It may have been foggy and raining outside but it didn’t take long for the magic of Disney to transport us away on the opening night of Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena.
This was my son’s first Disney on Ice and with his heroes Woody and Buzz Lightyear taking to the ice it was bound to be hit. Add Lightening McQueen and the crew from Cars, Ariel, the Little Mermaid and the cast of Frozen and we were all in seventh heaven.
The show, compered by Mickey and Minnie Mouse with Goofy and Donald Duck, opened with Toy Story. Somehow the cast and crew managed to pack the whole of Toy Story 3 into 45 minutes – a fantastic achievement which was truly spectacular from start to finish. We were then plunged under the sea with the catchiest songs and some amazing dancing from The Little Mermaid, then after we’d caught out breath in the interval, we were straight back into the action with the cast of Cars helping Mickey and Minnie get their vehicle back on the road. Seeing full size cars whizzing around on the ice was truly magical and there is now no doubt in my children’s mind that Mater, Lightening McQueen and Sally are real.
The best was left ‘til last with a Frozen finale. (I’ve never seen so many little Elsa and Annas in one place in my life!) The audience lifted the roof singing along to the modern classics and cheering their heroines on. The dancing was breath-taking and the staging was clever – giving just enough of a nod to the film to set the scene without delaying the action with cumbersome set changes. And of course Elsa made it snow inside in October – that’s the magic of Disney!
Bright lights, fireworks, fancy footwork, classic songs and family favourites live on stage – I challenge anyone, young or old, not to be enchanted by this latest Disney on Ice extravaganza. Tickets are still on sale for the show in Newcastle (which is here until Sunday (Oct 11), and it will then be moving to Manchester. Earn yourself some serious Brownie points and grab some tickets while you can!