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Thursday, July 5, 2018


(Scene from “Aladdin”. Pic credit Disney)

Fast action, high energy, sparkling production which offers plenty of glitz and glamour but most importantly is fun, fun, fun! (Review by Keith Millar

After a successful first visit to Durban last year, the dazzling Disney On Ice is back in the city with a new production entitled Dream Big, which will run at the ICC Arena until Sunday (July 8, 2018).

Fans will be happy to know that the new show, while maybe a little downscaled from last year, offers all the same spectacular Disney entertainment they have come to love.

It is a fast action, high energy, sparkling production which offers plenty of glitz and glamour but most importantly is fun, fun, fun!

It is a big production from every sense of the word. From the expansive ice arena with a ceiling-high enchanted castle at the one end, to the fantastic costumes, the wonderful sound and lighting, the fabulous skating and the breathtaking stunts. Everything seems a just a bit larger than life, over the top (in a good way) and truly magical.

The theme this year is based around Disney’s much loved and courageous heroines and their heroes. It suggests that if you Dream Big, your wishes can come true.

Included are the sequences from the stories of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Rapunzel from Tangled, Jasmine from Aladdin, Aurora from the Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the sisterly love of Anna & Elsa from Frozen.

The show is hosted by the timeless Mickey and Minnie Mouse, helped out by Tinker Bell who zooms about the ice spreading her pixie dust.

Some of the sequences are fairly brief and feature the leading characters skating to a song from the movie - whereas others such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Frozen are much more elaborate productions.

The costumes throughout are spectacular, with the fish and sea creatures in The Little Mermaid being of particular note. The Seven Dwarfs in Snow White were also outstanding as where the Candlestick and Plates from Beauty and the Beast.

Also of note are the fabulous props used. Particularly in the Aladdin market scene, where a life-size camel wandered through the set at one stage, while the self-propelled pumpkin carriage in Cinderella was fabulous.

Frozen offered all the technical bells and whistles with an extended snowfall, pyrotechnics and large butterflies descending from the ceiling.

The ice skating in the show is of an amazing standard, with all the jump, spins, twizzles and lifts one can imagine on display. All the dances from solos to duos and ensembles were beautifully choreographed and expertly executed.

Disney on Ice is an extravagant spectacular of a show. It offers wonderful family entertainment with the action starting from arrival in the foyer where there are numerous stalls selling splendid (if rather expensive) Disney merchandise and refreshments.

My six year old grandson, Landon, informed me that he found the show “very entertaining, and everything was kind of fun” and he asked, “Can I go again tonight?”

Disney On Ice takes place in the Main Arena of the Durban ICC until July 8 with shows on Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 at 10h00; 14h00 and 18h00. Three performances on Sunday July 8 at 10h00, 14h00 and 18h00

Tickets: Weekdays R152, R253, R354, R404 pp inclusive. Saturdays and Sundays - R202, R303, R404, R455 pp inclusive. Babes in arms and children under two years sitting on a parent’s lap MUST have a purchased Babes in Arms ticket @ R51.

Booking is through Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit or visit your nearest Computicket service centre. – Keith Millar