Monday, March 01, 2010
Last Wednesday Feld Family Entertainment treated my family and I to the opening night of the latest Disney on Ice show touring the Bay Area: Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy at San Jose's HP Pavilion. This is the second Disney on Ice show we've watched since last year; the first was Disney on Ice: Princess Classics, and once again, Disney and Feld have set the gold standard for family entertainment. Once again, the skating was amazing, the costumes and sets were beautiful, and the special effects were out of this world -- in a world of fantasy, to be precise!
The Worlds of Fantasy show features stories with some of Disney's most beloved characters: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars, and Tinkerbell. It must be one of their newer shows, since the second half is fully devoted to the tale of Tinkerbell's first adventure in Pixie Hollow, which I hadn't watched before.
The show opens with Mickey and Minnie and Donald and Goofy, driving (or skating) their red jalopy into a World of Fantasy. The jalopy is discovered by the residents of Radiator Springs -- Mater, Sally, Ramon, Flo and McQueen, who skate (or glide) around to a musical number, Rascal Flatts' "Life is a Highway". This was Alfie's and the boys' favorite number, and I have to say the cars were a perfect replica of the ones in the movie, complete with moving eyes. You couldn't even see the people who were driving inside!
Next up was a condensed version of The Little Mermaid, with beautifully costumed undersea creatures dancing along with Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder and Ursula to the fun and familiar tunes of "Under the Sea", "Part of Your World" and "Kiss the Girl". This segment was also done in the Disney on Ice: Princess Classics, and just like in that show, the audience just lapped it up in this one.
The third story featured was The Lion King, and I have to say this was my favorite part. I absolutely loved the costumes -- I have just got to see The Lion King on Broadway!! -- and just like the fish in the Little Mermaid segment, I think the natural grace of the animals are perfectly showcased by the gliding motions of the skaters.
The powerful music of The Lion King made it even more special. Even Alfie, who doesn't usually go for musicals, liked the infectious rhythms of "The Circle of Life", "Be Prepared", "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".
The final story of the night was about Tinkerbell, how she met the fairies of Pixie Hollow and how she eventually saved Spring. This was The Pea's favorite part because she loved the beautiful, delicate pixie costumes. I have to commend the producers, though, for resisting the temptation to go overboard on the girly stuff -- there's actually a lot that boys can relate to this part, with the male pixies in their brown-and-green outfits, the Tinker fairy gadgets, and the chaotic action sequence when the thistles destroy the Pixie Hollow. Nothing was held back for the finale, which featured curtains of flowers falling from the ceiling, flying fairies and huge flowers that bloomed (okay, inflated) right in front of our eyes on the edge of the ice! I really liked that this show had something in it for everyone. It was truly a magical show, and we all went home with pixie dust in our eyes.
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The Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy run at the HP Pavilion has ended, but the show moves to Oakland's ORACLE Arena starting Wednesday, March 3. Details for the Oakland shows are below; if you don't live around here, go to www.disneyonice.com to check out which performances are scheduled for your area. Enjoy the show!
Oakland (ORACLE Arena) Show Dates:
Wednesday, March 3: 7:30pm
Thursday, March 4: 7:30pm
Friday, March 5: 10:30am, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 6: 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Sunday, March 7: 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Disclaimer:My family and I received complimentary tickets to attend this show. Unless clearly stated, the views and opinions expressed here are my own.