Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy lights up Birmingham

Mickey Mouse was back in town last night, bringing a whole raft of his friends with him. Yes, Disney on Ice was in Birmingham at the LG Arena with a brand new show. As usual it was a spectacle that was enjoyed by young and old, who were treated to some exhilarating dance, fabulous costumes and a whole lot of wholesome fun.

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The newest show is Worlds of Fantasy. Micky, Minnie, Donald and Goofy embark on a road trip that is curtailed when their car breaks down. Cue the Disney favourites being transported to four different ‘worlds’ that include Radiator Springs, ‘Under the Sea’, the land of the fairies and Andy’s bedroom, and then the daycare centre from Toy Story.

The first set piece was actually my favourite. Having a five year old boy, it was wonderful to see the look on his face when the Mater introduced the ‘Cars’ from Radiator Springs to the ice. Lightning McQueen got the biggest cheer, and this was a really, high energy, exhilarating scene which had children all around the arena on their feet.  I don’t think I was the only one that wished that this segment had lasted a little longer.

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Next up was The Little Mermaid, and the underwater segment. Beautiful and bright, this was a lovely sequence with great skating displays. Ursula is a little frightening for younger members of the audience, but as true love wins through, all’s well that ends well.

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The third segment is probably the weakest. The Tinkerbell story is quite a recent one, and although beautiful, with a truly magical fairy queen glistening whilst hanging suspended in the air, this is a scene that is crying out for something over-sized, cute and cuddly on the ice. There is not so much of a sense of spectacle about this scene, it looks great, but also a little small scale.

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And finally we have a real audience favourite, with Andy off to college and the toys sent to Daycare. Of course I’m talking about Toy Story, and, in particular, the story from Number three. This was just brilliant, Hamm, the Potato Heads and Re and Slinky Dog all thrilled with their antics on the ice. Woody made a fabulous hero and the songs from the movie were used to great effect – getting all the crowd on their feet and clapping along. This was the perfect finale to another wonderful, Disney filled night.

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Disney on Ice World’s of Fantasy is at the LG Arena until Sunday 16th March. Click here for ticket information.

Disney on Ice is returning to Birmingham!

It is the news that has got my five year old very excited, the fabulous Disney on Ice is returning to the Birmingham LG Arena next month with a very special show that see’s the Tinkerbell story making it’s Ice debut.

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The Disney on Ice shows are always a fabulous mix of Disney fairytales, soaring music and incredible dance, true entertainment for the whole family. This season’s show is called ‘Worlds of Fantasy’, and takes elements from three much loved Disney favourites, along with a segment dedicated to one of the newest Disney stories. The story revolves around Mickey Mouse, Minnie and friends taking a road trip that leads them to some of the most iconic Disney locations. You can look forward to visiting Andy’s bedroom and meeting the stars of Toy Story 3, and taking a trip to the wonderful underwater world of The Little Mermaid. Tinkerbell will get her chance to meet Mickey and Minnie in a colourful segment which promises to be suitably magical and sparkling.

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But for my transport-mad little boy, the most exciting segment promises to be when the ‘Cars’ of Radiator Springs take to the ice. Lightning McQueen, Mater and the gang promise to be flying on all pistons when the ‘Cars’ step forward to help Mickey and Minnie, who’s road trip has been knocked off the tracks by car trouble. Who better to help them than the crew, mechanics and racers from the movies ‘Cars’ and ‘Cars 2’. After seeing the images of the cars on the ice, I must admit to having real anticipation about this particular scene.

unnamedDisney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy is touring nationwide in March, and will be in Birmingham at the LG Arena from the 13th – 16th March. It promises to be a spectacular show.

You can find ticket information here.

Check out my review of the last Disney on Ice show here.

Disney on Ice – Let’s Party!

Wednesday saw the premiere night for the latest Disney on Ice Show ‘Let’s Party’, at the Birmingham LG Arena.With my Mickey Mouse crazy son and gorgeous niece in tow, we headed out to the LG Arena to catch the show, and enjoy a very special VIP meeting with the great man and his lovely lady. (I’m talking of Mickey and Minnie of course!)

Disney on Ice shows are always something special, and this one proved to be no exception. The show was a lively mixture of songs and ice dance illustrating all the special celebrations that take place throughout the year, from birthdays, Valentine’s day, holidays and Halloween, right up to a very special celebration of Christmas. There were more Disney Characters than you could dare to name. from the aforementioned Mickey, Minnie and the gang, to all the beautiful Disney Princesses and their respective handsome princes. Also in attendance, more unusually, were a motley group of villainous characters, from the cartoonish Captain Hook, to the downright sinister Jack Skellington.

The show careered through at a frenetic pace, ensuring the young audience never became bored. The hilarious ‘Unbirthday’ sketch involved crashing birthday cakes and the cast of Alice in Wonderland racing around in celebration of Pinocchio’s ‘unbirthday’. The sweet Valentine’s scene proved to be the favourite of my little boy, who just adored Minnie looking for her lost love Mickey, whilst admiring the romance of various Disney heroines, whilst my nine-year old niece was truly impressed with the Halloween sketch, complete with huge cobwebs dropping from the ceiling and Cruella De Ville totally stealing the show.

My own personal favourite sequence was the Christmas scene, if only for the wickedly funny site of a huge pig on skates. With the whole stadium festooned in silver tic-a-tape, twinkling lights and all the characters in exquisite costumes, this was a gorgeous fantasy scene that will stop in the mind for a long time, and proved a wonderful end to what had been a memorable night.