Disney on Ice: The Magic Lives On in Brooklyn
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic has returned, revamped to include
a host of new additions. In total, there are 65 characters from 18 different films - enough to satisfy the most insatiable
The year 2001 marked the occasion of Walt Disney's 100th birthday. For this monumental
event, the imagineers at Disney conceived of a spectacular celebration for that year's Disney on Ice show.
"fun for the whole family" is not overstating the experience one bit, for there is truly something to appeal to everyone here.
Fan favorites such as Aladdin, Snow White and Cinderella are here, as well as newcomers The Incredibles and characters from
"Toy Story" and "Tangled." The kid-friendly special effects are marvelous -- dare we say magical? How else can one describe
20 dancing genies, toy soldiers coming to life or an incredible underwater simulation complete with bubbles?
celebration of Disney magic would be complete without a tribute to the timelessness of the Disney dream? "It's a Small World"
is one of the nostalgic numbers, brought to new life with dance skaters representing different countries. "The Mickey Mouse
Club" theme plays in full exuberance to accompany Mickey's marching band. The Main Street Electrical Parade even makes an
appearance, circling the stage with the house lights turned down and sparkling like it was nighttime in Orlando.
the most thrilling aspect of the show are the various re-enactments of treasured scenes from Disney's most beloved films -
"The Lion King," "Mulan" and "Pinocchio," to name just three.
Of course, the familiars are all here. Mickey
and Minnie are on hand throughout most of the show, and Donald and Goofy are along for the ride as well. Bruce, the shark
from "Finding Nemo," shows up in all his bigger-than-life glory, and competes size-wise with Monstro and Shan-Yu for dominance
of the stage. Don't worry, everyone's favorite princesses will be in attendance, as well.
The skaters handle the rigors
of the ice with amazing expertise, as many of the performers are national and former Olympic figure skating competitors. In
the dual roles of Mulan and Jasmine, Natasha Kuchiki demonstrates the skills that won her the bronze in 1991.
The show is in good hands, making Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic Brooklyn tickets a hot buy. Feld Entertainment,
the show's producer, has brought on Emmy award-winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara, whose credits include the opening and
closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2007 film "Blades of Glory." Ms. Kawahara brings a dazzling display
of artistry to the fold.
Feld Entertainment has been one of the leading producers of family entertainment
for over 40 years, producing shows like Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Ice Follies and Monster Jam. 2014
marks their 33rd year of bringing Disney on Ice to the public.
Walt Disney claimed to have created Mickey
Mouse in 1928 on a fateful train ride from New York to California. Though some accounts differ with this one, one thing is
certain: Disney magic has graced the globe ever since.
Since entering into the feature film industry, Walt Disney
Studios have been responsible for a couple of famous firsts in the art of animation. 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
was the first feature-length animated film. Over six decades later, Pixar Studios created the classic Toy Story, which was
the first feature-length computer animated film. The Disney empire spans the entire world now, and will continue to do so
for generations. In this light, Walt Disney's own words put a poignant perspective on the enterprise that sums it all up in
one sentence: "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
will undoubtedly be the year of Walt Disney, as evident by the amount of magic that kicked off in Brooklyn's Barclays Center
in January. If you missed this great event, though, keep an eye out! The magic of Disney is sure to be back for more!