Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic is a show produced by Feld Entertainment celebrating 100 year anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. The show features ice skaters performing complicated figure skating routines to the classical Disney films as well as the new ones! Manchester's audiences were extremely lucky as the show came back to the Manchester Arena yet again to spread the magic of Disney.
You knew that Disney On Ice was in town as everywhere you went, there was at least one child dressed as their favorite princess or their hero and even a few villains around.
The show opened with a super high-energy number to a very catchy song (that unfortunately I didn't get the name of) with the whole company drumming away while dancing the extremely slick and sublime choreography while Mickey and Minnie greeted their audience members by giving everyone a big waves and even a few high-fives!
We were then taken back all the way to the early years of Disney with a fantastic performance of "I've got no strings" from 'Pinocchio' and then into the deep ocean with Dory and Nemo going on yet another adventure. As a beautiful red rose in a glass dome made an appearance on the edge of the stage, we knew it was time for 'Beauty and the Beast' with the stunning ice skating duet between Belle and the monstrous and frightening Beast. We then had a little 'skate-off' (I guess that would be the name for it) between all the Disney Princesses with their partners.
Of course because the show was on ice, 'Frozen' had to make an appearance! The only thing I didn't like about this section of the show is that it was the longest. Each movie had around 6 minutes each whereas 'Frozen' had more than 30 minutes and I totally understand why as it is an all time favourite for most audience members however those who maybe don't really like the movie had to sit through it very patiently. Personally, I didn't mind as the choreography for this section was very thrilling and definitely generated a wow-factor making it the Act One finale. The set design with lights worked perfectly for this section and I like how it changed a bit from other sections of the show. The huge mention must go to the costumes designed by Scott Lane as I am still to this day thinking how in the world did Olaf's head come off and how beautiful the costume change in Let it go was!
Anna and Olaf in 'Disney On Ice'
Act Two opened with a smash hit movie; 'Aladdin' where around 25 genie's skated with Aladdin to a catchy popular song "Friend Like Me!" and then moved onto a recent Pixar movie; Toy Story with Woody and Buzz Lightyear going to "infinity and beyond" during an another complex routine but the character that amused the audience the most in this section was Forky... yes, he did! Mulan was another classic movie beautifully performed with lots of grace and energy followed by the Lion King bringing the classics onto ice with a charming duet between Simba and Nala to "Can you feel the love tonight" and the hilarious "Hakuna Matata" by Timon and Pumbaa.
It was then time for the characters to say goodbye as the show came to an end taking the kids back to reality from the magical world they were in for these last 2 hours.
I must mention how insanely talented and passionate the whole cast of this show is as every number was sublime and really did create this magical effect of dragging you into this stunning world of Disney, and they also deserve the biggest shout-out for the amount of blink-of-an-eye costume/suit changes they had throughout the show as the second they came off the ice from doing one section, they came back for another one with a totally different make up design and costume.