This year, local celebrities and their children — all certified Disney fans — couldn’t resist trooping to the Smart Araneta Coliseum to watch the latest and never-before-seen ice extravaganza, Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!
Kumare Klub TV host Christine Bersola-Babao says that the Disney characters continue to be loved by everyone because they are classic, universal and ageless. And her love for the Disney characters has rubbed off on her kids Anya, 6, and Nio, 1. “We’re a Disney family. Who isn’t? We’ve been watching Disney on Ice when it’s shown here. You’re planting happy memories in a child’s mind every time you bring them to Disney on Ice. And every year it changes. There’s something new,” she shares.
Fellow host Chiqui Roa-Puno, who has also seen different Disney on Ice shows with her kids, shares the same sentiment. “Anything Disney we get excited about. Even my bigger boys and for my husband Rob and I, we just love how their faces light up and how excited they still get. This is my youngest Sabrina’s first time. So we love it. And the show this year is very nice. They’re very personal,” she says.
During the show, Chiqui’s daughter, Sabrina, 5, got a nice surprise when one of the Disney princesses, Jasmine, came over to where they were seated to give a pretty valentine flower to the awestruck — yet delighted — little girl. “We thought the highlight was seeing Tinkerbell outside, getting ready to come in. But then when Jasmine came over to give her valentine flower — that was the best part. She told me, ‘She’s so nice to me, mom,’” Chiqui adds.
Other celebrities are raring to catch Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! in its last few days at the Big Dome this season. “Our girls Kylie, 16 and Kerry, 14 both love Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Both of them can relate to Belle whose nose is always stuck in a book and oblivious to the world around them. I’ve always encouraged them to watch Mulan, who for me is one of the best role models for women in fiction ever. If they were to choose a Disney character’s party to attend it would still be Belle’s, because they say it would be awesome to have a scene like Be Our Guest with Lumiere, Clocksworth, Chip and all the others. It would just be the best party ever,” says Kaye Tinga.
Maxine Eigenmann and her young son also have their own favorites. “My son Sandro loves Buzz Lightyear because he’s like a superhero. He says his wings are so awesome plus he can fly. He likes Buzz because he’s the best friend of Woody and he’s such a cool toy!” Maxine also shares her dream Disney princess parties. “If I would attend a Disney character’s party it would be Ariel’s. I’ve always been curious about the world beneath the sea. I would also love to meet Cinderella and hopefully borrow her glass slippers; a party held under the sea by a mermaid who sings would be most definitely be one would not want to miss,” she adds.
Book-loving Christine, on the other hand, enjoyed the Royal Ball featuring the Disney princesses. “My favorite is Belle. In my second life I want to be her. I like Belle’s personality. She likes to read books — like me, and I write books. And I like her gown. Siguro kapag nag-golden wedding anniversary kami ni Julius, yung gown ko siguro yung gold gown niya. And then next is Ariel. Super like ko si Ariel, kasi I think it’s every girl’s fantasy to be a mermaid,” Christine says.
James Yap, who also watched the show with son Bimby and Joshua admitted he wasn’t familiar with a lot of Disney characters before. He has since been converted into a Disney fan, thanks to his Disney-loving four-year-old son. “Ang favorite kasi ni Baby James si Mickey Mouse, so favorite ko na rin yun,” James says.
Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!, is a series of 18 shows featuring a medley of holidays and celebrations throughout the world, presented by Mickey Mouse and 50 of his friends. Produced by Feld Entertainment, the show includes 10 colorful, romantic and high-energy acts, including a Very Merry UnBirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Halloween party with Jack Skellington and the Disney Villains; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch; and a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses, introducing a new Disney Princess, Tiana. With the help of Mickey’s Digital Global Destinator, the show will also transport you to far-off places so you can witness events such as the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Chinese New Year in China, and the Carnival in Brazil.
Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! started its holiday shows at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Christmas Day, and will continue its run until Jan. 3, 2012. You can still catch the grandest and happiest show this season. Ticket prices are P1,500 (Patron VIP/Lower Box VIP, P1,200 (Patron Regular/Lower Box Regular), P950 for Upper A Premium, P675 for Upper A Regular, P370 for Upper B and P150 for General Admission. Special discounts are available for Visa Cardholders and family bundles. Tickets are available through Ticketnet (911-5555).
Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! is presented by the Araneta Center, Smart Araneta Coliseum, Lactum, Meralco, Philippine Airlines and TV5, Manila Bulletin, Fox International, Summit Media, Disney Junior, Inquirer.net, 99.5 RT, Magic 89.9, Jam 88.3 and Wave 89.1, Holiday Inn and H.M. Transport.