Disney On Ice’s 100-year Celebration Coming to Ottawa

By Pam McLennan, Epoch Times
February 12, 2014 Updated: February 12, 2014

OTTAWA—The Canadian Tire Centre will be filled with well-known and beloved Disney characters starting Feb. 19 as Feld Entertainment presents “Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic” for kids of all ages.

Famous icons Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will introduce more than 65 of our favourite Disney characters, bringing to life exciting moments from much-loved stories we all know so well.

Watch Nemo, Pocahontas, The Incredibles, Snow White, the Little Mermaid, and so many others as they skate through the ups and downs that are part of the original animated or Pixar shows.

This is family entertainment aimed mainly at kids, and all the action takes place on ice. Costumes are lavish and true to the originals, and the music is as lively as ever. Who can resist singing along with songs like “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” or “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”?

Among the several Disney on Ice productions touring the world at any given time, this one has been presented for 14 years. It is a testament to the dedication and skill needed to recreate animated film characters that skate on ice. The original storylines are followed as the children in the audience know each one well and expect it to be unchanged.

One of the more than 10 Canadian skaters in the 47-member group taking part in the production is Kirstie Nelson from Canmore, Alberta. She joined in 2013 and has been on the road ever since. 

In this production Nelson plays a soldier in the Green Army from “Toy Story,” a member of the Mickey Mouse Marching Band, and a cloud in the Pinocchio piece. She will also play other characters as required and says she enjoys the opportunity to skate a variety of characters.

“I personally love it. It’s definitely not for everybody because you’re living out of suitcases. The group of people we are with are pretty awesome—it has become like my second family,” Nelson said in a telephone interview with Epoch Times.

The “Celebrate 100 Years of Magic” show tours from September to May. After that Nelson goes home for six weeks before going on another tour.

Nine shows will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre Feb. 19–23. Tickets range from $15 to $70 and can be purchased at www.CapitalTickets.ca or by calling 613-599-3267 or 1-877-788-3267. Tickets can also be purchased at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d’Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull, Ottawa Festivals, and the Canadian Tire Centre box office.