Disney built its castle on fairytale princesses like Snow White and Cinderella, and later Pocahontas and Mulan.
But make no mistake: Disney On Ices current tour Worlds of Fantasy, which begins a five-day run at Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday isnt just a girls thing.
All the (Disney On Ice) shows have a little bit for the boys. I feel like this one includes so many of the boys favorites, too, says figure skater Dora Vikar, a native of Budapest who plays Jessie in the Toy Story 3 segment, which spans the entire second half of the show.
In its first half, Worlds of Fantasy features life-size animatronic versions of the vehicles from Pixars Cars, Ariels undersea home from The Little Mermaid, and a pre-Peter Pan Tinkerbells coming-of-age story.
Its a great balance for the entire family, says Scott MacDonald, performance director for Feld Entertainments Worlds of Fantasy. During the song Under the Sea, I even see ushers singing along.
Worlds of Fantasy not only offers something new for its audience, but for its performers as well. The role of Jessie is a stylistic departure from Vikars former characters Pinocchios Blue Fairy and Mrs. Incredible.
The fairy was very graceful this elegant, majestic fairy and it was all hold your shoulders back. Mrs. Incredible is all power, down in the knees, and catty, Vikar says.
Jessie (is) this ball-of-energy tomboy. You never stand with your feet together, limbs flying everywhere, a little looser. You just slap your knee from time to time or make a lasso action with your hand something you wouldnt be doing in (most) competitive programs. Im trying to portray her like you saw her in the movie thats the biggest tool I use.
Vikar and MacDonald agree that its a completely different experience than the competition of their youth.
Theres no judging. Its truly for the enjoyment of the kids, says MacDonald, who was a competitive skater before ducking behind the scenes with Disney On Ice 16 years ago.
Its the cutest thing when were walking out of the building or onto the bus, says Vikar, who began skating at age 4. You see kids dancing on the street in the little outfit they came in, in their cowboy outfit or little hat. We see it during the finale all the time. They dance or clap along, hands in the air, doing what we do.
She hopes the show not only entertains, but inspires future skaters. Its such a unique sport. Its athletic but artistic. You can be at any level. You can go around in circles on a pond, which is a lot of fun. If you know a little bit, you can really express yourself through skating.