Disney on Ice

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Disney On Ice
Type Subsidiary of Disney Theatrical Group
Founded 1981
Key people Thomas Schumacher, Chairman
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company

Disney on Ice is a series of touring ice shows produced by Feld Entertainment under agreement with The Walt Disney Company. Aimed primarily at children, the shows feature figure skaters dressed as Disney cartoon characters in performances that each derive their music and plot from elements collected from various Disney films and properties; the "stars" of the show are credited as the Disney characters themselves, performing their parts in mock cameos, while the skaters performing remain anonymous. The ice show is hosted by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Chip 'n Dale and Pluto.

The productions began in 1981, under the name Walt Disney's World on Ice. The name was changed to Disney on Ice in 1998. Disney on Ice runs over 8 productions and touring companies at any given time. The shows have played all over the world, including the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia, Australia and Europe. New shows debut and play two legs in North America for two years, and then head on to Japan for a third year, and Australia, England, and other parts of the world for a fourth year. They would usually then come to the U.S. for another year, and then to any other places for a sixth year.[citation needed]

Shows[edit]

Frozen (2014)[edit]

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The following stories and characters are featured in the show:

Rockin' Ever After (2012)[edit]

Opened on September 7, 2012.[2]

The following stories and characters are featured in the show:

Treasure Trove (2011)[edit]

Formerly Disney on Ice Presents: Disneyland Adventure,[3] reopened in 2011 as Treasure Trove.

The following stories are represented in the show:[timeframe?]

Dare to Dream (2011)[edit]

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. The featured stories are: The Princess and the Frog, with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; Dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming; Tangled, with Rapunzel; and Disney princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale.[5][6][7]

The following stories to be represented in the show:

Let's Party! (2009)[edit]

The show opened on September 4, 2009, as Let's Celebrate! (2009). It was later changed to Let's Party![8][9] and is a compilation show billed as "one big colossal party on ice". The show consists of a winter wonderland with Mickey and Minnie, a Halloween haunt with Jack Skellington and several of the Disney Villains, a "Very Merry Unbirthday" with Alice and a royal ball with the Disney Princesses. The show also features Disney's princess Tiana as well as many other festivals from around the world.

Characters from the following films are featured:

Worlds of Fantasy (2008)[edit]

Worlds of Fantasy opened August 21, 2008. The first act of the show features characters from Pixar's film Cars, The Little Mermaid's undersea kingdom, and Pixie Hollow, the world of Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies. The second act features Toy Story 3 and the escape of Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the toys from the Sunnyside Daycare.[10]

This show also includes a first for the Disney on Ice franchise: a one-hour pre-show centered around various Disney Princesses, giving guests the chance to see various Princess' gown and mementos.

The following stories are represented in the show:[11]

Princess Wishes: Princesses and Heroes (2006)[edit]

Princess Wishes performing in Lima, Peru

Opened on September 1, 2006, Princess Wishes shares abbreviated versions of the stories of popular Disney Princesses and heroic characters, including Snow White, The Prince, Belle, The Beast, Jasmine, Aladdin, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Tiana and Prince Naveen with Tinker Bell serves as the presenter of the show, and Mickey Mouse also presents links between segments. The show includes lighting and laser effects, as well as pyrotechnics, with a dragon breathing fire on the ice during the Sleeping Beauty sequence.[12]

The following stories are represented in the show:[timeframe?]

100 Years of Magic (1999)[edit]

Opened on September 3, 1999, 100 Years of Magic, or All Star Parade, has also been known as The Magical World of Disney on Ice. It has been overhauled in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. And characters from Finding Nemo, Lilo & Stitch, and The Incredibles are also featured. Over 65 Disney characters are in this show. The show is choreographed by Sarah Kawahara.[13]

The following stories are represented in the show:

Passport to Adventure[edit]

Passport to Adventure (previously Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey) is the longest-running show on tour after originally opening in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 12, 1995 as World on Ice: 3-D. And then it became Disney Classics. It was updated in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008. The show tells the story of an adventure by Mickey and Minnie that lets them see parts of Under the Sea, Hawaii, Never Land and Africa.

The following stories are represented in the show:[timeframe?]

Former shows[edit]

(List and dates incomplete)

Longest running shows[edit]

  • Passport to Adventure (18 years and counting)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (15 years)
  • Beauty and the Beast (14 years)
  • 100 Years of Magic (14 years and counting)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks Barnes (May 20, 2014). "Frozen Will Be a Disney on Ice Show, Too, Riding a Blockbuster’s Wave". NY Times. 
  2. ^ Dakster Sullivan (September 17, 2012). "Disney Rockin Ever After on Ice". Wired. 
  3. ^ Abigail Webber (15 March 2011). "Disney on Ice - Disneyland Adventure". The Stage. 
  4. ^ Lisa Martland (22 October 2007). "Disneyland Adventure featuring The Incredibles". The Stage. 
  5. ^ "Disney on Ice: Disney on Ice princess show comes to Orlando". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  6. ^ Sarah Probert (25 Oct 2013). [Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/review-disney-ice-dare-dream-6242800 "Review: Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream at Birmingham's NIA"]. "But the most mesmerising and spectacular part of the show was the daredevil aerial routines by the skaters playing Rapunzel and Flynn Rider." 
  7. ^ "Review: Disney on Ice show Dare to Dream - Elaine Blackburne". Gazette Live. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  8. ^ "What's On: Music, Film, & Things To Do in Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  9. ^ Zoe Chamberlain (2013-02-21). "Review: Disney On Ice, Let’s Party, LG Arena". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  10. ^ Ronnie Haydon (21 October 2011). "Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy". The Stage. 
  11. ^ "News, Breaking News and More". The Register Citizen. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  12. ^ Ronnie Haydon (12 March 2012). "Disney on Ice - Princesses and Heroes". The Stage. 
  13. ^ Scott D. Pierce (2012-11-08). "2002 Games choreographer works magic with Mickey, other characters.". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  14. ^ Lisa Martland (25 October 2004). "Disney on Ice - Toy Story 2". The Stage. 
  15. ^ Catherine Usher (Monday 27 October). "Disney on Ice - Finding Nemo". The Stage. 

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