Disney on Ice in Moline “will have a special surprise during the Coco portion of the show”


One of the things everyone learns from any Disney movie or cartoon is to never stop dreaming and always dream big. Mark your calendar because your dreams are about to come true. The magic of Disney on Ice is back in the Quad Cities with its new production called Dream Big. This year there will be seven shows on December 5-8 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. 

Dream Big will have Mickey and Minne and everyone’s favorite princesses. In addition, there will be Anna, Elsa and Olaf and new this year there are performances by Moana and everyone’s favorite aspiring musician Miguel from the movie Coco. 

“Disney on Ice brings many different classic stories [to live],” Ruben Barrera one of the skaters with Disney on Ice explained. 

Mr. Barrera has been touring with Disney on Ice for 3 years now. Originally from Madrid, Spain, he started to skate at seven years old. In fact, Mr. Barrera said that he wanted to learn to skate after he saw one of the Disney on Ice shows. He explained that he was enchanted with the magic of Disney and he asked his mother to buy him skates. He took skating lessons and was competing in many national competitions. He even won second place in the National Skating Championships in Spain.

“Skating is part of my life,” Ruben Barrera stated. 

When Disney on Ice had auditions, he went and passed the audition becoming one of the skaters with the company. 

“[Since then] I have been transmitting the magic of Disney on Ice,” Mr. Barrera said.


Barrera loves Disney characters and the magic they bring to kids. 

“The show might last only 2 hours, but the memories it leaves last a lifetime,” Ruben Barrera assured. 

He explained that Disney on Ice Dream Big will be a lot of fun representing many different Disney movies and the special effects of the show will leave audiences in awe. Of course, no Disney show can be without the most iconic Disney princesses, but also this year expect Miguel and dancing skeletons on ice, from Coco, and Aladdin with Abu doing mischievous tricks. 

“There will be Maleficent and Ursula, Mickey and Minnie, Moana and Miguel. There will be something for everyone. There will also be a special surprise during the Coco portion of the performance, but I will not tell you what it is,” Ruben Barrera shared with a laugh, adding that one has to go to see the show to know what the surprise will be.


“Don’t miss the opportunity to see Disney on Ice Dream Big,” Ruben Barrera invites everyone in the Quad Cities to go to the show. “I hope everyone will come and enjoy this great dream.”

Disney on Ice Dream Big will be at the TaxSlayer Center located at 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL from December 5-8. The performance schedule is Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 pm, Friday, December 6 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 7 at 11:00am, 3:00pm, and 7:00pm, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and start only at $15. The tickets can be purchased at the TaxSlayer Center box office or ticketmaster.com. you can also call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For more information about Disney on Ice please, visit www.DisneyOnIce.com

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