Imaginations soar with ‘Worlds of Fantasy’

You’ll swim without getting water up your nose and hang out in the Serengeti without breaking a sweat.

How? Check out “Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy,” which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Columbus Civic Center.

“The show has something for boys and girls of all ages,” said Soniah Spence, a principal skater with “Worlds of Fantasy.”

Yep, even the big kids.

“You’d be surprised. The parents are up screaming,” Spence added.

In the show, Spence portrays Iridessa the Light Fairy, one of Tinker Bell’s friends. Iridessa is one of five new Disney Fairies.

“Worlds of Fantasy” travels across a variety of Disney scenes. Expect moments from “Cars,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid” and Tinker Bell’s Pixie Hollow.

Not into the frilly stuff? Try the special effects.

As usual, the production includes music and lots of eye-catching draws, namely real running vehicles modeled after the ones in the Disney/Pixar film “Cars.”

“The cars are amazing,” Spence said. “You can see the jaw-dropping reaction as soon as they go out there.”

Spence, 20, hails from Springfield, Tenn. “Worlds of Fantasy” is the former competitive skater’s first ice show.

“I like to perform,” she explained. “It was just a dream to be able to perform in front of a big crowd.”

So far, the experience has yielded lots of surprises — “it’s never the same,” Spence said of her busy schedule on the road — as well as a strong camaraderie between skaters.

“It’s like having a whole new family,” Spence said, adding that the show includes performers from places like Canada, Europe and Japan.

Spence already has some especially poignant memories of the way young fans admire Disney characters and the ice show.

“It’s the best reaction,” she said. “You just want to keep them smiling.”

With those smiles in mind, Spence tells families that “Worlds of Fantasy” can be a nice brief vacation from real life.

“Everybody needs a chance to use their imagination,” she said.

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