It takes a love of performing, persistence and determination to be a 冰上迪士尼 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.
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
- The average 冰上迪士尼 skater has over 15 years of experience.
- In total, 冰上迪士尼 skaters rehearse for more than 550 hours to prepare for a new tour.
- 冰上迪士尼 skaters spin on average 300 rotations per minute!
- The average 冰上迪士尼 skater flies across the ice at over 20 mph.
- A 冰上迪士尼 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.
ON THE ROAD
- In just one tour, a 冰上迪士尼 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 冰上迪士尼 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 冰上迪士尼 show. He is still performing and to date has logged 6,269 performances.
- 冰上迪士尼 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 冰上迪士尼 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 冰上迪士尼 and throughout the first 10 years.
- The family that skates together stays together… the Santee Family has a legacy of skating with 冰上迪士尼. Mom Jamie Lynn started skating in the very first production of 冰上迪士尼 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 冰上迪士尼.
- 冰上迪士尼 counts over 50 former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls in both lead and ensemble roles. 冰上迪士尼 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 冰上迪士尼 tour has a team of choreographers and directors with serious industry cred. Veteran Choreographer Cindy Stuart worked as a choreographer on nearly 20 冰上迪士尼 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.
- 冰上迪士尼 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.