Disney on Ice warms hearts

22:24, Aug 15 2014
Disney on Ice
TREAT: Polina Collins, 9 (L) Henry Bashir-Elahi 12 and Helena10. met Disney character Woody from Toy Story prior to the opening of Disney On Ice yesterday.

Over 30,000 children - and children at heart - will get a touch of Disney magic in Christchurch this weekend.

The final New Zealand shows of Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove started last night at Horncastle Arena.

Described by one reviewer as a "kaleidoscopic parade of music and dance on ice", the performance features figure skaters dressed as princesses and heroes from Disney films.

Parents and children were already gathering in the concourse well before the first performance was due to start last night.

The smell of buttery popcorn filled the air and merchandise stall holders stood ready for action.

For three Christchurch children, the evening began with an extra bonus - meeting Woody and two of the cast members.


Henry Bashir-Elahi, 12, from Bryndwr said it was his second Disney on Ice experience and he had invited his dance partner, Polina Collins, 9.

The pair perform ballroom, new vogue and Latin American dance together.

Asked if they wanted to perform in Disney on Ice one day, they were non-plussed.

"I want to be an accountant," Henry said.

Polina was thinking about veterinary science as a career.

Parklands girl Helena Smith, 10, had only been told she would be going to the show that afternoon by her Mum's friend, Rochelle Sandoe.

Sandoe's mother and "big kid", Lauren Brown, 52, from Invercargill had won four tickets and asked Sandoe to come.

Sandoe immediately invited Helena Smith, who said her favourite Disney movie was Sleeping Beauty.

Brown said it was a life-long dream to go to Disney on Ice.

"I wanted to see Disney on Ice when I was 10 years old, 40 years ago, but I never got there."

The Press