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Delhi kids rock & roll with Disney stars

The much-recognised and loved Disney stars took centre stage in the city on Sunday, reports Vibhuti Agarwal.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 16:36 IST

Fantasmic! Salute the world of Disney magic. On the occasion of the vibrant and colourful festival, Makar Sakaranti, the kids in Delhi experienced classic Disney magic as the much-recognised and loved Disney stars took centre stage at the national capital's Ansal Plaza.

From rock 'n' roll fantasy to Bollywood-style stage spectaculars, these Disney stars enthralled the audience in a 35-minute music and dance extravaganza—Disney Magic—presented by Disney Channel.

"The whole concept behind the show is to contemporise and re-invent the Disney theme. We are just making an attempt to cater to what kids and parents want. It's all about knowing your audience well," says Tom Vazzana, show director, HKDL, Asian Pacific Special Events.

 

The dancing Disney stars

Joining their playhouse pals, children of the city bopped along to the playful tunes with Live performances from universally loved Disney stars—Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Chip n Dale.

Kaira Biswas, a kindergarten student in Vasant Valley says, "I find Mickey Mouse to be the cutest. I've come to shake hands with him as I've seen him only on television."

While Kaira is a die-hard fan of Mickey, her friend Vedaneca can hardly contain her feelings about her favourite Disney toon: "I find Minnie Mouse to be the most adorable. Today, I'm dressed like Minnie Mouse. Since Mickey and Minnie are best friends, I've come to watch the show with my best friend."

The ever-cheerful stars forged ahead full steam with the Disney classic Feel the magic and then rocked on with the dance hit Hot Hot Hot. Jumpin Jam, an original Disney song creation, followed this. What's more, Minnie Mouse and Chip n Dale had created a special Bollywood medley featuring two hit songs, Just Chill and Dus Bahane.

The parents experienced tremendous satisfaction as their children plunged into the midst of a colourful stage extravaganza.

"It is heartening to see the kids' eyes light up with happiness and laughter. I feel I've made full use of my weekend," says Geetika Sakuja, mother of four-year-old Prerna Sakuja.

The event was a jamboree of sorts with plenty of games and stalls in the adjoining area, adding to the festivities and celebrations.

After all the dancing, the ecstatic kids and their families got their moment under flashlights when they met the Disney stars personally.

"Donald and Goofy are my favourite characters. Shaking hands with them is like a dream come true," says a three-year-old Saiyna Khanna.

The journey into this magical world got all the more exciting as the lucky winners of the Disney Channel contest got an opportunity to get photographed on stage with their favourite stars.

Tushar Shah, Director Marketing and Communications, Walt Disney Television exults, "We hope to bring cheer and joy on the faces of the tiny tots. India is the first country where Disney magic captured everybody as part of the six-nation tour in the Asian Pacific region. The feedback is also phenomenal."

The Disney Magic was definitely a sight to behold, a sea of happy and smiling faces of not just kids but adults who walked back into their childhood. So when you share such an experience as part of a magical gathering - that's entertainment for sure!

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 23:30 IST