Disney on Ice Coming to Knoxville

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The magic of Disney on Ice is coming to the Knoxville Civic Center and Coliseum for eight exciting shows beginning October 17 through Oct. 21. The show is fun for the entire family featuring ice skaters from around the world.

“This year’s show is “Worlds of Fantasy” said Dora Vikar, in a telephone interview. Vikar played Mrs. Incredible in previous years. This year Vikar trades in her elastic incredible costume for a western outfit as she takes on the part of Jessie in the “Toy Story” segment.

“In Worlds of fantasy, Mickey and Minnie are jumping from different world in different fantasies” Vikar said. “Along the way they encounter characters from ‘Cars’, ‘Toy Story’ and ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Tinker Bell, Donald Duck and Goofy are also in the show.”  

Fans who saw the show last year won’t want to miss this year’s show. The show changes each year with different characters and a different storyline. This year’s show features the thrilling high-speed stunts of Lightning McQueen as he and his friends, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Fans can dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within. Fans will be awed by the heroic actions of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang as they  escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever.

Staging the multi-million dollar production is a daunting task. According to Vikar, the logistics involved in bringing the magic to ice is an arduous labor of love.

“It takes about 8-10 hours to set everything up and five hours to take it down,” said Vikar. “We have about 80 people who work and travel together to put the show on.”

Originally from Hungary, the show has given Vikar an opportunity to do what she enjoys most and to travel the world.

“Skating is a universal language” Vikar said. “I have been with the company for 12 years and I have traveled to 31 countries around the world. I spend about 10 months of the year living out of two suitcases. We perform in about 40 cities a year. But, it’s a lot of fun.  We get to do something kids really enjoy. For two hours the kids and parents are really having a great time. This show brings back memories from their childhoods.”

“I played Mrs. Incredible for six years,” Vikar said. “Now, I am playing Jessie. I like the part because Jessie is very energetic and crazy and I get to be on the ice a lot.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum Box Office, or through Knoxville Tickets. Tickets can be charged by Phone by calling (865) 656-4444 or toll free (877) 995-9961, through the web site below, and at all Knoxville Tickets outlets.

Call the Coliseum Box Office Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (865) 215-8999.

By Michael Williams

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