Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s search party – bigger, bolder and back! – Times Square Chronicles

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After a nearly two-year pandemic hiatus from Covid-19, Feld Entertainment is back, bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before, lighting up the Allstate Arena with an ambitious plethora of athleticism and artistry. Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s search party combined family-friendly entertainment, an ever-famous soundtrack and over three dozen lovable animated characters brought to life, on ice. With a mix of talented figure skaters, gymnasts and tumblers, hoverboarders, amazing aerial acrobatics, breathtakingly detailed costumes, exploding fireworks and more, the visual adrenaline pumped into the opening night of the Rosemont arena exceeded the hype. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the difference between an Axel jump, a Camel spin or a Sit Spin (they were all there by the way), surrender to the fun. Dozens of little ones in attendance were adorned with their favorite princess’ regalia, most with the requisite masks in place. Just a reminder, vaccination certificate and masks are required for entry and the security team were not there to play. No vaccination card, no entry. Simple as that.

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The story itself began with Smee and a team of pirates from Peter Pan on the hunt for Tinkerbell and her wand. Thinking that the nefarious Captain Hook would rule all seven seas with the popular pixie’s pointer, they quickly trapped her and locked her in a lantern prison. It was then up to Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald, along with some real life counterparts, to collect clues to save Tink. The first clue was a single rose, which led us to the enchanted rose of Belle and the team of . brought Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth, Lumiere and an array of skating forks and spoons joined a high-flying Belle and a team of gravity-defying aerial photographers on their way to the Oscar-nominated classic “Be Our Guest.” Unbeatable, the team of Toy Story appeared next. Buzz, Woody, Jessie and Bo Peep joined a slew of acrobatic green soldiers from Andy’s collection for a two-story slapstick vignette that had the kids in the neighborhood smile, gasp and giggle.

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For skate purists, Moana’s segment was truly awe-inspiring. “How Far I’ll Go” is a song of independence and the skater’s lines were simply stunning. The film may be from 2016, but its story remains relevant. The demigod, Maui, brought both bravado and laughter as he posed and smoothed out the center of the stage. Also inspiring, the light show during this section. Powerful projections turned the ice rink into both ocean waves and a sandy beach bridge. The images here are really impressive. Borrowing some video clips from the climatic battle between Moana and Te Ka in the film, this segment ended with Moana sailing triumphantly into the sunset. “You’re welcome” indeed. Finishing the first act, Miguel and his ancestors out cocoa in an explosion of color and costumes, celebrating the Catrina of Dia de los Muertos to the tune of “Un Poco Loco” and more.

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Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice
Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice

The second half started with modern classics, aladdin and The little Mermaid. Both had beautiful figure skating spirals and pairs of skating tricks, flips, lifts and dangerously dramatic dismounts. “A Whole New World”, “Under The Sea” and “Kiss The Girl” were the perfect soundtrack for a string of Agrabah showgirls and a sea-skating, high-flying Conga line. The last feature film was the royal sisters of Disney’s billion-dollar franchise, Frozen. No character received more applause than when the silly snowman, Olaf, took to the ice. Dressed in an array of white, turquoise, and royal blue sequins, Queen Elsa’s solo skate ‘Let It Go’ inspired an impromptu mass sing-along. The combined powers of Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Olaf were ultimately just enough to save Tinkerbell. Soaring above the rink, it was time for the finale, featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder from Tangled, Snow and Dopey from Snow White, and over thirty other carefully choreographed costumed characters from the Disney Vault lexicon. Exploding fireworks, danceable tapping music and enough sweets to fuel 100 cotton candy machines, a satisfying ending for all involved. Speaking of sweet treats, the vendors were in the lobby selling Olaf snow cones, Coco popcorn, Disney Princess coloring books and much more, so bring your credit card.

Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice
Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice

Just a few extra information for planning your trip to Allstate Arena. Allstate Arena shuttle buses are all canceled due to Covid-19. The taxi line of a post Allstate show also did not exist due to Covid-19. I was stranded for about 40 minutes before I could call an Uber willing to pick me up. Drivers are not that common on a cold weeknight in the suburbs. If you can’t personally drive to Allstate to attend, skip this show. Standing outside in 7* temperatures, waiting for a shuttle that never came was not a nice end to an otherwise charming evening. The cold may not have bothered Queen Elsa, but it really bothered me.

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Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s search party Now playing at the Allstate Arena Rosement through Feb. 6, 2022

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