Disney on Ice is a gloriously colourful and entertaining journey through Disneyland, starting with the Main Street Parade where we encounter Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy Duck, Pluto and Goofy. These classic characters are fused with the more contemporary Pixar characters - Buzz Lightyear descends from the sky in spectacular style, joined by Woody and Jessie, and the family of Incredibles provide dazzle and humour.
The plot device that strings together an energetic variety of scenes concerns evil Malificence, who kidnaps Donald and Minnie. With the help of the superheroes, Mickey and friends have to rescue them from an enchanted sleep. On their journey, they visit the jungle with its crew of dancing monkeys and an appearance by Baloo, the dashing Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice and the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and perennial favourite, Small World.
Scott Lane’s costumes are lavish and imaginatively conceived, and John Arnone’s design makes clever use of the ice, with trains, boats and princesses’ carriages floating elegantly across the space. On the night, the skating had a few minor blips but these went almost unnoticed as the audience was entranced by the spectacle of the beautifully choreographed set-pieces.
The story is delivered in bite-sized chunks so that the young audience is captivated. The characters are all appealing, but the stand-out appearances are those of Donald Duck, whose dialogue is unfailingly hilarious, and the slightly tongue-in-cheek Incredibles (skated by Jan Vesely and Dora Vikar), who provide amusement for parents as well. There is plenty to enjoy in this engaging entertainment for all.