Watch: Check out all the behind the scenes action from Disney on Ice at the Echo Arena
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To get your tickets and see your favourite characters glide across the ice at the Echo Arena, head to www.echoarena.com or click here to book. But hurry you only have until Sunday 15th April to go and see it!
We sent our Kate to the ice and behind the scenes to meet the skaters and characters who make the magic come to life, watch as she takes you to makeup, the amazing costume department and more, she even gets to meet Elsa.
Feld Entertainment’s action-packed ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, takes audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations, including Radiator Springs from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Andy’s bedroom for some fun with the Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 gang, the underwater kingdom of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and the wintery landscape of Arendelle from Disney’s Frozen. As told by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, these tales and the wondrous destinations where they take place will leave the arena spellbound. And don’t miss the pre-show party! Disney Fans will get moving and shaking alongside Disney On Ice stars during a new, high-energy Fit To Dance pre-show focused on staying fit by having fun!
“Worlds of Enchantment connects classic and new Disney stories,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “Audiences will be blown away in Radiator Springs when they encounter the unforgettable crew of animated cars, built to scale and live on ice. They will see their all-time favourites like The Little Mermaid and discover world of Arendelle with Frozen.”
“To be the first to introduce the Frozen story live on ice and to be entrusted with the beloved Toy Story characters is incredible, and we are thrilled to bring these heartwarming tales to families across the globe,” says producer Nicole Feld.
“The arena instantly transforms into Arendelle as we bring our audience to the North Mountain. To convey the world of the toys and create the proper toy-to-human scale, we manipulated the size of the props and costumes to make live skaters – and even the audience – seem toy size,” she adds.
The toys are back in town! The first act of Worlds of Enchantment starts by bringing together all the fun, humor and warmth of the beloved Disney•Pixar film Toy Story 3. Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the familiar gang hit the ice for the ultimate Toy Story experience. A completely different creative team put together the lighting, costumes and tailor-made choreography for this high energy segment of the production.
The Toy Story 3 skating was orchestrated by veteran choreographer Cindy Stuart, who worked as associate choreographer on the original Disney On Ice production of Toy Story in 1996. “It’s been so much fun for me to get back with those original characters and for us to add the new characters that they have in the film,” Stuart says. She included diversity and versatility in the production numbers, incorporating tumbling toy hijinks as Buzz, Woody, and Jessie showcase their skills in several high energy routines.
Production Designer Jeremy Railton’s whimsical scenery transforms the arena into an environment that captures the essence of each unique world to follow. Fluorescent coral and clam shell drums embody Ariel’s world in The Little Mermaid.
Emmy Award®-winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara combined dance, athletics, and theatrics to add to the excitement and energy of the show. She applies her versatility to familiar and memorable scenes as Ariel and Prince Eric realize their love and skate a lyrical duet to “Kiss the Girl.” Kawahara says, “I tried to find a signature style of skating and movement for each character.”
Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom’s creative designs add to the feel of fantasy on ice. In The Little Mermaid, Nordstrom used a range of stretch fabrics to create amazing color that flows from one palette to the next; aquas melt into greens, and purples transform into hot corals and reds. “It was all about taking simple and recognizable elements from the movie and translating them into fabric,” says Nordstrom, “I really enjoyed the great challenge of making the Disney characters from the movie come to life.”
The on-ice excitement continues in the second act when an adventurous Mickey Mouse embarks on a journey with Minnie Mouse to uncover each world of fantasy, but the plan goes awry when their cherry red roadster unexpectedly breaks down. Although Donald Duck and Goofy try, it takes the assistance of the coolest cars on the ice to get the pistons firing again. Direct from Radiator Springs, Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally speed into action, zipping and zooming around the frozen highway in an effort to re-energize the roadster.
The life-sized Cars characters were developed by the innovative minds of the prop team led by Feld Entertainment Vice President of Scenic Elements Rick Papineau. Each car took 2,000 man hours to build and is outfitted with custom animatronics including blinking eyes and hydraulic lifts that bounce to the beat of the music. Mater and McQueen even come complete with moving mouths, enabling their dynamic personalities to shine through each time they speak. “The cars are going to be a big surprise because no one will expect them to be so animated, so large or so realistic,” says Papineau.
Audiences will then be whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle to join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they discover true love conquers all. The Academy Award® winning animated film comes to life on ice and is packed full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.