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

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 – 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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