Show the kids you’re just as magical as their favourite animated friends with these gems of Disney on Ice wisdom
Disney's new skate spectacular features Rapunzel from the 2010 film Tangled, Snow White from way back in 1937, and a lots more characters in between. Before you rug up for the rink, check out these lesser-known Disney on Ice facts which are sure to impress your little Peter Pan or Princess Jasmine.
It’s impossible to tell which direction the ‘cards’ from Alice in Wonderland are skating
On ice, the Queen of Hearts' guards don't lumber like they do in the 1951 film – they glide. Their double-sided faces and bodies make it impossible to decipher which way they're skating, which is largely a feat of costume design. "It's really beautiful to watch," says wardrobe manager Katrina Cahalan-Wilhite. “There are also teacup rides on the ice: they actually bring some kids out from the audience to be a part of it!”
Kids react differently to the show around the world
Treasure Trove came to Manila not long after the region's devastating floods. The cast were taken aback when, after the show, they were met by a huge number of children lining up to meet their Disney idols. “Disney teaches kids to hope and to believe that their dreams can come true,” says ensemble skater Yolande Lombaard. “And in Japan, every kid in the audience dresses up – they were all wearing amazing costumes! I’d never seen that before.”
The show’s 300 costumes require constant maintenance
“I’m always fixing costumes,” says Cahalan-Wilhite. “The performers aren’t just wearing them – they’re doing amazing flips, twists and dance moves.” Lombaard’s fish costume, for (you guessed it) ‘Under the Sea’ is one of the skater's favourites. “We use UV lights so that in the song, you really do feel like you’re in the ocean.”
There's also more bling on stage than at a rap show. To get that Disney on Ice sparkle, Cahalan-Wilhite makes a "magical guess" that in total, there are over 200,000 Swarovski crystals hand-placed on the costumes.
The Lion King props are the bulkiest to transport
Two words: Pride Rock. Initially, the organisers weren’t sure whether it was possible to bring the majestic lion podium to life. But they succeeded, and the rock stands on the ice at 15 feet high. For Lombaard, who grew up in South Africa, the film holds a special place in her heart. “It was the first Disney movie I saw, and I still cry every time Mufasa dies.”
Parents: don't think you're getting out of this one tear-free. Reimagined on ice, the stories you once loved hold just as much power over you today. That's just the Circle of Life, and it rules us all.
Anything is possible! Disney favourites we’d like to see on ice:
All 101 Dalmatians
Once the real-life puppies finish sliding around the arena, they’ll naturally need cuddles from audience members.
A (real) giant peach
Everyone gets a slice at interval – with cream, of course.
Theme Song Guy from the Emperor’s New Groove
Because every character deserves to have Tom Jones crooning his or her own personal melody.
Elsa’s ice-castle from Frozen
What’s that – Frozen has just been announced as the next Disney on Ice show? Dreams really do come true.