Christmas magic arrives for North East Sight Matters

Young person smiling and wearing Mickey Mouse ears

Young person smiling and wearing Mickey Mouse ears

Social enterprise company North East Sight Matters has joined forces with Disney On Ice to offer an exclusive VIP invitation to sight impaired youngsters and their families.

North East Sight Matters (NESM) works with visually impaired children, young people, and their families to improve their opportunities in life.

NESM strives to create accessible, safe environments for sight impaired children and young people to enable them to try different experiences in order to inspire their creativity, encouraging more independence and self-awareness.

A group of ten young guests from NESM will be VIP guests of Disney On Ice, which arrives at the Utilita Arena, Newcastle this December as part of a national UK Tour.

The youngsters have been invited to attend a private behind-the-scenes afternoon tour, enabling exclusive access to costumes, props and show characters, as well as hearing how the exciting ice spectacular is produced from the sound, lighting and special effects teams.

That evening, the guests will take their seats to the show, alongside their families, to experience this glorious ice spectacular which features favourite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie and many more, highlighting the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

“We love organising exciting, stimulating events for our young people and their families, and being able to join forces with the most famous mouse in the world is a big achievement! The response from the children when we announced we were having this exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity and then going to see the show was truly amazing. They are all thoroughly looking forward to it and can’t wait for this pre-Christmas treat!”

Penny Dane, Director at NESM

The children were told about their VIP surprise trip to Disney On Ice at an afternoon tea party, hosted by North East Sight Matters.

Six year old Hope Smith, from Hartlepool, was very excited about seeing her favourite Disney story Frozen brought to life on ice, while eleven year old Oscar Bulmer, from Co. Durham, was most looking forward to seeing the festivities of Dia de los Meurtos in Coco. Ten year old Teddy Berriman, also from Durham, said he liked all of the action in the show, whilst Freya Carr-Wright, eleven, from Gateshead, declared: “It’s just going to be so magical”

“We are absolutely delighted to invite our friends from North East Sight Matters to enjoy the experience of a private preview behind the scenes of Dream Big, getting up-close and personal with many aspects of this show, which captures the magic of Disney’s immortal tales through cutting edge figure-skating, glamorous costumes and stunning set designs. I’m sure this trip will make many much-loved memories for all of the families involved. That’s the magic of Disney On Ice!”

Steven Armstrong, Regional Vice-President of Feld Entertainment, producers of Disney On Ice,

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