Kids are loving Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic at EnergySolutions Arena.
Salt Lake magazine was at opening night on Nov. 14. The show runs through Nov. 18, and tickets are $16–$50. It's a show where close seats are worth the money, so you can see the intricate costumes, along with the moves from the cast of graceful figure skaters playing classic Disney characters. With no way to move their characters' mouths, the cast relies heavily on body language and hand gesturesurs when speaking. Combine that with figure skating, and a really talented group is absolutely essential.
100 Years of Magic opens with the evening's hosts, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy introducing the show, followed by Donald in a Zamboni. And somehow they find a way to seamlessly transition this scene into one from Aladdin.
It's great that Disney keeps these characters alive and incorporates even some of their earliest creations, like Pinocchio, into the show. But I was really surprised not to see some of the newer characters. Characters from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Brave and Wreck-It Ralph never make it into the show. In fact, the newest addition to the show is The Incredibles, which came out in 2004 (although a new Incredibles movie is in the works, and many of the newest characters do appear in Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream).
This made me wonder if today's 10 year olds would know all of the characters, when they're literally as old as Stitch, who also makes an appearance. If your kids are not well-versed in Disney, you might need to show them a couple of movies after you see the show. Mickey, Minnie and Goofy also take it upon themselves to narrate, which helps.
There's plenty for kids to sing along to: Friend Like Me from Aladdin, I've Got No Strings from Pinocchio and Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.
The costumes during the Finding Nemo portion are incredible, as are the Army Men's getups in the Toy Story portion of the show.
Kids were starting to well up during an emotional scene in the Beauty & the Beast portion of the show, and The Lion King got the biggest reaction from the audience. My favorite portion: Mulan. While much of the show is just about Disney princesses, this portion of the show that appeals to the boys in the crowd during an excellently-choreographed battle between the Huns and Chinese.
But it's not all just movie characters—one portion references a Disneyland ride and another features a certain Disney club.
Some parents will find it cheesy, but luckily there's intermission and EnergySolutions does serve beer. Redeeming qualities for those audience members are the incredible ice dancing and some nostalgia. But remember, this one is for the young… and young at heart.
Buy your kids light-up mouse ears to wear during the show. Stuffed character dolls go for $12 to $24.