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Disney Princesses Sparkle On Ice
Excitement twinkled through the audience as Tinkerbell glided into Birmingham Arena for Disney on Ice's latest showstopper, Dream Big, bringing with her a sprinkle of fairy dust and magical moves to enchant.
Every girl's dreams were about to come true in the form of ice skating princes and princesses from every magical kingdom in honour of Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday celebrations.
Until October 28, audiences at Arena Birmingham shall go to the ball as well as see a world beyond the palace walls and voyage across the ocean to bring peace and restore the heart of Te Fiti - and they don't even need to go anywhere near the M6.
The pair of six year olds I sat next to at Disney On Ice Dream Big couldn't sit still for the whole show, dancing and clapping. The awe on their faces was contagious. Seeing so many princesses under one roof must have been mindblowing for them and the world-class figure skaters helped transform the characters into the hearts of all, creating magical memories for all ages to dream the unimaginable.
Moana and Maui making their UK Disney debut on the ice
The first act began in Agrabah with street urchin Aladdin, who helped Princess Jasmine embark on an adventure of a lifetime as she discovered a whole new world thanks to a fun-loving genie. The chase sequence in the market was high energy, cleverly choreographed by Cindy Stuart.
Belle is then joined by candelabra Casanova Lumiere as 'Be our Guest' is performed and the cutlery spins around. The director Patricia Vincent then takes us to a tangled tower where Rapunzel makes her escape with Flynn Rider.
Moana and Maui make their debut on the ice, courageously voyaging across the seas to bring peace to the Island of Motunui, (you're welcome).
The fabulous larger than life costumes designed by Ilona Samogyi are extravagant and daring, adding to the incredible journey as Moana discovers her true self.
The second act pumps up the fear factor as Ursula steals Ariel's voice and the fire breathing dragon is slain by Prince Phillip as he battles the evil Maleficent. There is fire on the ice, indoor fireworks and the action never ceases. If anything, the show gains more momentum with each telling.
Robert Little, production designer, certainly doesn't disappoint with Cinderella's carriage followed by a perfect finale of the well-practised Frozen as Elsa and Anna battle it out and let it go in this classic snowy tale. There's laughs from Olaf and lessons to be learned about yellow snow.
Audience favourite Frozen returns as part of the Dream Big show