By Annika Tomlin
Some of your childhood’s most iconic and beloved animated characters are coming back to the Valley for a chance to reinvent their enchanting on-screen moments.
Disney on Ice is presenting “Celebrate Memories” from Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Grant Marron, a third-generation skater, is keeping the skating tradition going as he gears up to perform in his old stomping grounds.
“This is going to be very special to me because I actually started my skating career in America West Arena, which is now Talking Stick Resort Arena,” Marron says. “That’s exactly where I started my career, and I’m very excited to come full circle and play for my hometown audience.”
Growing up in Phoenix, Marron started skating with the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona at a young age—and hasn’t looked back since.
“I’ve been skating since I was 8, which is a bit late for most figure skaters,” Marron says.
Since 2012, Marron has been in other Disney on Ice productions such as “Mickey’s Super Celebration” and “Passport to Adventure.”
He has played several Disney characters including Prince Eric from “The Little Mermaid” and Prince Hans from “Frozen.”
For “Celebrate Memories,” Marron will portray Prince Charming from “Cinderella.”
“Being able to do that, to get into a production number is very special because I get to bring everyone’s favorite Disney characters to life and make a very special memory for somebody,” Marron says.
“Celebrate Memories” brings to the rink stars from “Toy Story,” “Moana,” “Frozen,” “Fantasia,” “Inside Out” and Finding Dory,” as well as the Disney Princesses, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goof—all recreating iconic memories from their on-screen characters.
While on the road for nine months, Marron misses the ease of having on-demand access to his kitchen and laundry.
“I can cook and wash whenever I want,” Marron says. “When you are living out of a hotel with two suitcases, those things become a challenge.”
When he’s not a prince skating around the rink, Marron enjoys playing cards with his cast mates and watching movies on his laptop.
Marron has traveled around the world to perform in the various Disney on Ice productions for the past eight years.
“I’ve played for millions of people in 25 different languages on every inhabitable continent,” Marron says.
Because the skating lifestyle is demanding on the body, Marron has had two knee surgeries on the same knee.
“Thankfully no arthritis in the knee,” Marron says, adding that he still pops his knee as a pre-performance ritual before every show.
Marron hopes that the audience will appreciate the effort and work that goes into putting on the performances.
“I’m at the point in my career where I’m a seasoned performer and I try to share my experience with other people in my unit,” Maron says. “I also want to bring my love for skating and my love for performances to other people.”
Disney on Ice presents “Celebrate Memories,” Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7900, disneyonice.com, various times Thursday, March 12, to Saturday, March 14, tickets start at $20, with VIP Experience tickets available.