A century of magic will come to life January 8-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic in a skating extravaganza! Get your tickets here.
Glowing with majesty on the ice will be skater Brittany Fullgrapp. The 26 year old follows in her mom, Cynthia’s skate steps. Mom skated and toured with Disney for 16 years. I talked with daughter Brittany by phone during a tour stop in my hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The third oldest of four girls, Brittany and her three sisters ALL skate. “I’ve seen video of the different places where my mom would skate and of my sisters on tour,” Brittany reflected. Of the four girls, Brittany is the only one who skates competitively. She laced up her skates at six years old and since then, the ice rink has been her home. “I always knew I wanted to join Disney On Ice,” Brittany said, now in her fifth year with Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Disney On Ice.
The performance gene seems to be an inherent quality in Brittany’s family. Aside from mom being a professional skater, Brittany shared with me that her grandparents were performers with Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus. “To be third generation, it’s great,” she said.
Brittany and the Disney On Ice star-studded cast get to create lasting memories for fans of all ages. During the 100 Year celebration, audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney, as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters, starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.
Brittany thrives on seeing the crowd participation. “You can look out into the audience and see a nine year old to a 90 year old. It’s uplifting. We get you on your feet. You’ll be dancing. It’s definitely 100 years of magic,” she stated excitedly.
For 20 years, Brittany has been on the ice. She credits her parents for supporting her dream. “They spent a lot of money, taking me to competitions and they never gave up on me,” she said. That family support, she says, is also a common theme with the performers on the Disney On Ice tour. “We all help each other through the holidays. It’s a different way of living but a great way of living,” she said, adding that it’s tough being away from her family.”
Brittany continues to live her dream on the ice. She advices young people to live theirs. “Follow your heart. And when things get hard [as they will], don’t change paths, stay focused to see it to the end.”
See Brittany, Mickey, Minnie and all the performers at the Q Arena. Tickets start at $15 for opening night, January 8 and $12 kid’s tickets for weekday performances and starting at $20 for all other performances.