Disney On Ice has been a huge hit with South African audiences for years now so it’s no surprise that this year, Disney brought their Worlds Of Enchantment show to Mzansi. The show is a must-watch for both kids and adults alike but unlike previous shows, this year’s spectacular focuses mainly on the Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid and Frozen stories with a short Cars feature.
Firstly, it’s important to know that this isn’t some mimic. Disney has spent a lot of time and money on the show making sure it is of international quality. Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy started the show off in style and kids around the venue were instantly in awe. The costumes are astounding. Each and every character looks so real and one almost forgets that these guys are skating. The skaters are mad talented. There are some really tricky costumes but the cast manoeuvre them with ease. My favourite was Slinky Dog from Toy Story.
Speaking of Toy Story, the production kicks off with a retelling of Toy Story 3. They got many things right from Woody and Ken’s plastic hair, the evil bear Lotso and even the plastic army men. I did, however, think that this part of the show dragged on. I found myself getting bored. The next act was a retelling of The Little Mermaid. This was everything. Everything from Ariel to Sebastian and Ursula was done perfectly. It was much shorter than the Toy Story act and definitely had the crowd on their toes.
There was then a short interval where one could restock on food and drink or grab themselves some Disney merch. The merch was incredibly expensive, so be prepared for that. That being said, this is a Disney show and it is a premium brand so it was to be expected.
The second half of the show kicked off with a short Cars segment. This was a phenomenal part of the show. There were no actors, just remote-controlled cars which looked identical to the ones in the films. The story was cute and was definitely a great piece to add to the show. This included a whole bunch of fireworks as well which really got the kids’ attention.
The show ended off with a long retelling of Frozen. This is the Disney kids of today know so you can just imagine how crazy the crowd went. I thought this part was done incredibly well. Again, the costumes blew me away and the special effects used really elevated the performance. I LOVED looking around the venue when Queen Elsa was singing Let It Go. The kids went nuts and it’s the exact reason why your kids need to see the show.
I must be honest, this wasn’t my favourite Disney On Ice production but that being said, it’s still phenomenal. Kids (and the adults they come with) will really enjoy the show and will be something they will be talking about for a long time to come.
The show is on until Sunday the third of July in Johannesburg and from the 6th to the 10th of July in Cape Town. Tickets are between R100 and R475 and are available from Computicket. Want a sneak peek of the show? Watch this video:
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