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Review: Disney On Ice

Author: Luqman Ahmed Updated: 13:30 25-07-2017

When you toss the art of ice-skating and the magic of Disney into one nifty package, what are you left with? A show-stopping extravaganza that is Disney on Ice – where iconic Disney characters including: Aladdin, Simba, Elsa, Snow White, Rapunzel and more take to the ice; enthralling thousands of children (and parents) alike.

The global phenomenon made its triumphant (and sixth) return to South Africa recently; and iafrica.com was on hand to witness the magic (and majesty) of the Mouse House's Cape Town performance at the Grand Arena, GrandWest.

Disney staples Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy kicked off the wintry wonderland by taking a trip down memory lane.

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Of course, memory lane refers to the Mouse House's animated catalogue of films. Ice skaters dressed as various Disney characters frolicked around the smooth icy floor re-enacting scenes from eight classics including: The Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Toy Story, Finding Dory and of course – the billion-dollar smash, Frozen.

Each segment featured iconic scenes and songs from the illustrious classics that had mesmerised children belting out the words, while parents nostalgically reminisced the earlier films of their Disney childhood.

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With eye-catching sets, stage lightning, splashy effects and of course some impressive choreography from the skaters; Disney not only knows how to make entertaining films, but are exceedingly gifted in crafting crowd-pleasing ice shows as well.

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Honestly; I found myself unable to stop belting out the infectious Let It Go number from Frozen for two whole days – and the audience couldn't agree more. Loud cheers filled the arena as the Oscar-winning song made its grand entrance; along with snow floating down from the ceiling.

However, I do feel the skaters could've taken their skills to the next level. But since the production is aimed squarely at kids, it's arguably understandable why a lot had to be held back.

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The only letdowns were the absenteeism of Beauty and the Beast (the first animated film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination) and Cinderella – who both failed to garner their very own segments. While the two iconic princesses eventually showed up; their glorious auras were only witnessed during the swift medley, featuring a massive line-up of as many Disney characters the production company could muster.

Overall; children will indulge in the magic, while the production has enough nostalgia to keep parents glued in as well.

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Published: 11:15 25-07-2017

Posted by on July 25, 2017.

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