RIYADH: Fans will be able to see their favorite Disney tales performed live on ice at the Boulevard Arena in Riyadh until September 21.
They will be able to reunite with their favorite characters during the Disney on Ice Presents Mickey and Friends show.
The show is a collaboration between Feld Entertainment, which produces the show, and the General Entertainment Authority, which seeks to diversify entertainment options in the Kingdom.
At the opening ceremony, children appeared in Disney character costumes and danced and sang along with the show.
Throughout the show, audiences can join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The hosts invite viewers to join in on the action by guiding their companions through Disney stories on Mickey’s mouse pad and highlighting special moments from beloved classics.
As Moana shows bravery to preserve her island while on an adventure on the high seas with the hero Maui, families sail along with them.
As royal sisters Anna and Elsa learn that true love is the most powerful magic in the frozen land of Arendelle in “Frozen,” families can encounter the enigmatic tricks of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Sergio Artigas, head of marketing at Feld Entertainment, said he could not fully describe how magical this trip to Saudi Arabia was.
“I am very excited to be here, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are overwhelmed by the love and warmth they have felt here in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
Kerry Jones, the tour manager, said Saudi Arabia surprised her and she was excited to be here.
“I don’t know what I expected, but everyone was so welcoming,” she said. “We know people are excited about ‘Disney On Ice,’ and we’re very excited to bring it here.”
“The idea of coming to Saudi Arabia has been around for five years and we started talking to the production and started discussions three months ago. We arrived two weeks ago and started a rehearsal period for the cast and crew. now we are ready.”
The Arab News team spoke to the skaters who came from the US to perform in the Kingdom.
“We practice and spend a lot of time rehearsing the show so everyone can come and enjoy the magic,” said Josh, one of the skaters.
“I’m from Canada, so ice comes naturally to me, especially skating, and for all of us, I can say we love it here,” said Melina, another athlete. “The food is amazing, we feel very welcome and we hope you enjoy the show,” he said.
In “Live Your Story,” participants join the Disney princesses as they use perseverance, determination and hard work to inspire Mickey and children around the world to share their favorite Disney memories.
Two sisters, Lara and Aleen Al-Jumai’a, expressed their joy at the wonderful performance.
“I was surprised by the show and I am happy to see it since it was the first show in the Kingdom. We loved seeing our favorite characters, especially Elsa from Frozen,” Al-Jumai’a said.
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