Disney on Ice show opens in Tampa

'Let's Celebrate!' takes dozens of Disney characters around the world

May 15, 2014 

Disney on Ice "Let's Celebrate!" FELD ENTERTAINMENT

"Let's Celebrate" is not a typical Disney on Ice shows, Kaite MacLennan said.

Most shows from Disney on Ice feature characters from a specific Disney movie and a single story line. This one includes everyone from Prince Charming to Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

"Our show's really different," said MacLennan, who has been skating with the show since its inception four years ago. "Ours takes you to different holidays around the world. There's a party with the Mad Hatter, Halloween with Jack Skellington from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas,' a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, Mardi Gras, Chinese Year."

In all, more than 50 Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, will take to the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum when "Let's Celebrate" comes to town today.

The through-line of the show involves Mickey Mouse operating a device called a digital global designator that instantly transports him and the audience to exotic locales.

One of the highlights for children in the audience, MacLennan said, is the Christmas celebration. That's a special treat for Florida youngsters.

"It snows in our show," she said, "There are so many kids who have never experienced snow and they love it."

Details: May 15-18, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Show times: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $22-$87.40. Information: 813-301-2500, www.tampabaytimesforum.com.

-- Marty Clear

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