Disney movies allow viewers to enter other worlds and get to know
the characters. The “Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment” tour brings these stories before audiences, but in a different way.
The ice skating tour will immerse audiences in “Cars,” “Toy Story 3,” “The
Little Mermaid” and “Frozen” during
The production spotlights beloved characters such as Lightning McQueen and Mater from “Cars,” Ariel and Flounder from “The Little Mermaid,” Buzz Lightyear and Woody from “Toy Story 3” and Olaf, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff from “Frozen.”
Audience members are encouraged to sing and dance along as ice skaters
perform to songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Let It Go.” In the show, the ensemble members play multiple characters and help to capture the mood in
Ensemble member and Line Captain Chelsea Ridley says it is important for
performers to be in sync, especially during big numbers.
“I feel like it looks like a school of fish,” Ridley says. “Everyone is moving together and in sync. That’s something that we definitely work on week to week and is a skill that grows stronger as the tour goes.”
Ridley, who loved “The Little Mermaid” growing up, says audience members often get excited when they can connect with their favorite
“It’s the stories that some of us grew up with, and then there are new
stories that the younger ones know. So, everyone gets to have something that they love and can share together,” Ridley says.
Each “Disney on Ice” show is slightly different in style and tone. Ridley made her debut as Princess Tiana in “Disney on Ice presents Dream Big.”
Originally from Illinois, Ridley won silver and gold medals as a competitive
skater. She started skating when she was 4 years old and was inspired at a young age by superstar French skater Surya Bonaly.
When she started with “Disney on Ice,” she found performance-level skating to be different than competitive skating because of the level of emotion needed.
“We are athletes, and everything we are doing out there is very technical,
and it takes a lot of strength and training,” Ridley says. “But you have to have that acting component because you have to bring everything to life. You are in this big arena. You have to learn how to make sure everyone can see what you are doing, telling that story with your body language as well as your face.”
Ridley says although she always enjoyed competitive skating, performance-style skating has allowed her to expand on her abilities.
“Yes, I do love the competition side, the strength in how you have to work super hard and train for that one moment,” Ridley says. “I also really love the artistry, being able to tell stories to your audience and being able to captivate your audience in that way.”
The dancers in the show come from different parts of the world and have
varying backgrounds. Many of them have skated competitively. In the show, they use their training to make intricate jumps and turns look flawless.
“A lot of the technical stuff I feel like people don’t notice so much because
we do it with such ease, but what we’re doing out there is actually quite difficult,” Ridley says.
Ridley says daily demands make performance skating
“The thing that may be the most difficult is keeping the energy up,” Ridley says. “When you are on the performance side, you have to be on every night, multiple times a day. Because even though we’ve done the show tons of times, it’s the first time the audience is seeing that show. So, you have to be spot on every night. It makes it so much easier when you have an audience that is loving it, and they are just living in the moment with you.”
“Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment”
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 1.800.745.3000, disneyonice.com, various times Thursday, April 11, to Sunday, April 14,
tickets start at $20.