By Christine Davis
Last night my daughter and I started what I hope to be an annual tradition of trekking downtown to see Disney on Ice.
Not having been to one of these shows since I was a kid, I was surprised at some of the changes – most notably the venue. Disney on Ice Treasure Trove is presented at Rogers Centre, with an ice surface installed on the floor and bleacher-style seating set up around it with some traditional stadium seating as well. I missed going to Maple Leaf Gardens, but obviously that wasn’t an option.
What was great about the Rogers Centre is the way it was transformed for the family-friendly event. The staff were wonderful with the kids and set up on the floor, off to the side, was a baby changing station that I was thankful for – and made use of, changing my daughter into her pajamas before the drive home.
The show itself was as wonderful as I remember. It’s important to keep in mind that you’re not watching Olympic-class skaters and the show is more about the entertainment value than perfectly executed jumps. With that said, much of the skating was quite impressive and the theatrical interpretation the performers took was crowd-pleasing.
It’s difficult to choose what part of the show I liked best. Seeing Mickey and Minnie is always a thrill, but the size of Captain Hook’s crocodile and the elephant from The Lion King were incredible. The costumes and effects used to create the under the sea scene from The Little Mermaid was a neon spectacle that I really enjoyed. But perhaps my favourite part was the pack of wildebeests stampeeding in The Lion King. The costumes created a flowing effect that enhanced the pack scene while the accompanying music almost made you feel the rumble of the earth below them.
My daughter was taken by the flying characters, excitedly pointing to them in the sky. She also liked the interaction the characters had with the crowd, happily waving to them whenever they waved in our general direction. At just 15-months, I was impressed with how long she was able to sit and be engaged in the show, and I think that speaks volumes about the entertainment value of the performance.
I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.