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May 21, 2014

'Disney on Ice presents Frozen' to debut in Orlando in September

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From the beginning, its creators and movie critics said Disney's animated film "Frozen" was made for a large-scale, live production. Though some speculated Broadway would be first, it looks like Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf will take to the ice before the stage. Disney on Ice has just announced a new production for 2014 based on the movie "Frozen."

Feld Entertainment will launch its new show, "Disney on Ice presents Frozen" in Central Florida in September. Tickets go on sale to the public on June 3 through Ticketmaster, but pre-sale codes are available now. (Try "SPRING.")

Central Florida residents and visitors will be among the first to see the new "Frozen" adaptation. For years, Ellenton, Fla.-based Feld has used Lakeland and Orlando as a starting point for new Disney on Ice productions, and this tour is no exception. From here, the production moves to Rhode Island, Virginia and Tennessee.

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If you have "Frozen" fans at your house, you know the enchanting story of the royal sisters that centers on Elsa's spectacular powers. So, you can imagine that it will take some real Disney magic to recreate the forces that divide the sisters before love brings them back together. The New York Times reports that "patrons could expect a blizzard created by 20 snow machines, a stage inspired by a six-sided snowflake and towering video projection panels that, among other things, would simulate the movie's jagged North Mountains."

With such dynamic sets, the directors hope to recreate the emotional journey that the movie inspired in its audiences. In addition, they will rely on Frozen's popular music -- including the songs "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper" -- to engage the viewers.

But, of course, the main attraction is the amazing performances by the professional skaters. I found it interesting that Patty Vincent, the director of "Frozen" on ice, told The New York Times that the Feld team worked closely with John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the film's directors and producers to choreograph the skating. Vincent was quoted as saying, "They helped us with Elsa's style of movement - balletic, vertical - and how it differs from Anna, who is more playful and horizontal."

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Typically, Disney on Ice shows feature a large cast of characters in various vignettes to appeal to a spectrum of fans, but "Disney on Ice presents Frozen" will mainly focus on the new hit. Still, viewers will briefly see Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who will introduce the show, and there will be special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo" and Disney's "The Lion King."

"Disney on Ice presents Frozen" will be at Orlando's Amway Center for seven performances: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. 7 p.m. Sept. 6; and 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Tickets are $16 to $65 and can be purchased at the Amway Center box office or through Ticketmaster.

To find out about other Disney on Ice productions on tour, read my previous stories here and here.



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July 16, 2013

Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes tickets on sale for Orlando dates

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One of the longest-running and popular Disney On Ice productions, "Princesses & Heroes," is returning to Orlando in September, and tickets went on sale this weekend.

Feld Entertainment describes the show this way: "Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula's slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty's Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true."

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It would appear that "Princesses & Heroes" has been slightly reworked since its inception in 2006 when my family saw it at Amway Arena. Back then, it was called "Princess Wishes: Princesses & Heroes." Rapuzel and Tiana were not part of the show because their animated movies had not yet hit the theaters, and they had not been named official Disney Princesses. Clearly, their overwhelming popularity has earned them roles in the production, replacing Mulan.

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In addition to beloved Disney characters, guests also can expect to see plenty of special effects -- from pyrotechnics when the dragon breathes fire to laser lighting to amazing acrobatics and tricks by the professional skaters.

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One of our favorite numbers was The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea" because the upbeat song brings all of Ariel's friends out on the ice. Plus, a few lucky audience members were chosen to ride in a boat on the ice. (That might be a reason to splurge on the front-row seats!) And don't get up to go to the concession stand during Cinderella's story or you will miss her beautiful coach, which prompted "oohs" and "aahs" at our show.

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Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell serve as presenters between the princess segments, creating seamless transitions. The production lasts about two hours and 15 minutes, which includes an intermission.

Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes takes place at Amway Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 14; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Prices range from $8 to $55 plus fees per ticket, and everyone 2 years and older is required to have a ticket.

Looking for a discount? Audience members who sign up to be a preferred customer at DisneyOnIce.com can receive advance notice of tickets and exclusive offers.

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