If flowers sprouting from the ground, April showers and little lambs aren’t enough to have you feeling the warmth and joy of spring, then Disney on Ice most definitely will. Sounds like a winter thing, I know; but the colours, dance routines and costumes just couldn’t be springier.
The 2018 Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment tour came to Birmingham's Genting Arena this March. With sparkling energetic performances, flourishes of beautiful set design, and sprinkles of well-timed special effects, the show wowed both children and adults. Even if you’re a parent who’s ‘not into Disney’ (I mean, really?), the ice and figure skating alone will be worth the journey.
In the words of the Fairy Godmother (who wasn’t part of the show, I just like this quote), ‘even miracles take a little time,’ and we couldn't imagine how much time and training went into the making of this miracle production that put sparkles in the eyes of every little girl and boy in the audience that night.
And so we wanted to see, wanted to see ’em dancing! The show had Mickey and Minnie introducing each story giving clues as to which was up next – it was lovely to see the kids’ faces light up once they realised which it was going to be.
First up was Toy Story 3. This one went on just slightly too long for us but each scene was ingeniously presented with human-sized toys surrounded by ginormous furniture. The dance between Barbie and Ken was simply captivating; easily the best routine of the night for us.
It was then onto The Little Mermaid. This one was over-the-top colourful and we loved it! Bubbles fell from the ceiling and crazily-costumed crustaceans, coral and sea creatures emerged throughout.
The third act brought Cars onto the icy arena. They were impressively large and whizzed around in perfect sync with each other, which didn’t look easy to control (you know, from a grownup, how-did-they-do-that perspective).
Finally, the Frozen characters graced the stage. This one really was a treat for the eyes. Snow sprinkled enchantingly onto the set and actors, and the rest of the ensemble was adorned in huge, vibrant flowers that sprung gracefully around the stage. Elsa’s castle was a giant staircase surrounded by icy-looking drapes. The best special effects included Anna being hit with Elsa’s spark of rage, and a frozen Anna.
It was satisfying to hear that the voices were those of the original cast from each film and stuck to the original Disney story lines. The entire show was magical from start to finish.
It must be warned though: the very eye catching merchandise inside the venue is – much like is available to any captive audience – dramatically priced. For larger families it might be a good idea to feed and water any little ones just before the show as we found just two fizzy drinks equaled £7, but show tickets are reasonably priced, and the look on their faces are priceless.