Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival

There are no prizes for guessing what the highlight of the Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival was, when it opened at the Genting Arena in Birmingham last night. Frozen has been a total phenomenon, the biggest new Disney hit in years, with ‘Let it Go’ being that song that you simply cannot dislodge from your brain. And last night in Birmingham, listening to the whole of the auditorium singing along with Elsa at the top of their voices, you realised you were in the midst of a very special moment. I don’t mind admitting I shed a few tears.

The Magical Ice festival wasn’t just about Frozen. There was the usual mixture of Mickey and friends introducing wonderful set pieces from a number of Disney Favourites. This time around we were treated to segments from The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, before the part that it seemed the whole room was waiting for. Each of the earlier segments perfectly fused wonderful ice dancing and perfect costumes with songs and dances that are instantly familiar. There was an awe-inspiring moment from The Little Mermaid, when Ariel gets her legs courtesy of the frankly terrifying Ursula, and the horse from Tangled again delighted audiences, but the truth was that everyone was waiting for one thing – the moment Anna and Elsa would make their way onto the ice.

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Minnie Mouse

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The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid

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No-one was disappointed. Olaf the comic Snowman longing for Summer, and doing what snowmen do in Summer, was just as loveable and funny as he is in the movie, and was a total audience favourite. Anna and Elsa showed all the personality and determination that has made them Disney’s most popular heroines, whilst Sven the Reindeer was an advertisement in cute. But it was ‘Let it Go’ that raised the roof, as Idina Menzel’s voice soared and the snow came down creating a wonderful spectacle. It was beautiful and spine tingling, and, as an adult I loved every minute of it. Judging by all the other adults singing at the top of their lungs, I wasn’t the only one. My little boy Joe, who often says that Frozen is ‘a girls film’ proclaimed it his favourite part of the whole show, with Olaf his favourite character (he did add the question though – is that Snowman crazy?)

Frozen Love

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Frozen – Disney on Ice

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We all fell in love with Sven

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The fabulously funny Olaf

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This is a show that charms and captivates it audience from start to finish.

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Disney on Ice Magical Ice Show is at the Birmingham Genting Arena until 5th April, and then continues it’s Nationwide tour. For ticket information, click here.

Disney on Ice Magical Ice festival is almost here

As a huge fan of Disney on Ice, the arrival of a brand new show always leads to a real sense of excitement – the shows are always magical, sparkling and thoroughly good entertainment that leaves the whole family feeling happy and satisfied. But the new show, ‘Magical Ice Festival’ is causing thousands of children up and down the country to feel almost dizzy in anticipation. For this is the first show featuring scenes and characters from the huge worldwide hit, the phenomenon that is ‘Frozen.’

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Yes, sisters Anna and Elsa, along with reindeer Sven and that hilarious snowman Olaf, will be taking to the ice as they journey up the Northern Mountains in a story that promises to bring fun and adventures along the way. The introduction of the Frozen characters has created huge interest in this particular Disney show, with eleven extra shows being added to an already extensive nationwide tour.

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Of course, this being a Disney show, it is not just the Frozen cast performing on the ice. Perennial favourites Mickey, Minnie and the crew will be leading the show, introducing us to segments including the Disney Princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle. But it is the Frozen segment which is raising expectation levels so high. Producer Nicole Feld has said:- “In
(our) more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like Frozen. The most exciting part of bringing characters like Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is knowing that they have a powerful and inspiring message
that resonates with audiences as the sisters discover the true meaning of love.”

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival is appearing across the UK from 11th March -­‐ 17th May 2015 in Aberdeen,Liverpool,Glasgow,Birmingham,London,Cardiff,Nottingham and Leeds.
Click here www.disneyonice.co.uk for ticket details and show times.

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.