When “Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic” comes to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, it’ll honor a century of memorable movies with timeless songs and smooth skating.
The tour takes up residence at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. venue for eight shows over five days, running Wednesday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets start at just $15, making it a budget-friendly post-holiday outing for the whole family.
Marcus Mimidis, a native of Lancaster, will return to his home state to perform in the show’s ensemble. It marks his first time hitting the ice in the Wilkes-Barre area, which will be “new and exciting,” he said during a recent phone interview from Boston.
Mimidis said audiences can find him in several segments throughout the night, including the opening number in which he plays a member of Mickey Mouse’s marching band. He’ll also appear as a citizen of Arendelle later during a “Frozen” piece and as a Chinese soldier in a “Mulan” moment.
“This is a variety show, so you’re going to see the most characters,” especially compared to past “Disney on Ice” tours, Mimidis promised. “We have 50 characters, 14 different stories, and we go as far back as ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Snow White’ (and) ‘The Lion King’ but also include more modern tales, like ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘(Tangled)’ and ‘Frozen.’ There really is something for all generations.”
Watching families in the audience is one of his favorite parts about participating in the Disney tours, Mimidis said.
“To see their reactions, everyone sandwiched together — parents and their reaction to their children seeing their favorite characters — everyone is in a good space and happy place,” he said. “It’s also nostalgic for the parents.”
Mimidis got his start in skating at 9 years old after watching the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Now a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, he skated competitively for years before joining “Disney on Ice,” having previously performed in the “Princesses and Heroes” tour before “100 Years of Magic.”
Traveling the country with fellow figure skaters of similar backgrounds has been a gratifying experience, he said, and being part of the Disney family has changed him for the better.
“It’s quite rewarding to be part of the show. After training for so many years and competing for so many years, I kind of have a different respect for skating and using my talents in a different way,” Mimidis said. “It’s really cool to work with other skaters who understand, and we share that and … learn from each other. I’m definitely more outgoing on the ice in my performances. I let myself go and get into characters more. It’s funny because after the shows, parents come up to us and tell us how their kids pretend play as if they are Disney characters on ice and this makes me very happy to hear. As long as the kids are having a good time, that’s all that matters. It’s not as stressful, because I don’t put pressure on myself to be perfect like I would in competitions.”