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COOL FACTS ABOUT DISNEY ON ICE SKATERS

Cool Facts about Disney On Ice Skaters

It takes a love of performing, persistence and determination to be a Disney On Ice skater. Our professional skaters have been bringing beloved characters to life on ice since 1981, while showcasing awesome skills and complex skating maneuvers for audiences around the world. 

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Skills & Expertise

  • The average Disney On Ice skater has over 15 years of experience.
  • In total, Disney On Ice skaters rehearse for more than 550 hours to prepare for a new tour.  
  • Disney On Ice skaters spin on average 300 rotations per minute! 
  • The average Disney On Ice skater flies across the ice at over 20 mph. 
  • A Disney On Ice skater has to have technical chops, passion and…strength. Some performance costumes weigh up to 50 pounds!
  • Some skaters perform multiple roles in a single show, which means that they have become quick change artists. Skaters need to be able to change costumes in under 30 seconds, and can do their makeup in less than 3 minutes.  

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On the Road

  • In just one tour, a Disney On Ice performer will travel an average 13,860 miles. That’s the equivalent of driving between Disney World and Disneyland nearly 6 times! 
  • And during the average career of a Disney On Ice skater, on average, a professional skater will travel over 280,000 miles! 
  • Professional skater Isao Matsuura holds the record for longest time on a single Disney On Ice show. He is still performing and to date has logged 6,269 performances.  
  • Disney On Ice skaters have performed for more than 320 million guests throughout 68 countries in more than 545 cities and 40 languages since the show first opened in 1981. 

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Did You Know?

  • Disney On Ice is the largest employer of professional figure skaters in the world, representing 48 countries over the past 40 years.  
  • Two-time World Champion, Four-Time U.S. Champion and Olympic Medalist Linda Fratianne was a featured skater in the inaugural production of Disney On Ice and throughout the first 10 years. 
  • The family that skates together stays together... the Santee Family has a legacy of skating with Disney On Ice. Mom Jamie Lynn started skating in the very first production of Disney On Ice in 1981 (Disney World On Ice) and Dad Jimmie joined in 1983 with Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom on Ice.  Fast forward more than 3 decades later and their children, Ryan, Sarah and Jessie are all now skating professionally with Disney On Ice.  
  • Disney On Ice counts over 50 former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls in both lead and ensemble roles. Disney On Ice gives these former competitors the opportunity to continue displaying, perfecting and refining their unique skills. This time though they've traded in being scored by judges to impressing and bringing smiles to families around the world. 
  • Each Disney On Ice tour has a team of choreographers and directors with serious industry cred. Veteran Choreographer Cindy Stuart worked as a choreographer on nearly 20 Disney On Ice productions.  Her additional choreography credits include creating routines for two-time Olympic Gold medalist Katarina Witt, Olympic Bronze medalist Joannie Rochette, World and Olympic Champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, Olympic Champions Jamie Salé and David Pelletier and 2022 Olympian Alysa Liu. 
  • Disney On Ice has featured some impressive guest appearances over the past 4 decades, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Katarina Witt and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Phillippe Candeloro.  
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