With consideration to the costume design, the performance and chemistry [added] by each figure skater, fluidity of the show itself, the aura, the crowd, etc. — Disney on Ice scores big with judges, and princes and princesses.
Disney on Ice – Act I
- Finding Nemo
- Beauty & The Beast
- The Little Mermaid
- Snow White
- Toy Story
- It’s A Small World
Intermission – approximately 15 minutes
Disney on Ice – Act II
- The Incredibles
- Lion King
Disney on Ice made its way to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for six shows to celebrate 100 years of magic this past weekend. The three day set mostly attracted families with (younger) children but it is clear that Disney on Ice may be enjoyed by all.
Disney has always had this element to it that makes you comfortable with opening up your heart and imagination to happily ever after. The show runs approximately two hours (including one intermission) and takes you on the journey of 18 Disney stories. The Disney Princesses were the clear favorite in terms of ice time and story narration, but this didn’t stop me from feeling like a Prince.
Fall in love with happily ever after on ice
In its most basic form, Disney on Ice is an elegant figure skating performance (in costume!) set to the big ideas and plot points contained in each story. If you have never been to a Disney on Ice performance, it’s an interesting adventure into the expression of the original Disney masterpieces. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were the primary guides for the show and they skated in-and-out of scenes to add commentary. Jiminy Cricket of Pinocchio and Edna “E” Mode of The Incredibles were moving set pieces to their respective scenes, as Mickey and Minnie were to the whole show.
The Best of Disney on Ice at The Nassau Coliseum
Disney is known for delivering perfection and all of the Disney skaters at Nassau Coliseum were perfect but I did have a few favorite moments. Seeing Belle dip in The Beast’s arms (in final Prince form) gives me goose bumps, Mulan is a powerful arrangement of ice skating choreography and you should hear the adults roar in laughter as The Incredibles come out in Act II.
The magnum opus of Disney on Ice is a set piece that does not have a main character and it does not come from a movie. Instead, the best part of the show originated from the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
It’s a small world after all
“A salute to the children of the world, designed by Walt Disney, presents animated figures frolicking in miniature settings of many lands. Visitors are carried past the scenes in small boats. In an adjoining building Pepsi sponsors exhibits by the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Children’s Fund. Above the pavilion rises the 120-foot Tower of the Four Winds, a fanciful creation of coloured shapes that dance and twist in the breeze.” – 1965 Official Guide Book to the New York World’s Fair
To me, this is what Disney is all about: the children of the world. I know many people have reservations about Disney, and I am not saying one is right and one is wrong. Disney teaches children something important (something I think most adults lose somewhere along the way). Disney teaches children to embrace their imagination and keeps the dream alive.