The stars of Disney On Ice “Rockin’ Ever After” arrived in town this week as preparations begin for the show at the Dubai World Trade Centre arena from September 10th – 13th.
While Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the rest of the cast have been exploring the city, ice engineers at DWTC have been busy building the ice using two 64,000kg refrigeration units to freeze 48,000 litres of water to create the magical arena.
For many of the 100 cast and crew members, who began descending on Dubai on August 20, this is their first visit to the United Arab Emirates.
Performance director, Jackie Soames, said: “The majority of the cast has never been to the Middle East but have heard a lot about Dubai’s culture and tradition. Many have spoken about exploring the old city while others are keen to go on a desert safari. Ultimately we are all thrilled to be here and I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we’re looking forward to bringing some of the Disney magic to the Dubai.”
In addition to show rehearsals, there are many public appearances scheduled around the city, including the opportunity for some of the UAE’s budding young skaters to take part in a masterclass with the performers and a special reading with the character, Belle.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, brought to the UAE by Etisalat, organised by Sport and Entertainment Solutions (SES) and supported by Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), “Rockin’ ever after” will bring together all-time favourite Disney characters from various stories including Brave, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Ali Haidary, founder and CEO of SES, said: “We look forward to an action-packed, fun-filled couple of weeks in the final lead up to the show. It is difficult to explain just how much goes into making a production of the scale and magnitude of Disney on Ice a reality, but we know it will be worth it when we see the look of wonder on the face of so many children.”