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‘Cars,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Mermaid’ and ‘Toy Story’ characters come to life in ‘Disney on Ice’ show

A scene from “Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment.” (Courtesy of Feld Entertainment)

Morgan Johnson fell into ice skating.

Her older brother was taking lessons, and she joined and quickly found herself smitten with life on the ice.

As a teen, she competed, but competition never felt right for her.

Today, at 21, she is an ensemble member of the traveling ice-skating show “Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment.” It makes a stop at Santa Ana Star Center on Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.

“Being an ensemble skater, we have so many quick changes,” she says. “I have to be able to get in and out of a costume within 25 seconds. It’s stressful, but once you get back out on the ice, a big smile is there.”

Morgan Johnson

The traveling show takes audiences on a trip through four famous Disney worlds.

The first is where Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before.

Then, join Ariel as she dives into the underwater kingdom of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Audiences will cheer on Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and other favorites from the “Toy Story” gang as they try to escape from Sunnyside Daycare in one of their most daring adventures ever from “Toy Story 3.”

The final destination is in the world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa from the Oscar-winning Disney’s “Frozen.” The skit follows Anna as she embarks on an epic journey with the hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain man Kristoff to find her sister, the magical Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

“These are all classics,” Johnson says. “I grew up with these films and going to see ‘Disney on Ice’ with my family. I always looked up to the skaters, and now I find myself able to be that point of inspiration for others. It’s a surreal feeling.”

Johnson switches from the role of a green Army soldier in “Toy Story 3” to that of a sea creature in “The Little Mermaid.”

“I find myself singing and humming along to the music,” she says. “I’m also grateful that on our days off or on downtime, we have access to the rink so we can finesse our skating. I’m getting paid to do what I love while traveling around the country. I never thought I’d see so much at my age.”

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