Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Imagine seeing eight of your favorite fairy tale princesses find their happily-ever-afters all in one night, courtesy of Minnie and Mickey Mouse, with a little help from Tinker Bell and that master magician Walt Disney.  What better way to start 2014 than a visit with the family to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena from January 2-5 or to Hartford's XL Center from January 8-12?

Dreams get ready to come true as your best Disney characters skate in on wings of fantasy as the tradition, started way back in 1949, continues to delight and engage your imagination.  Think of a giant storybook erupting to release eight tales of danger and romance.  Follow Snow White and her Prince, our favorite "Little Mermaid" Ariel and her Prince Eric, Belle and the Beast, Jasmine and Aladdin, "The Princess and the Frog's" Tiana and Naveen, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from "Tangled" and Cinderella and Prince Charming as they overcome obstacles to find true love.

Each couple will skate in and tell their story, of defeating the villains and winning their fair love's heart.  You'll see Aladdin discover a magic bottle with a genie in a marketplace bazaar.  You'll marvel when a fully clad ship emerges from the mist, complete with a waterfall multi-stories high.  Who could believe a fire-breathing dragon would appear or that silverware could dance or that Cinderella's carriage could carry her to the ball?  You and your big and little ones will be dazzled.  This is Disney, remember, and anything can and will happen.

For tickets ($15-75) to Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main Street in Bridgeport, call 1-800-745-3000  or go online to www.websterbankarena.com.   Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For tickets ($25-80) to the XL Center,  1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, call 1-877-522-8499 or go to www.xl.centerhartford.com.  Performances are  Wednesday to Friday, January 8, 9, 10,  at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Watch the ice explode in a kaleidoscope of color, of costumes, of creativity as "Disney on Ice" sails in on wings of music, magic, dance and drama.  Fairy tales do come true!

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