Summer might be around the corner but there’s still plenty of opportunity to stay cool and enjoy an ice show as Disney on Ice proved as it returned to Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday evening hosted by eternal favourites Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy.
Mickey and co's presence may have been there to pacify older members of the audience however, as it soon became apparent that the real pull of this latest ice spectacular are the colorful characters of The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and The Beast and Disney’s latest box-office smash Frozen. Served up in 25 minute segments colorfully choreographed sequences re stage to popular songs and dialogue from the films.
For The Little Mermaid Sebastian the crab is accompanied with a dazzling array of sea life friends including starfish, seahorses, Ariel, Flounder and wicked Ursula the Sea Witch.
Beauty and The Beast revisits the tale of Belle and The Beast while bringing to life the characters Lumiere the candlestick, Cogsworth the clock and good old Mrs Potts the Teapot and her son chip.
Tangled tells the familiar tale of Rapunzel and features a comic ice dance routine with the characters brandishing frying pans to the song I've Got a Dream. This sequence particularly stands out as the skaters portraying Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder really get into their roles while the addition of Maximus the Horse adds a certain comic value to the set.
The real pull of the show has to be Frozen, not only because of the tales wintry setting which lends itself to the ice show format but also for the wonderful performances of the skaters filling the roles of the already iconic Elsa and Ana. The real gasps of amazement from the audience came when both Sven The Reindeer and Olaf the Snowman skated into view.
- A must for Disney fans of all ages Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival is continues at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff until May 3 2015. Tickets available from the Box Office 029 20 22 44 88.
- A version of this review appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment section The Guide on May 1, 2015. Read the e-edition here.
- Andy Howells interview with Disney On Ice skater Sophia Adams.