Welcome MomMomOnTheGo’s Toronto Correspondence, Fern, who was in the field last night reviewing Disney on Ice Rockin Ever After.
This performance was a totally different experience for me as I took my daughter and left her older brother at home and took her girlfriend and mother with us. They girls were both super excited and all dressed up for the event.
The show begins with about a dozen talented skaters in colourful costumes, rocking it out while the audience took to their seats and prepared themselves for the show’s main stars. Then the scene is set with Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Goofy putting on a sort of talent show, and running through all who entered! We first get to meet Pinocchio, the 2 step sisters from Cinderella, and then the main show begins!
My main worry about this show was that 2 of the the acts were repeats of previous shows we had been to, however they did not disappoint. The Ariel story was changed along with new backgrounds. The entire Little Mermaid segment was very colourful and eye-catching. The opening was to Madonna’s” Vogue”, and then Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s just want to have fun” which I think was more for the mom’s sake, but got everyone in the mood! The highlight of “The Little Mermaid” sequence is Ariel’s transformation to a human, which is enacted with Ariel performing an aerial acrobatics routine. Watching the skater twirl and flip on a rope high above the ice, and then land and skate away was quite an experience. The Ariel skater was by far the best skater of the show doing many great jumps and lifts with her partner.
Next up was Tangled, while not quite as long as the Ariel segment, we were given the ‘Cole’s notes’ run down of the story and of course saw the lanterns light up and head towards the sky! One of the best parts of the Tangled segment, was the horse – Maximus – skating out on the ice! It looked so fluid, like a real horse!
Both girls loved the fireworks caused by Merida’s excellent archery skills and we are all still laughing at her brothers skating while sitting in barrels. I wish the ice show would have included more scenes from Brave, it seemed to jump to its conclusion even though only half the story had been told. While the characters they did have perform were great, I was looking forward to seeing how they would have the bears appear out on the ice. Well, they just didn’t have them at all, which is strange since the bears to me, is a large part of the movie. I found they could have put more time into this for sure.
Gaston, from The Beauty and the Beast, had a wonderful solo act and was one of many talented male skaters that were a part of Rockin’ Ever After. The Beast did scare a few of the younger children in the audience, but it provide some eye-popping production values, all the while combining classic pairs and individual skating routines with great costume detailing.
In summary, if you’re looking for a fun show to take your kids to, Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After is a fun-filled musical ice show that will not disappoint – just remember to put on your dancing shoes, because this ice show features great toe-tapping music that will have you moving the entire time. The true critics for the show was my daughter and her friend. Watching not only their faces, but the excitement with which they followed along during a flag-waving routine during “Tangled,” and a kick line in “Beauty and the Beast,” made this a great night for us!
For more details on tickets and tour schedule please visit the official Disney On Ice Rockin Ever After website.
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