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Disney on Ice: Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey

What do London, Hawaii, Africa and the bottom of the sea have in common?

Those are the places Mickey and Minnie Mouse will take their audience this weekend during Disney on Ice presents Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey.

Starting tonight at the Columbus Civic Center, Disney's most recognizable couple will take the audience through four other beloved Disney tales: "Peter Pan," "Lilo & Stitch," "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid."

"You feel like you are being transported in time with Mickey and Minnie," said Crystal Drake, Southeast regional public relations manager for Feld Entertainment, the company responsible for the Disney on Ice show.

Though her role is "totally behind the scenes," Drake said there are about 35 performers in this weekend's show. The audience can expect to see favorite characters such as Nala, Simba, Peter Pan, Ariel and Stitch -- Drake said Magical Journey is the first show that features this combination of stories together.

"Luckily, each show is very different," she said. "You will never see the same show twice."

The performers and crew have spent months rehearsing for the tour, which kicked off in August, but Drake said they're always practicing and tweaking the show "to appear as fresh and beautiful as possible to the audience."

What Drake loves most about the Magical Journey is how captivating the scenes are.

"Each of these destinations is an opportunity to get lost in the show," she said. "It really is evocative of these beloved stories."

Special event

In addition to the shows, the Disney on Ice crew will be on hand today before the show's premiere to help the Columbus Ice Rink celebrate its first anniversary.

"We love to reach out to the community," said Drake. The pre-show event will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Ice Rink and will feature some of the Disney on Ice members talking about their jobs and answering questions. There will also be a special guest appearance and a chance for guests to skate for free. Skate rental will be available for $3.

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