Disney magic headed to the Resch Center

terry charles

disney magic—terry charles—feb. 2020

With winter in full force and February upon us, the highly anticipated arrival of Mickey Mouse to the Resch Center is near. Disney On Ice has been coming to Green Bay for more than 25 years. This year “Disney On Ice presents Dream Big” will be at the Resch February 20-23.

As I've mentioned in the past, Disney On Ice is a huge event for Green Bay and the Resch Center. Nearly 30,000 people are expected to attend one of eight shows. This show boasts seven Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Aurora and Moana – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney's “Frozen” is brought to life on the icy stage.

Recognizing the timeless nature of the stories, Creative Director Jerry Bilik sought a cast whose talent would make the stories relatable and inspiring.

“To me, the most exciting part of the show is really the cast,” Bilik said. “These exceptional performers help translate the stories to the ice magnificently. Their portrayal of the princesses and princes sweeps the audience away because they capture the essence of the characters' hopes, dreams and heroism.”

It will take the road crew about 12 hours to set up the production and only four hours to tear it down. The cast, crew and staff will travel on four buses while 13 trailers are needed to haul the production and transport equipment. The production includes 200 props and 750 costume pieces. The largest prop is Cinderella's carriage, which weighs more than 1,500 pounds and has 2,005 lights on it! Each cast member wears an average of five costumes. The fastest costume change in the show is just 30 seconds!

I've been doing publicity for these Disney On Ice shows for nearly 20 years. One of the things people have asked for over the years is a chance to meet the characters. That has never been option until this year. For the first time, the show is offering a special 45-minute character experience for an additional charge. Many shows and concerts are offering fan experiences for a higher priced ticket, or in this case, a ticket add-on. That means you must buy a show ticket, and then you can add to it.

It's a way to enhance your Disney On Ice show ticket. It's called Storytime with Belle and special guest Mickey. Fans can be our guest and celebrate the story of Beauty and the Beast! This experience includes meeting Belle & Mickey, a welcome dance party, make-a-menu crafting activity, napkin-folding fun, story time with Belle, photo opportunities with one printed photo in frame, and a tag & lanyard.

My role as publicist for the show includes arranging media interviews in advance, being present with the media when they are covering the show or doing early morning TV with the production. Feld Entertainment, which produces Disney On Ice, is very good about arranging excellent opportunities for TV stations to do live hits for the early morning news.

So, don't be surprised if you see a lot of little princesses around the Resch Center from February 20-23. You'll know that Mickey Mouse is back in town!

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