An entire arena filled with princesses, tiaras and glittering costumes may sound overwhelmingly "girly" to some, but skater Sasha Kowal disagrees.
Fire-breathing dragons, stunts, special effects and villainous foes make Disney on Ice presents "Princesses & Heroes" a dramatic event, she said.
"There's something for everyone in this show - boys, girls, young, old - and I think just about anyone can enjoy it," she said.
Kowal said she grew up with a pair of ice skates on her feet, so the opportunity to skate professionally was a dream-come-true. She has toured with Disney on Ice for 10 years.
"It's Disney, so it's magical," she said. "The looks not only on the kids' faces, but the adults, is wonderful to see."
Disney on Ice presents "Princesses & Heroes" opened Wednesday at the Giant Center in Hershey, and will run through Sunday.
The show features familiar names from Disney's pantheon of princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and more - as well as their dashing princes. The drama the heroes bring to the show, Kowal said, makes it appealing to a wider gender-set.
"There's real athleticism when you see the show," she said.
The Hershey show is particularly special for Kowal, who grew up in Nazareth, Pa. - an approximate 90 minute drive away.
"My family will be at the show," Kowal said. "I'm very excited."
She said her grandmother may be "a bit biased," but she loves the show.
"You don't have to be a kid to love the romance, the costumes and the action," she said. "You can be any age."
Making the show accessible to everyone is a goal Disney on Ice also shares with visually and physically impaired children Brand Manager Hallie Schorman said in a recent email.
As part of the show's "Touch Tour," 40 children from the VisionCorps preschool will be brought down to the ice Friday, where they will be able to interact and touch with the props, costumes and characters, so they can "see" the show for themselves.
"It's like watching a fairy tale," Kowal said. "It's magical."
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