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Review: Disney on Ice at AO Arena, Manchester

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 04/11/2021 Kate Fielder

As we entered the AO Arena, we navigated a sea of excited mini Disney Princesses and Marvel characters, the majority waving flashing wands frantically.

The atmosphere was building. And rightly so, for Disney on Ice is back in town.

Find Your Hero is the latest offering from the entertainment giants, bringing some of our favourite Disney characters and stories to life with graceful figure skaters and a super talented production team.

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My accompanying mini Disney Princesses stared at the illuminated rink in anticipation as the show opened to rapturous applause.

A crowd of elegant dancers introduced a larger than life Mickey and Minnie, shortly afterwards icons Donald Duck and Goofy had joined the Disney monarchy and were skating around the rink waving to the excited families in the crowd.

By this point the children (and parents) are almost bursting with excitement - there was dancing, singing, and small children jumping up and down.

Next it was Sebastian and Ariel’s time to shine from The Little Mermaid, and they entertained the crowds with those feel good songs we all know and love.

We join Ariel on her quest to follow her heart and overcome the nasty Ursula.

Underwater enchantement at Disney on Ice © Disney on Ice Underwater enchantement at Disney on Ice

The underwater backdrop and the backing skaters in their wonderful costumes, and lovable Flounder all combined to ensure that Disney magic was obvious for all to see, in the perfectly presented snippet of the classic mermaid tale.

Highlights from Moana, Tangled, and then the amazing Beauty and the Beast follow, featuring characters Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and Chip - it’s visually stimulating seeing the stories unfold on the rink, while the mystical but familiar characters dance and sing, taking me straight back to my childhood.

The audience of all ages seem to be hooked throughout, and spirits are high. The clever use of pyrotechnics keeps the show exciting and even cause a few jumpy moments.

Disney on Ice is back at the AO Arena © Disney on Ice Disney on Ice is back at the AO Arena

The lighting perfectly synchronises with the characters and their moves to keep the stage show exciting throughout, and the magnificent costumes are out of this world- we even see an ice skating horse!

But the showstopper, unsurprisingly, has to be Frozen, Disney's megahit of recent years.

We are transported to the enchanted land of Arendelle to watch the drama unfold between ice queen Elsa and Anna, and we are even treated to a snow storm before their sisterly love saves the day, it’s the perfect way to bring the entertainment extravaganza to an end.

Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast at Disney on Ice © Disney on Ice Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast at Disney on Ice

This is a feel-good family show, featuring songs that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and will have little ones beaming from ear to ear.

And as for us adults, it’s difficult to sit back and just observe, it’s almost compulsory to dance in your seat and sing along. It’s what Disney does best, after all.

Useful information if you're heading to the show...

The Disney on Ice show runs for approximately 2 hours, with a 15-minute interval.

Find Your Hero is running in Manchester, at the AO Arena, until November 7.

For ticket availability, click here.

The UK tour then travels to Exeter, Aberdeen, Belfast, Newcastle, Sheffield and London.

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