We've watched a few productions of “Disney On Ice” over the years, and have come to expect the traditional parade of Princesses and larger than life musical numbers with most of Disney's beloved characters. Last night's performance of “Let's Celebrate” in San Diego, California was no exception — lights, fireworks, and even a little fire are in true Disney-magic form in this show!
“Let's Celebrate” is a high-energy musical on ice and a little departure from the customary Disney stories usually represented; it brings together most of your children's favorite Disney characters to celebrate traditions we all love, but also some from around the world. From Halloween, to a Luau, to Christmas, and even a Brazilian Carnival, made for an incredible evening of joyous music and daring ice skating feats to make any child happy for the entire duration of this hour and 45 minute musical extravaganza.
Photo by B. Valle
The show starts off with a ghostly tone gathering all Disney villains (and getting them out of the way for the rest of the show) in a huge Halloween-themed number complete with floor-to-ceiling, glow-in-the-dark cobwebs led by the unique Jack Skellington. If you've been to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion at this scary time of year, you'll recognize this, and other creepy characters zipping by on ice skates in spine-chilling costumes and make up. If your little one (I'd say the 5 and under set) scares easily, be prepared, especially if you'll be sitting close to the stage. The characters come very close, stop and wave, but may frighten a munchkin or two.
After Cruella and her crony's are done, the Disney fairy tales come alive and enchant audience members of every age (there could have been a tear or two shed by me, or not). Valentine's Day is celebrated with Minnie and Mickey trying to find true love and ask the Disney Princess for advice. You can only imagine the glittery costumes and dream-like dances of this focal number that will fill your family's heart with the warm and fuzzes after watching it…it is a royal delight!
Photo by B. Valle
As the show progresses from one tradition like the Hawaiian Luau — complete with a fire ring burning directly on the ice! — to the final number with Jessie, Buzz and Woody culminating with practically every child's favorite celebration: Christmas, all the lovable Disney personalities join the different parties and show kids that there are a number of different ways to celebrate traditions at home and abroad.
Fire, snow and plenty of sparks fly across the icy stage and make another ice-capade worth every dollar spent on the ticket. I especially liked the modernized versions of the classic Disney songs played loud enough to make you want to get up and dance along. In fact, I saw a few little tikes do just this…along with me!
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