Disney on Ice ~ Arena Birmingham

Star rating *****

Disney is one of my families absolute passions, we are all nuts about Mickey and Minnie Mouse, couldn’t wait for Toy Story 4 to be released earlier this year and our home is filled to the brim with Disneyana. Disney on Ice remains one of our top highlights of the year, it’s always a must-see and this autumn’s magical spectacular at Arena Birmingham has proved to be no exception. Celebrating 100 years of magic in wondrous style.

As usual, Mickey and Minnie were at the helm, together with Goofy and Donald they led a packed and excitable arena through every glorious setting and Disney movie. There were short excerpts and longer pieces which gave a good all-round showcase of the classic and more modern day films.

Forky’s brilliant performance in the Toy Story section was our son’s favourite. If I had to choose I would pick out the beautiful dances performed by the various Princes and Princesses. My husband loved the Aladdin scene where the ever-effervescent Genie took the lead and multiplied!

All of the dancers are magnificent skaters and it can be no mean feat to skate and perform in some of those costumes. The attention to detail is always on point and the fact that these popular characters are gracing the ice for all their fans, be they kids or big kids is the most wonderful sight.

Disney on Ice is a fabulous pre-Christmas treat for all the family so get your tickets now and enjoy the magic: Disney on Ice Tickets

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham

As a family we are self-confessed Disney-holics – we’ve been fortunate enough to attend a number of Disney On Ice productions as well as having travelled to Disneyland Paris for holidays on a few occasions. The Disney magic never waivers for us and this particular incarnation of the spectacular ice show featuring our favourite Mouse was exceptional – maybe my favourite to date.

All of my best loved Disney films were included as we were taken on a journey of mystery and wonder to seek out hidden treasures with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Who better to go on an adventure with? The added treat is that every character who appears through the majestic red curtains are on ice skates and performing the most stunning moves and tricks across the pure white glittery surface.

The quality of the costumes for this first class display is quite indescribable – the attention to detail for each character brings them to life, it’s glorious viewing for young audience members and the big kids also get just as much entertainment and delight from the show. With popular hits (from the various movies we were treated to) accompanying the splendour and a packed arena singing along, it couldn’t have been a more joyful experience and what a wonderful window into Walt Disney’s imagination.

The films were recreated on ice through beautiful and precise choreography and spellbinding movement as well as nail-biting headbangers and other amazing spins, turns and jumps. We saw The Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin (one of my personal favourites, look out for the elephant!), Tangled, Toy Story, Frozen and if you could have seen the Disney Princes and Princesses all in one glorious scene – if you’re a Disney fan you couldn’t fail to be moved and over-awed. There was a lovely surprise in the form of excerpts from the Finding Dory movie too which was transfixing in the extreme.

You’re never too old for Disney and definitely never too old for Disney On Ice, book your tickets now and enjoy a magical experience you’ll never forget:www.disneyonice.com

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment ~ Genting Arena, Birmingham

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment is touring the UK, get your tickets here: Disney On Ice

Star rating: ******

Disney on Ice is a splendour not easily forgotten, even at my age I still find not much rivals the feeling of seeing Mickey Mouse in person! So, Mickey Mouse on ice skates is something different altogether, in the most glorious way possible. Add his friends; Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy to the mix and the arena was definitely packed full of happy patrons.

The Worlds of Enchantment show takes the audience on a journey through four different and popular Disney films and all with the added magic that our favourite characters are on ice skates and pulling off some pretty marvellous tricks to boot. Toy Story was up first, and the third film in the franchise was used as the basis, with Ken and Barbie’s love story at the heart of it. I was amazed by the costumes worn by the performers who skated as Ham the Pig and Slinky Dog, no mean feat to manage that on skates. It was a real treat to be transported back to the fun and poignancy of the film.

The Little Mermaid followed and we were immersed in the underwater world which Ariel and her friends inhabit. Scary villain Ursula was also on hand to cause mayhem and that can’t have been an easy costume to wear on the ice, either. We enjoyed singing along to the well known songs and watching the classic tale being recreated by talented skaters at the top of their game.

Cars was an incredible film to watch on the ice, Mater was there to take us through the story and Lightning McQueen’s appearance delighted my young plus one. It was an entirely different experience to see the cars on ice as opposed to the performers and it worked superbly.

Frozen is the best way to round off an evening jam-packed with Disney magic, the scenery accompanying this spectacle is phenomenal and the performers skating as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff paid a great resemblance to the characters. Let It Go has lost none of its appeal and there was no better song to punctuate the stunning scenery changes in the excerpt. A wonderful finale which captivated all of us in our little party and those around us too.

You don’t have to be a big Disney fan to go along and see this exceptional production, watching the films portrayed this way is like no experience you’ll find anywhere else. Enjoy!

Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment ~ PREVIEW

Tonight the Entertainment Views family are off to the Genting Arena in Birmingham to see Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment! We are Disney nuts so we can’t wait to see the show and from our past visits we already know we will be in for a magical treat.

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“Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive into adventure with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s enchanted undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure ever! Plus, enter the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen, as they learn that true love comes from within. What’s more, don’t miss the chance to warm up at the Fit to Dance pre-show party!

From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favourite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.”

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If all that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s a Fit to Dance education programme associated with the show, so before you sit down to enjoy the best of Disney performed before your very eyes – you and your family can get up and get pumped ready to cheer on all of your favourite characters!

Find out more about Fit To Dance, here: Disney On Ice Fit To Dance

Book your ticket for Disney On Ice tour, here: Disney On Ice Tickets

Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure ~ Arena Birmingham

Disney On Ice is on UK tour with Passport to Adventure – click here for tour dates and to book tickets: Disney On Ice

Star rating: *****

Disney is a firm favourite in our household and having been to Disneyland Paris this year (third time for my husband and I, first time for our three year old son) Disney on Ice seemed like the ideal outing to keep the magic going until we can return to the place that our boy can’t stop talking about!

What the Passport to Adventure show brings you is four different films brought to life by incredible ice dancers in character costumes. Providing the ‘narration’ are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and a hapless Goofy who delighted our child with his antics. It’s a non-stop cornucopia of Disney hits and scenes played out in the most extraordinary style.

The shows we were treated to included: The Lion King, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. We were also joined by Judy Hops and Nick Fox from Zootropolis, before the main event – they were getting us all on our feet in a Fit to Dance session. Which is a brilliant idea and was embraced by all in the arena.

The Lion King featured some exceptional skating, with jumps, tricks and one skater in a Pumba costume – no mean feat! Peter Pan included flying in their section, naturally, as well as another member of the cast in a cumbersome outfit – dressed as Nanna the Dog. The Little Mermaid showcased superb ensemble dances with ‘Under The Sea’ being a particular favourite, plus there was a giant Ursula taking up the rink as she glided out in a clever move. Frozen remains as popular as ever, and what better show to perform on the ice than Frozen? It’s where Olaf belongs isn’t it? Even if he is still singing about ‘Summer’! Of all the tales told, I felt that the setting, scenery and stunning performances provided us with the perfect finale.

We can’t wait to return to Disney on Ice, next year and see what Mickey Mouse and his friends have in store for us. It’s such a fantastic family fun event and one of the highlights of our year.

Disney On Ice ~ Genting Arena, Birmingham

*** Birmingham Genting Arena until Sunday 10 April and touring – the tour finishes on 1 May in Glasgow ***

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy all arrived in Birmingham last Wednesday night and they brought their ice skates with them! Disney on Ice was back to rock the Genting Arena in Birmingham and give Disney fans of all ages a glimpse of their cartoon heroes on ice skates.

After a spectacular opening featuring characters from the Disney park ride A Small World, Mickey Mouse and friends were on hand to introduce the show to the great delight of the young patrons in the audience. The Lion King was the first film we were treated to and there were some beautiful interactions between Simba and Nala as well as comedy from Pumba and Timon. The cast of performers are exceptionally talented as they twist and turn to perfection on the ice with spot on characterisation, too.

Before the interval, Peter Pan took us on a journey to Neverland which included a glorious pirate ship steered by the dastardly Captain Hook and an inspired version of the crocodile in hot pursuit. This was the first time I had seen Peter Pan performed as part of Disney on Ice and it worked brilliantly.

The Little Mermaid was a firm favourite, with the crowd singing and clapping along to Under the Sea and some excited reactions to the appearance of Sebastian the crab. Ursula was resplendent as she arrived to stir up trouble and that cannot have been an easy costume to have skated in. The audience choice was most definitely Frozen, despite a couple of mishaps, the trip to Arendelle provoked whoops of joy from most of the little girls in the arena, many of whom were dressed as either Anna or Elsa.

Overall, a smasher of a show from the Disney on Ice team and I can’t wait for the next visit!

Information and tickets can be found by following this link: http://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/silver-anniversary-celebration

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION COMES TO THE UK

Skating spectacular takes audiences to four far-away lands in one action-packed ice adventure Tickets for the UK tour go on sale 20th November
Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they commemorate 25 years of Disney On Ice across Europe in an action-packed ice adventure that travels to four magical destinations!

Disney On Ice presents Silver Anniversary Celebration will take audiences on a fun-filled tour, visiting seven cities across the UK from 16th March to 15th May. Tickets go on sale on the 20th November at http://www.disneyonice.co.uk.  Disney On Ice invites you to embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favourite Disney characters. Join tour guides Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck as they visit the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. You’ll also be whisked away to the wintery wonderland of the number one animated feature film of all-time, Disney’s Frozen.  Told through an international team of award-winning skaters, breathtaking choreography and a musical score filled with familiar Disney hits and rockand-roll classics, the whole family is sure to experience a captivating journey to far-away lands without ever leaving their seats!
The arena will be filled with music and magic in every scene as you discover four unique landscapes filled with boisterous pirates, Caribbean beats and loving moments. Audiences will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom; and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to join Tinker Bell and the lost boys.  If that wasn’t enough, you’ll then travel to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with royal sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite huggable snowman, Olaf.

“It’s an extraordinary show and a family vacation all rolled into one incredible night,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “You really get a sense you are traveling right alongside Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends. We can’t wait for the UK audience to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Disney On Ice with us! ”

Visit http://www.disneyonice.co.uk for details and to book tickets!

Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment ~ Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

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The joy of Worlds of Enchantment which is the latest tour from Disney on Ice, is that it takes four incredible Disney films and explores them in depth. The popular stories are performed by highly skilled ice skaters, (some of whom have exceedingly large costumes to contend with) all of whom bring Disney magic to life, beautifully.

Toy Story 3 opens the show where an abridged version of the film unfolded before our eyes. Spectacular moves were displayed by Buzz Lightyear and Woody and a cornucopia of impressive costumes were featured. It can’t have been an easy feat to skate as Ham the piggy bank, Lotso Huggin’ Bear and Slinky Dog – an amazing sight to behold. The pair work from Barbie and Ken was a highlight and it made a change to see new characters on the ice.

The Little Mermaid, followed with Sebastian taking us on the journey under the sea. Popular songs from the film moved it along as the talented company provided the effects of the setting and Ariel’s desire to live above the sea was explored. The piece de resistance was undoubtedly, Ursula, scarily life-like, the villain dominated the ice in her plight to bring about Ariel’s downfall.

In act two we are transported to Radiator Springs courtesy of Mater and co. and Arundel with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Resplendent on the ice, the sisters and their snowman friend provide the ultimate finale.

The sets and backdrops used throughout the show are magnificent and truly are reminiscent of all of the Disney animations represented. The transitions were fluid and the scenery appears to glide as smoothly and effortlessly as the dancer themselves.

Compered by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, Worlds of Enchantment is fun for all the family and definitely pitched at all age groups. If you choose to go and join the gang, you’re in for a treat! Tickets can be booked here: http://www.disney.co.uk/disney-on-ice/worlds-of-enchantment/

Disney on Ice – NIA, Birmingham

Reviewed by Helen and Garry McWilliams

Celebrating 100 years of Disney magic was the aim of this spectacular show at Birmingham’s NIA Arena, and to say it was done ‘in style’ is an understatement.

Surpassing themselves, in our opinion – the talented and fearless team of skaters worked wonders as they conjured up sweet memories of Disney films gone by. Starting with Aladdin, was an ingenious (pardon the pun) idea and tribute, and we were blown away by the acrobatic skills of ‘Aladdin’ and the main ‘Genie’ (for there were several genies!) it was simply amazing. Equally, Beauty and the Beast provided an opportunity for more demonstrations of intricate footwork, seamless moves and a breath-taking backdrop. It must be no mean feat to perform so marvellously dressed as the Beast or indeed a candlestick!

Its A Small World was inspired, as huge Disneyland Paris fans it resurrected memories of a fantastic ride, capturing all of the magical innocence of the experience. The scenery that was ‘shifted’ with the performers was barely noticeable as every transition occurred so smoothly. We hope that there are more links to the Disney parks in future shows as this element definitely enhanced the first act.

Toy Story was our personal favourite, which featured skaters who mimicked the characters exceedingly well and gave some of the best all round performances. There were some stunning special effects used throughout, notably during the Pinocchio scene and some of the more ‘obscure’ Disney films were showcased, which was the icing on the cake.

With appearances from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and so many sing along moments, this is a must see show. Tickets can be booked by following this link http://www.feldentertainment.com/Shows/DisneyOnIce/

Have a Disney kinda day, everyone!

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