Earlier this week we took the girls to see Disney On Ice: Let’s Party! on opening night at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. I’ve got tons of pictures to share with you, but this was my favourite of the entire evening. This is the face of enchantment.
Not surprisingly, Disney On Ice: Let’s Party! was all about parties. The first half was focused on the usual Disney characters. The opening sequence featured all our favourites from Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and The Jungle Book. Of course Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck were ready to party too!
First, the Mad Hatter threw an unbirthday party with Alice, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and the White Rabbit. I still remember every word of “The Unbirthday Song”, and I’ll freely admit I sang along under my breath.
While cleaning up after the party, Goofy finds a familiar-looking sorcerer’s cape and hat that mysteriously turn out to fit Mickey perfectly. Enter the brooms! I really enjoyed their synchronized skating under the black light. The costume designers did a fantastic job of turning ice skaters into animated brooms. Clips from the classic Sorcerer’s Apprentice played on the large screen behind the skaters.
Next up was a Halloween party hosted by Jack Skellington. One by one, Disney villains showed up and sang “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This was my favourite part. Guest villains included Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar from Aladdin, Maleficent, and the Evil Queen from Snow White.
I wish Ursula had been able to make the party, but I still really enjoyed this number. What can I say? I’ve always had a soft spot for the misunderstood bad guy. Even though he fell once, the skater playing Jack did a great job of translating the Pumpkin King’s style and movement onto the ice.
Then Mickey came by trick or treating, and he was suddenly the victim of peer pressure to take just one bite from the Evil Queen’s red apple. Luckily he took the audience’s shouted advice and declined. The disappointed villains began chasing after Mickey, but Mickey’s friends showed up in sheets and scared them all away.
Once the ice was safe again, Minnie started to wonder how she would know if she had found love. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother appeared and took Minnie to the Valentine’s Day Ball where Jasmine and Aladdin skated to “A Whole New World”, and Beauty and the Beast danced to their own theme song. Cinderella and Prince Charming, Mulan and Captain Li Shang, Ariel and Eric, and Tiana and Naveen all showed up for some lovely pairs skating and lots of dramatic lifts and holds that had the audience oohing and aahing. Finally, Minnie and Mickey paired up to the strains of “That’s How You Know” from Disney’s Enchanted.
The second half of the show had more of a international flavour, first dropping in on Lilo and Stitch at a luau in Hawaii. Tee was pretty impressed with the fire circle on the ice! Next up was Carnival in Brazil, then a pink fan dance featuring Minnie at a cherry blossom Sakura Festival in Japan. The audience cheered when the traditional Dragon Dancers came out for the Chinese New Year celebration.
For the Christmas party finale, the Toy Story characters skated out to join Mickey, Santa Goofy, and the rest of the gang. The indoor snow was a really “cool” way to finish off the show!
Kay said her favourite part was seeing Minnie (of course!) and Goofy. Tee loved the “ice dancing” and just had to practice skating in her sock feet on our hardwood floors as soon as we got home. She can’t wait to go ice skating for real this winter! Disney On Ice definitely did not disappoint, and if you have the opportunity, I recommend you check it out!
Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Party! will be playing at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE until November 30, 2014. Ticket prices range from $25-$85, and kids’ tickets are available for only $15 each for select seating and performances.
Buy your tickets at TicketLeader, charge by phone at 604-757-0345, or buy at the venue Box Office.
Disclosure: I received media tickets for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.