Last night myself and Ron along with our friend Beth and her daughter Meagan traveled to Tampa’s Amalie Arena for Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic. We had ok seats in section 114, on the side just past the ice. Of course, as you enter the venue and walk around the concourse to find your section, there is no lack of souvenir merchandise to taunt your children.
Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic
The show is sponsored by Stoneyfield Yo Kids Organic Yogurt so, it opens with a Disney Magic of Healthy Living segment. Most people were a bit confused, the skater’s costumes looked like something out of High School Musical, one guy even had a basketball, but when the music started it was a song from Teen Beach 2. While the song was more current, the costumes didn’t fit the song.
Next up was the Pinnochio section. The Blue Fairy was beautiful and her skating was magical. I appreciated seeing Jiminey Cricket as well. I’m old and I love the classics so I enjoyed seeing some of my old friends.
The underlying story tying the Disney movies together was that Goofy and Donald Duck wanted to make a movie. Mickey and Minnie encouraged them by telling them that they needed to start with a good story. Between every few acts the four friends would appear and move this story line along.
Marlin, Dory, Nemo, Crush and Squirt entertained the crowds with a very abbreviated version on Finding Nemo. Crush definitely got the biggest cheers. I was hoping he’d break into “Go with the Flow” from Finding Nemo the Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…but he didn’t.
Beauty and the Beast took to the ice next. Belle is Beth’s favorite princess and one of mine too so we thoroughly enjoyed seeing Belle, Beast, Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth and Fifi skate around and re-cap this tale as old as time.
Knowing that it just isn’t possible to feature every Disney movie ever made, the next section was a Disney Princess section including Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ariel and Eric, Snow White and her Prince, Tiana and Prince Naveen as well as Jasmine and Aladdin.
Act one closed out with a Frozen featuring Anna, Elsa, Hans, Kristoff and of course, Olaf! I did not get to see Frozen on Ice when it toured a few years ago so I was very excited to see this section of the show. There are some difficult elements of the movie to try to reproduce in a traveling show. They used pyrotechnics instead of Elsa magically shooting ice out of her hands. Elsa’s ice palace was represented by a staircase and some fabric that hung down from the ceiling giving most of the audience only a silhouette of the queen.
Act two opened with an Aladdin section which started with Aladdin and Abu but quickly transitioned to the Genie and “Never had a Friend Like You.” After that we had Toy Story with Sarge, the Green Army Men, Buzz, Woody and Jessie.
Mulan was up next. This segment was well done and covered the basis of the story of this very heroic woman.
Last but not least, we see The Lion King! Rafiki, Timon and Puumba were awesome! Simba and Nala’s costumes left a bit to be desired. Meagan even said that it wasn’t Simba cause it didn’t look like him (out of the mouths of babes). Costumes aside, this was a great section of the show. It segued right into the finale, which brought 50 characters out on this ice to the song, “Circle of Life”.
We had a lot of fun at Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic. Meagan squealed so much before, during and after the show, I wonder if she has any voice today. Tickets are still available for the Saturday and Sunday shows in Tampa. If you missed it this time visit DisneyonIce.com to see when they will be in your area!