A slick trip winds through 4 Disney cartoon favorites

Ice tour is coming to 1st Mariner Arena

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February 03, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

While working together on the film Steamboat Willie in 1928, they just knew. It was magic. They clicked. Maybe it was his big, round ears. But she was smitten. And maybe it was her cute, little flapper hat that drew him in. Whatever it was, now, 77 years later, Mickey and Minnie are still an item.

And they're still working together.

Wednesday through Feb. 13, the beloved and ubiquitous cartoon mice will take on a three-dimensional form at the ice show Disney on Ice Presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey at 1st Mariner Arena.

The elaborate show, starring Mickey and Minnie as tour guides, takes audiences young and old on an adventure to four destinations, where they will see favorite characters from four animated Disney films.

An array of accomplished ice skaters from around the world star in the show, which also features popular Disney tunes from each of the four films, as well as classic rock songs.

"The show is a compilation show, a highlight show," says Melinda Rosser, a spokeswoman for Disney. "It's a compilation of 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Lilo & Stitch and The Little Mermaid. ... The first half of the show is in London, for 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan, then the second half goes under the sea for The Little Mermaid. Then it comes back up from the sea and ends up in Hawaii for Lilo & Stitch."

"It's got something for all ages. We've all grown up with one of these Disney shows," Rosser says.

In London, the skaters travel down the cold city streets. Audiences then experience the mischief and adventures of the title character in Peter Pan, watch the three Darling children and Peter fly over the ice, and see a 35-foot-long pirate ship sail the sea.

From Peter Pan's Never Land, Mickey and Minnie take audiences into the London of Pongo, Perdita, Cruella de Vil and those 101 Dalmatians.

Audiences will then watch an aquatic adventure with Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and finally, a luau with Lilo & Stitch and friends.

Each destination has its own set, lighting, costumes and music. And, of course, its own choreography.

"You forget you're at an ice show," says Rosser.

"Disney on Ice Presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 10; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 12; 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13. All shows are at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $12-$45. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.disneyonice.com.

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