Who doesn’t like the myriad of characters that populate Disney’s long history of animation?
From “Snow White” to “Frozen,” the full-length features from the studio always seem to bring smiles to children and adults alike.
Now, if you bring those characters to life, put them on ice, and add top notch ice skating skills and choreography to the mix, you have a great evening of giggle, grins, and fun.
And that’s what everyone got on the opening night of “Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove” on Wednesday night at the XL Center in Hartford.
Beginning with an introduction by the always adorable and cuddly Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, the show offered up ice dancing mini-sketches with some of the most beloved animated characters of Disney’s long history.
Opening with the characters to “Toy Story” and moving through other films such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan,” “The Lion King,” “Tangled,” and much more, the evening gave everyone in the crowd bite-sized, tasty morsels of Disney classics. However, although the pieces were small, they were power-packed with Disney flavor.
There were numerous fun moments of the evening. I got a kick out of the ice skating kick-line of playing cards during the “Alice” segment. The wildebeest stampede in ‘The Lion King” segment was well-executed and offered a fine tribute to the Broadway musical of the Disney tale. Also, “Snow White” offered a sweet balance between the funny—thanks to the Seven Dwarves—and the romantic as Snow White was rescued by her prince.
The crowd pleaser came in the final moments of the show when ever single princess from the Disney catalogue stepped out on the ice with their particular Prince Charming. If you looked around the crowd, there was a smile on every child’s face.
The fast-moving show is perfect for the entire family. It’s not too long. It’s colorful and bright. The costumes mimicked perfectly the characters the skaters were portraying. Each segment grabbed the attention of all the smaller children around me. There was plenty of audience interaction to help the audience feel as if they were part of the show, not just watching it. More importantly, there was nothing scary about the show that would frighten the little ones. And the ice skating—and touches of Disney perfect romance– was just the kind of thing that can keep the attention of adults accompanying their children to the show.
I give “Disney on Ice Treasure Trove” 3 ½ out of 4 family-friendly stars.
“Disney On Ice Treasure Trove” continues through Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford.