Disney on Ice – Review – Sheffield Arena
Disney on Ice – Review
Sheffield Arena, December 2016
by Richard Jones
If there is ever a Disney film made for the ice rink then it is Frozen.
For the very few people out there who haven’t seen the heart-warming Academy Award-winning movie, it tells the story of Anna, who embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical but troubled Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded on the isolated North Mountain. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way.
Frozen is not your typical princess-meets-prince love story. It has a nice twist and an amazing soundtrack, including hits such as ‘Let it Go’, ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ and ‘Fixer Upper’.
I’ve been to a fair few Disney On Ice productions with my girls, Isla and Evelyn, over the years. One thing that never changes is the excitement of the little ones who combine to produce an amazing arena constellation made up of whizzing and flashing handheld lights.
“Fog, falling snow, pyrotechnics and a huge inflatable ice monster”
This particular show starts with a fun warm-up in which families can learn the snowman dance, during the ‘Fit to Dance’ pre-show.
Then Disney’s most famous creations – Mickie and Minnie – along with a host of prince and princesses and favourite characters from Toy Story, The Lion King and Finding Nemo, all make an appearance. Finally, it is on to the main event – a trimmed-down version of the most popular animated movie of all time.
Although the sets depicting the kingdom of Arendelle and the North Mountain may seem a bit sparse, the creative lighting, special effects (fog, falling snow, pyrotechnics and a huge inflatable ice monster), sparkling sound and spectacular costumes more than make up for it.
Elsa – portrayed by Canadian ice skate champ Alexe Gilles – and three-time US National skating medalist Taylor Firth as Anna, both deliver crisp and moving central performances. The show is by Feld Entertainment, who as usual get it just right.
“Will melt even the coldest parents’ hearts”
Producer Nicole Feld says: “In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this. While it might seem obvious that Frozen suits the ice well, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.
Whether it be Frozen, or one of its Worlds Of… productions, Disney On Ice never fails to deliver. Seeing your spellbound, smiling daughters singing along as Elsa glides across the ice to the strains of ‘Let It Go’ will melt even the coldest parents’ hearts. Regardless if, like me, you have reluctantly heard the track hundreds of times.
However, as we all know, magic doesn’t come cheap (especially the Disney variety). So prepare to go home a few quid lighter than you arrive. It’s almost impossible not to cave in to the kids’ demands for Frozen-themed memorabilia and refreshments.
Nevertheless, much like Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf’s epic trek, it is all worth it in the end. The look on my little ones’ faces (even nine-year-old Isla feigning disinterest beforehand) watching their all-time favourite movie dazzle on the ice before their very eyes is priceless.