“Disney On Ice” glided into the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday and had the venue well-chilled until Sunday, Jan. 16. Mickey and Minnie Mouse orchestrated a cast of more than 50 other Disney characters in a performance designed to showcase something that cultures all over the world relate to: celebrations.

The opening and closing pieces were bustling and joyful, with introductions of new and old characters alike eliciting appreciative reactions from fans in the crowd. Technology was combined with gregarious performers to recreate the warm-fuzzy Disney vibe and spectators were engaged from the start. Characters urged the audience to say “aloha” with Lilo and Stitch, chant “bippity boppity boo” with the Fairy Godmother and to tell Mickey not to try even a teensy bite of the poison apple. The delights kept coming from there.

The show presented nostalgic moments for adults as well. Some of the children in the audience may have been too young to remember Mickey’s ordeal as the sorcerer’s apprentice in “Fantasia,” but the chorus lines of brooms elicited smiles from attendees that have been with Disney since the beginning. The number was excellently choreographed and proved that if there’s one thing that Disney does well, it’s production numbers with characters in costumes so comprehensive that they can’t see their own feet.

Pinocchio claimed it was his birthday (he was lying, as his expanding nose revealed), so Alice, the Mad Hatter and Tweedles Dee and Dum joined Mickey and Co. to celebrate an un-birthday instead. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, invited the best and baddest villains for spooky festivities. Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar and a poison-apple-toting witch crusaded around the ice until Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Daisy dressed up as ghosts and “boo!”ed them away with help from youngsters in the audience.

Lilo and Stitch joined in for a trip to a Hawaiian luau and skaters in brightly colored feathers brought in a Brazilian Carnival. Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, from 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog,” ushered in Mardi Gras to a jazz tune in skirt-swinging New Orleans style. Mulan, accompanied by a samurai for the purposes of partnering, celebrated  the coming of spring alongside skaters twirling LED-encrusted fans. A Chinese dragon in blazing yellows and oranges undulated onto the ice and wrapped up the act.

Christmas was the star of the second half of the show, featuring Goofy dressed as Santa and a pristine white sleigh covered in lights. Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang from “Toy Story” also made an appearance, drawing a roar of appreciation from the audience. It seemed odd to have only one of the December holidays celebrated after the diversity of the first act, but it gave the show a warm, if singularly Christian, note on which to end.

Even the lesser-celebrated holidays were represented. For Valentine’s Day, Minnie asked the Fairy Godmother to make her a princess and, with the help of dynamic Disney duos, learned about the power of love. The iconic princesses all performed pas de deux with their corresponding princes to show Minnie what love means. Mulan, whose story involves finding not love but her own purpose in life, partnered with an anonymous samurai and illustrated the importance of finding yourself before looking for someone else.

The technical aspect of the production wasn’t overlooked, either, as a time-lapse at the end of the show revealed. “Disney on Ice” will have visited 56 cities in the United States and Canada by the end of the season, and it takes eight semi trucks to transport the show from place to place. There are 38 skaters, 5 staff members, 13 crew members and 44 vendors, totaling 100 people that travel to each city. There are more than 100 props, more than 70 balloons and more than 100 pounds of rhinestones in the show. It takes 30 loads of laundry per week to maintain the costumes and there are about four costumes per skater, which adds up to more than 155 outfits.To make the light patterns on the ice, technicians use 1,920 gobos that attach to each light. There are 10,000 LED lights and there is one person on staff that can make it snow.

Such is the magic of Disney. The show was fabulous and filled with the contagious energy that has made Disney such a media mogul. Even Sin City appreciates connecting with its inner child.

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