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Disney on Ice slips into the Vivint Smart Home Arena celebrating 100 years of magic

Oct 17, 2018 12h34 ● By Jana Klopsch

Disney on Ice presents “100 Years of Magic” celebrating 50 characters and songs from classic to modern Disney films. ( Photo credit: Feld Entertainment)

By Christy Jepson | [email protected]

Feld Entertainment brings Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Magic, a skating spectacular to the Vivint Smart Home Arena for just four days. And with the show comes Mickey Mouse and the gang and almost 50 other Disney characters.  

With Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse and his three best friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, together they help audience members relive the magic of popular Disney movies such as “Frozen,” Toy Story,” Lion King,” Beauty and the Beast,” Aladdin,” The Little Mermaid and many more. Feld Entertainment mixes beloved Disney characters and almost 30 popular songs to make a magical memorable show. 

“I would encourage everyone to come see this show,” said Kirstie Nelson, a cast member and skater from Canmore, Alberta, Canada. “This show has everything from classic characters to modern Disney characters. This show has something for everyone to enjoy.”  

Nelson has been skating since she was five years old and was the Alberta Provincial Freeskate champion in 2000. She joined Disney on Ice in 2013 and has been touring with them ever since.   

“I feel like a kid again every time I see Mickey Mouse on the ice. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are really the Fab Four and that is what Disney is all about,” said Nelson.  

Even though Nelson’s main character is Cinderella, she is also in about five to six additional numbers. She explained this is a unique variety show with 14 different stories in which she never gets bored performing. 

“I love feeding off the energy in the crowd and there is something just so exciting and exhilarating about going out on a stage and performing in front of large crowds of people who are there to see you. There is nothing else like it! I love being able to do what makes me so happy and what I am good at while entertaining the crowd through it,” said Nelson. 

So what does it require to take a Disney on Ice show on the road? Here are some fun and interesting facts about the show:  

  • It takes 19 trucks to transport the production
  • It takes four buses to transport the cast, crew and staff
  • It takes about 12-14 hours to set up the production and about five hours to take it down
  • There are five staff members and 15 crew members that tour with the production
  • While some costumes can weigh only a few pounds, others can weigh up to 50 pounds or more
  • Some costumes have 10 or more pieces that make up the total costume
  • Each cast members usually has four to five costumes
  • There are four costume shops that make the costumes with 40 employees working on the costumes
  • There are 225 costumes in the show with each costume using six to eight yards of fabric
  • Anna and Elsa’s capes weigh around 20 pounds each
  • There are 57 props used in each show
  • The largest prop in the show is Elsa’s Ice Palace
  • There are 274 different lighting fixtures and 980 lighting cues
  • The total weight of a castle set is about three tons

Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Magic” will be at the Vivint Smart Home Arena Nov. 15-18. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus additional matinees on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Vivint Smart Home Arena is located at 301 W. South Temple in Salt Lake City. Tickets start at $15 each. Tickets are available online at or 800-745-3000 or at the box office.