For various reasons we didn’t get away on a family holiday this summer but thanks to Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure all was not lost! The show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena took us on a magical journey to the plains of Africa, the snowy mountains of Arendelle, deep under the sea and to the rooftops of London as we joined some of our favourite characters in their classic stories. The children were spellbound at they watched Peter Pan take to the skies, dived to the bottom of the ocean with Ariel and laughed hysterically as Goofy tripped over his own feet.
The show began with a warm up by the main characters from Zootopia. Everyone was soon on their feet bouncing around like Officer Judy Hopps and getting in the mood for the main event. The main event started with Mickey, Minnie and the gang introducing a galaxy of dancers from around the globe for a rendition of ‘It’s a Small World’ – a familiar song with anyone who’s been lucky enough to visit Disneyland. I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to do a Highland fling or Cossack dance on ice but the brilliant performers pulled it off with ease.
The breath-taking performances continued with The Lion King. Fans of TV’s Dancing on Ice will be familiar with the jaw dropping head banger move and I can confirm that watching it live on stage is amazing. The dancers performing as Simba and Nala were exceptional and combined amazing tricks with real grace and perfect story telling. The arrival of Timon and Pumbaa led to lots of laughs and the kids were delighted to see their favourite characters so cleverly brought to life. Then it was the turn of the swashbuckling Lost Boys and Peter Pan to take over the arena. With lots of flying, a pirate galleon and a giant inflatable crocodile the dancers managed to tell the story in super quick time without losing any of the magic.
After the interval we dived under the sea with Ariel – the air was filled with bubbles and a shoal of dancing fish and sea creatures before a giant Ursula was defeated (and deflated!) by the brave prince. The imagination used to bring this story out of the water and onto the ice was amazing – the costumes and dance moves made the whole thing totally believable to everyone in the audience.
Then it was the showstopping finale. For those preparing themselves for the new Frozen short film due out in November, there was a rerun of some of last year’s magical adventure with Elsa, Anna, Hans and Olaf. Fancy footwork, some modern classic tunes and enough special effects to melt the hardest of frozen hearts. The whole audience was singing along and Henry, 5, was in tears (of joy) at the end!
I have never been able to master ice skating so watching the characters take to the stage was so impressive. How they managed to move, let alone gracefully, and perform tricks in their lifelike costumes was amazing. As you would expect with Disney, the attention to detail was second to none and it was obvious that for the smallest audience members the heroes of the big screen had really come to life in front of their very eyes.
As ever Disney on Ice did not disappoint and this year’s Passport to Adventure really did whisk us off to some magical lands to meet a brilliant mix of our favourite characters. A fantastic, family friendly night out with something for children of all ages – whether you’re three or 93 you need to catch this show before it moves on to its next adventurous destination. For tickets visit http://www.disneyonice.com