The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 15, 2014

Disney's magic coming back


JOHNSTOWN — Well-loved Disney characters will glide onto the ice for magical performances.

“Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic” will be presented March 12-16 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 12-14, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 15, 3 and 7 p.m. March 15 and 1 and 5 p.m. March 16.

General manager Tom Grenell said it has been three years since a Disney On Ice show was at the War Memorial, and it took work to get Disney back to Johnstown.

“We’re so grateful the show could come,” he said.

“No matter what row they’re in, from the first to the top, the audience will make a connection and be wowed.”

Grenell will be present for all eight shows and said each viewing makes him smile.

“No one in the United States does not have a Disney memory,” Grenell said.

“When I see a show, sometimes there are things I’ve forgotten. I remember when Disney was on Sunday nights.”

Grenell can see the shows reaching audiences of all ages, from children to great-grandparents.

“We’re encouraging multigenerational attendance,” he said.

“It’s a special time. All the performances are exactly the same, so families can decide what time fits into their schedules.”

Grenell said shows like this have a great appeal, and each time a Disney show comes to the War Memorial, ticket sales are 90 percent or better for all shows.

“We’re happy with ticket sales,” he added.

“On a show like this, two to three weeks out everything explodes.”

There will be more than 65 Disney characters in this show, taken from movies such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio,” “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Toy Story” series, “Mulan,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Finding Nemo,” “It’s a Small World,” “The Incredibles,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan,” “Fairies,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Tangled.”

“This is a story of the Disney brand,” Grenell said.

“It will tell how Disney came up with the characters – how this lead to this. It’s a magical journey, and it started with the drawing of a mouse.

“All the shows are like a Broadway play on ice. They’re well done and one of the nicest times throughout the year. We’re over the moon about getting it. They bring the magic.”

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