On Thursday, April 4, one of our writers took her two daughters–ages 9 and 15–to see Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the Giant Center in Hershey. The girls graciously provided the following reviews for our readers.
From Veronica, age 9:
Although I like to ice skate, I had never seen a performance like this on ice. I have, though, seen the Hershey Bears play on ice skates at the same place.
I did not know what to expect. It was different from lots of other shows because they were selling toys with blinking lights and they were very bright and exciting. There were also a lot of little kids who were dressed like princesses.
The show started with Donald Duck and Goofy trying to make a movie for Mickey and Minnie’s birthday.
The skaters performed bits of “Mulan,” “Finding Dory” and “Frozen” and sang songs from many other Disney movies including “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from “Toy Story,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King,” and “Never Had a Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin.”
A lot of the Disney princesses and their princes also danced together during the night.
The special effects were good. During parts of “Frozen” they made it snow inside. During other parts of the show there were other special effects like lightning, fireworks and sparks.
My favorite part of the show was Timon and Pumbaa from “The Lion King.” The person skating as Pumbaa was on their hands and feet in a big costume. I think it would be really fun to play as Pumbaa.
I loved how creative the costumes and skating were. I think that I would definitely go the next time a show like this comes around.
From Olivia, age 15
I thought the show was really cute. The show was definitely geared toward younger kids, but it was enjoyable for all ages. It was different than many other events in that dancing and singing along were encouraged, and kids could use their light-up toys throughout the show. In addition, many kids came dressed either as princesses or in Mickey Mouse clothing. I think the atmosphere was great.
I always like watching ice skating in the Olympics, so I was most looking forward to the skating itself. As it turned out, there were many elements to the show that I enjoyed.
I don’t think any one part was my favorite; I liked the show as a whole and how the familiar stories were told in a new way.
As I expected, I really liked the ice skating and choreography to the music. The scenes where a lot of ice skaters participated were particularly impressive because of the synchronization. The jumps were also cool, as were when the characters skated in pairs.
The routines were perfectly paired to familiar Disney songs, which was great. I also liked all the costumes and set pieces used in the show. The detail put into all the individual costumes was impressive, and I really liked the huge mechanical Crush from “Finding Dory.”