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Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic - Arena Birmingham Review

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Spectacular Family Fun On Ice
Disney favourites Mickey and Minnie, along with Donald and Goofy, glided across the ice at Arena Birmingham this week to celebrate 100 Years of Magic but how does the show compare to previous visits?

Disney on Ice, 100 years of magic, Birmingham, review
Disney on Ice returns to Birmingham


First to dazzle the audience in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Arena Birmingham was Pinocchio. With daring spins, the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy impressed before amnesiac fish Dory, Marlin and Nemo journeyed to find Dory's parents.

Costume designer Scott Lane certainly has a great sense of humour with the eye positioning on the costumes of Dory, a regal blue tang, and Marlin and Nemo, as clownfish.

While song Turtle Rock sees giant sea turtle Crush and his son Squirt getting the audience clapping and dancing.

Disney on Ice, 100 years of magic, Birmingham, review
Vibrant costumes in the spectacular show


Then it's a tale as old as time as Beauty and the Beast roars along in a race to break the evil curse where the terrifying Beast must learn to love Belle and earn her love in return before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose.

There were tears from some of the audience members when Gaston stabs the Beast in the back, but thankfully with the spell broken the Beast is restored back into a handsome prince - phew! No Beasts were hurt in the making of this show.

Choreographers Cindy Stuart and Sarah Kawahara bring to the ice daring lifts, twists, turns and backflips leaving all the princesses in a spin as all the power couples own the ice. Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ariel and Eric, Tiana and Naveen, Jasmine and Aladdin, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider and Snow White and Florian perform energetic jaw-dropping moves.

Disney on Ice, 100 years of magic, Birmingham, review
All the magic of the Disney films but on ice


The end the first act sees the gates opened up in Arendelle for Anna and Elsa's snowy adventure with pyrotechnics and a flurry of snow. In November, Frozen 2 is out at the cinema in the UK with the long-awaited sequel so this was a fabulous reminder that we just can't Let it Go just yet. All that action was all in the first half of the show!

The second Act was even brighter, more colourful and bang up to date as Aladdin brings us a Whole New World with so many of the Genie multiplying before Forky made his debut with Toy Story 4.

The favourite of the night, for the child I went with, was definitely Mulan as she is magically transformed from a bride-to-be to a fearless warrior whilst a giant dragon tours the Arena.

As a lady in front of me held her baby aloft, the final vibrant act of the evening was The Lion King, with hilarious antics with Timon and Pumbaa and a dance fantastic with Simba and Nala for Hakuna Matata.

Disney on Ice never fails to spark our imagination and create a memorable night out for all the family.

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Disney on Ice is on at Arena Birmingham until Sunday and you can get more information at the website here.
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Why? See favourite Disney films spectacularly performed on ice
When: In Birmingham until 20 October and then on tour in UK
Phone: 0844 33 88 222
Where: Arena Birmingham, King Edwards Road, Birmingham, B1 2AA
Cost: From £21
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