Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Disney on Ice 'Let's Celebrate' Fires Up Anaheim Crowd

(Disney on Ice presents "Let's Celebrate!")

Despite driving through pounding rain, CC and I arrived in Anaheim last night to see Disney on Ice presents "Let's Celebrate!", and what a celebration it was.

The show, spotlighting festivities from unbirthdays (thank you, Alice in Wonderland) to Christmas (fun times from Mickey and the gang), offered a wide range of Disney characters while also showcasing the skating talents of its troupe.

Kicking off the party was a fantastic opening act, during which Disney staples such as Goofy, Snow White and the Candlestick from "Beauty and the Beast" glided over the rink of the Honda Center (home to ice hockey team the Anaheim Ducks) to get the audience fired up.

Much more focused on the ice skating itself than previous Disney on Ice incarnations, "Let's Celebrate!" offered up skilled skaters who interacted with the audience (the skater playing Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" really seemed to delight in his role) and who had no qualms about adding flips, spins and maybe even a Salchow into the mix.

One highlight that really stuck with CC was the "Fantasia" segment, in which Mickey donned his wizardry apparel and summoned a bevy of broomsticks.

At least 20 skaters appeared on the ice dressed as the tall dusters, donning black-light lit striped handles (which covered their faces; I have no idea how they saw anything) and straw-colored pants.

The sheer number of broomstick-clad skaters was truly dazzling, and the clever costumes only added to the fun. But top that with engaging and energizing choreography, and it was a recipe for sweet -- and shivery -- success.

"Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate!" will be at the Honda Center in Orange County through Dec. 26, before traveling to the Inland Empire's Citizens Business Bank Arena Dec. 29-Jan. 2. The show will end its SoCal run at the Long Beach Arena Jan. 5-9, 2011.

Note: Press tickets provided.

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