An annual holiday treat - Disney on Ice - returns today to the Wachovia Center offering a combination of classic and new characters to entertain families.

In town through Jan. 4, "Worlds of Fantasy" showcases classic characters from

Cars,

The Lion King

and

The Little Mermaid

, and introduces the new fairies from this year's

Tinker Bell.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck also will greet the audience with song and dance.

" 'Worlds of Fantasy' connects classic and new Disney stories," producer Kenneth Feld says. "Audiences will be blown away in Radiator Springs when they encounter the unforgettable crew of animated cars, this time built to scale and live on ice. They will see their all-time favorites -

The Little Mermaid

and

The Lion King

- and discover up-close the secret world of Pixie Hollow."

Skater Bryan Scurto plays seven parts in the production. He says each story allows him to deliver something new. "In

The Lion King

story I get to show off my wild side," he said. "And

The Little Mermaid

has such upbeat moves to it. I think it is very fun for the audience to see all the choreography."

If the show's two hours of action on ice is not enough, the production offers the Disney Princess Pre-Show. Featuring an exclusive collection of ballgowns and mementos from the Disney Princess stories, the exhibit will present picture opportunities and a chance to meet a Disney princess.

Disney on Ice's "Worlds of Fantasy" is skating today through Jan. 4 at the Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Showtimes: 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday; 1 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. next Friday and Jan. 3; and 11 a.m. Jan. 4. Tickets: $13-$80. Information: 1-800-298-4200, ComcastTIX.com.