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Disney on Ice made it's return to the EnergySolutions Arena on Wednesday night with Passport to Adventure, starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy, who venture around the Disney universe and run into classic characters along the way.
While the show is not as Princess-heavy (Ariel is the only one) as other Disney on Ice shows, making it great for the boys in the audience, it feels a little toned down compared to the other productions.
Parents enjoy the show for the incredible skating (pairs, specifically), and kids love singing and dancing along to the music.
Unfortunately, Lilo and Stitch characters are the most recent the show has to offer, and they first appeared in theaters more than a decade ago. We were wondering why Disney did not capitalize on anything new for this show, like Brave, Monsters Inc. or Cars. Kids at the show were not even alive when all of these characters' were first seen on screen. Of course, the classic characters in the show are recognized by kids today, but still, it would be nice to have one or two from their generation.
The show starts with Mickey and the gang visiting the wilds of Africa to recount the story of The Lion King.
Guests get to see young Simba grow up and accept his role as king. Songs include "I just Can't Wait to Be King," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and "Hakuna Matata." Simba and Nala's costumes were incredible, and the actors skated beautifully with one another. It would be been even better if Nala had at least one line though, and we hoped to see more animals (there are a lot of moneys though).
Next stop, under the sea with The Little Mermaid.
The costumes during The Little Mermaid, are impressive. We particularly enjoyed the way Disney on Ice simulates the jellyfish, and kids all around were excited to see the giant Ursula inflatable. Once again, the couple on the ice, this time Prince Eric and Ariel, are incredible together.
During Lilo and Stitch, you see Stitch arrive on Earth and get adopted by Lilo, who's desperate for a friend. You won't want to miss the "Burning Love" song and dance. We think Lilo might have resonated most with kids at the show we went to, judging by their faces when she reminded everyone "Ohana means family. Family means noone gets left behind."
The entire second acts is Peter Pan. It starts in London, before Peter and the Darling kids fly off to Neverland.
It's cool to see Peter and the Darling kids fly over the ice. Some other highlights are Peter chasing his shadow, Captain Hook and his crew singing "A Pirate's Life," and Peter skating with Tinkerbell.
The attention to detail in the second half is great, too, like skates built into pirate boots and seemingly every Lost Boy from the cartoon found on the ice. Unfortunately, our favorite lost boy is in a totally different version of the story. Rufio! Rufio!
The show is about two hours with a short intermission midway through and will be at EnergySolutions Arena through Nov. 10.
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