The Pens may be out of town, but Consol Energy Center will still see plenty of ice action in the form of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and a slew of other Disney favorites when “Disney on Ice 100 Years Of Magic” returns to Pittsburgh for the second year with 65 of Disney’s most unforgettable characters from 18 films.
Disney dug deep into the vault to bring back many classic tales like “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and paired them with some new favorites like “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles” in a spectacular performance to delight the youngest and oldest fans – including the boys.
“The show is unique with classics like ‘Pinocchio’ and recent films like ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘The Incredibles,” said Laura Stern, one of the ensemble skaters. “The boys also love the battle scenes from ‘Mulan’ so the show really reaches any age and everyone.”
“Disney on Ice” is a unique show since all the performers and sets are designed for an ice rink. Performers are equipped with fairly elaborate costumes (sometimes housing multiple performers for a big illusion) who skate with perfection. Posing a challenge beyond simply walking with a partner or dancing, performers with “Disney on Ice” must be expert skaters for their own safety. Many skaters like Stern have perfected their performance their entire life. For Stern though, joining the show was accomplishment in her life.
“I love the performance,” said Stern. “I love theater and arts and skating so watching the audience reactions is a great feeling. I had a friend touring with the show a few years ago who loved the experience so I tried out. I thought it was a great thing to do. I loved watching the different Disney films so I’m really excited to be part of the show.”
The “100 Years of Magic” tour is truly a celebration of the Disney legacy, but you won’t see the powerhouse successful film “Frozen” on this tour. Though I’m sure I speak for many when I hope Disney considers adding the film to a full-length performance since it would lend itself so well to the ice.
Much like last year, Stern said the show is very interactive. Performers will have the audience jumping, singing and moving along throughout the night.
“Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic” has nine performances March 5 – 9. Tickets start at just $26.25 and are available wherever Ticketmaster tickets are sold.