Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Ciara Pinckney performs with Disney on Ice

By Kamryn Guye

Disney on Ice’s “Road Trip Adventures” will visit the Greensboro Coliseum and PNC Arena in Raleigh in the next few weeks. [Muffy Lavens / Feld Entertainment

Disney is a household staple for millions of families across the globe.
   Most young girls have dressed up as their favorite princesses, played with princess dolls and watched Disney movies for hours on end.
   And for some, a trip to a Disney theme park was the vacation of a lifetime.
   But for skater, Ciara Pinckney, her favorite part of Disney wasn’t the movies or the parks. It was Disney on Ice.
   “I come from a huge Disney family. I pretty much grew up skating, and I grew up in the parks. I always got Disney on Ice tickets every year for Christmas and they came through my hometown every February. I’ve never not gone to Disney on Ice.”
   Pinckney has been skating with Disney on Ice for the last three years. She began skating at age 7 when an ice rink opened in her hometown of South Charleston, WV. She went on opening day and has skated ever since.
   She plays Princess Tiana and one of Elsa’s Snowflakes in Disney on Ice’s newest production, “Road Trip Adventures.”
   “The most physically demanding part of the show is the ariel orb, but it’s also the most rewarding part,” she said. “We train for 12 weeks out of the summer to learn to do the orbs.”
   “Road Trip Adventures” was created by FELD Entertainment, and is the newest Disney on Ice show.
   “The show is literally a big road trip. The audience is immersed into Disney and taken into something they know and love,” she said.
   The show also is highly interactive.
   When attending the show, Pinckney said that she wants the audience to be in the moment.
      “When you come, watch, interact and be present. There’s so much interaction in the show. You have to keep your eyes peeled because you never know what you’ll see.”
   And although the job is physically demanding and time-consuming, she said that the reactions from the crowd are always her favorite part of the show.
   “I love the Princess Power segment right before the finale,” she said. “There’s just so much excitement and kids are dancing and blowing kisses from the side, even the parents get excited. Everyone is screaming the names of their favorite princess, so the reactions are definitely my favorite part.”
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 2019, at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro; and 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 15, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Tickets range from $15 to $75 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Kamryn Guye is a senior at Williams High School and a Times-News intern. 
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