DStv and Hunta Live welcome FeldEntertainment’s action-packed ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, whisks audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations, including the auto-racing terrain of Cars and a visit to Andy’s bedroom for some fun with the stars of Toy Story 3. This production delights audiences with a journey under the sea to Ariel’s world from The Little Mermaid and then into the mystical land of Pixie Hollow for a presentation of Tinker Bell.
“To be the first to introduce the Tinker Bell story live on ice and to be entrusted with the beloved Toy Story characters is incredible, and we are thrilled to bring these heartwarming tales to families across families across South Africa for the very first time,” says producer NicoleFeld.
The on-ice excitement begins when an adventurous Mickey Mouse embarks on a journey with Minnie Mouse to uncover each world of fantasy, but the plan goes awry when their cherry red roadster unexpectedly breaks down. Although Donald Duck and Goofy try, it takes the assistance of the coolest cars on the ice to get the pistons firing again. Direct from Radiator Springs, Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally speed into action, zipping and zooming around the frozen highway in an effort to re-energize the roadster.
The life-sized Cars characters were developed by the innovative minds of the prop team led by Feld Entertainment Vice President of Scenic Elements Rick Papineau. Each car took 2,000 man hours to build and is outfitted with custom animatronics including blinking eyes and hydraulic lifts that bounce to the beat of the music. Mater and McQueen even come complete with moving mouths, enabling their dynamic personalities to shine through each time they speak. “The cars are going to be a big surprise because no one will expect them to be so animated, so large or so realistic,” says Papineau.
From salsa dancing fish to the tumbling animal fairy, Emmy Award®-winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara combined dance, athletics, and theatrics to add to the excitement and energy of the show. She applies her versatility to familiar and memorable scenes as Ariel and Prince Eric realize their love and skate a lyrical duet to “Kiss the Girl.”
For Nordstrom, the underlying concept for the lead fairies was that each girl had an “inner sparkle” that glimmered through her clothing. For example, Rosetta, the garden fairy, wears a skirt of velvet roses with an underlayer of sparkling red sequins. The designer says, “I really enjoyed the great challenge of making the new Disney fairies from the movie come to life.”
The toys are back in town! The second act of Worlds of Fantasy brings together all the fun, humor and warmth of the beloved Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 3. Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the familiar gang hit the ice for the ultimate Toy Story experience. A completely different creative team put together the lighting, costumes and tailor-made choreography for this high energy segment of the production.
Worlds of Fantasy offers the perfect combination of elements for fans of Disney On Ice. “From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney worlds brought to life,” says producer Kenneth Feld. “All of this provides a value that is truly unparalleled in the world of live family entertainment. More than ever before, there’s something for everyone.”
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy Tour Dates, South Africa:
Johannesburg (Coca-Cola Dome): 26 June – 1 July
Cape Town (CTICC): 6 July – 8 July
Bookings NOW OPEN at Computicket (www.computicket.com or 083 915 8000)
Tickets are priced from R150 to R300.