FORTY-NINE performers from around the world will arrive in Manila to bring a magical experience on 120 feet of ice this holiday season.

SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. and Feld Entertainment, Inc. present Disney on Ice Celebrates Everyone’s Story at the Mall of Asia Arena from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3. The production features more than 50 unforgettable characters from 14 stories, and more than 30 sing-along tunes.

“The Philippines is one of the longest standing markets where we’ve done business in internationally… I credit the Filipino people. [You] guys are a very welcoming country. You guys are very engaged with entertainment. [You] guys really love the ideas and inspirational characteristics behind the Disney stories,” said Blake Tatroe, Feld Entertainment, Inc.’s regional marketing director for SEA and India, at a press conference on Dec. 5 at the Mall of Asia’s skating rink.

Aside from classic princes and princesses entertaining the fans with a musical montage of songs and dances, expect appearances by royal sisters Elsa and Anna from Frozen, and the underwater creatures of Finding Nemo rocking out to “Turtle Rock.”

For the first time, Disney on Ice will include a pre-show bit with Zootopia’s Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps engaging the crowd in solving an off-ice caper to kick off the show.

“We look at different things to engage the audience throughout the experience… Nick and Judy in the show are actually off-ice… The idea behind the pre-show is to engage the audience,” Mr. Tatroe said.

The production is traveling to 28 cities for its 2017-2018 tour. The show is directed by Patty Vincent and choreographed by Cindy Stuart and Sarah Kawahara.

“This particular production is by far the largest Disney on Ice show we currently have touring, bringing together everyone’s favorite Disney characters from Snow White, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse to Elsa and Anna,” producer Nicole Feld was quoted in a press release. “Our vision is for audiences everywhere to dance and sing along to their favorite Disney songs, so we’ve included 30 tunes that they know and love.”

Tickets are now on sale starting at P190 at and SM cinema ticket booths. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman