror, complete with hologram face and flashing eyes was actually quite scary, especially for younger children. In fact, poor Joe had to be taken out in tears at this point. On the other hand, my niece, who is almost ten, thought the mirror was pretty amazing. Of course, once the Dwarfs were introduced, the mood lightened, and this proved to be a favourite part for most of the younger children, thanks in no small part to the undeniably adorable Dopey.

DSCN4661We next moved onto Cinderella, one of the most beloved of all Disney Princesses, and I think this was possibly my favourite part of the whole show, simply because of how the children in the audience reacted to the magical appearance of the golden carriage.

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DSCN4671The ballroom scenes were a riot of sparkle and colour, with swishing skirts, beautiful ladies and handsome soldiers making the most of the large floorspace. Joe did enjoy this, but was anxious for the return of Mickey and Donald, I think this definitely appeals more to your little princesses than it does to your little princes.

DSCN4680The final section of the show told the story of Rapunzel, who I didn’t realise had been turned into a Disney heroine. This proved to be a totally enchanting tale, slightly changed in the Disney telling, but one that, on ice, lends itself to a series of breathtaking ballet style lifts, and also opportunities for soaring through the sky (without a harness, as my niece pointed out.) There was also a wonderful dancing white horse, who captured the heart of both Lia and Joe.

DSCN4682A stunning finale, which many other Disney princesses join in the fun, completed what had been a wonderful night. Disney on Ice Dare to Dream is the perfect family night out this half term, and will be at the Birmingham NIA until Sunday 3rd November.

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