Special Olympic athletes try out the Disney Ice

Special Olympic athletes try out the Disney Ice

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Disney characters may be the stars, but some South Mississippi special athletes stepped into their spotlight Thursday morning at a "Disney on Ice" skating clinic.

The visiting VIP's were a bit nervous at first, but the Disney team made their special guests feel right at home.

"How long have you been ice skating? No, you don't ice skate," one of the pros joked with Bob McAdo, from Picayune.

There were no skates needed for the event. The pros invited their Special Olympic guests to sit on chairs as they pushed then around the skating rink.

"I'm going to take you for a little spin around the ice," said one of the skaters, as he began pushing an athlete. "Keep your hands in the vehicle at all times."

As the athletes enjoyed their time, any fears they had quickly melted away.

"Alright, here we go. Hang on tight," said Bob McAdo as he started his ride. In just moments, he was gliding across the ice, just like the pros. "I'm in the Special Olympics at the Air Force base," Bob said, "I'm in the shot put and walking events."

Stephanie Davis sure had a ball. Her big smile seemed to fill the arena.

"Disney characters. I love them to death," said Davis, "Yeah, it was cool on the ice."

Following their time on the ice, the VIP's got a personal visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse. All in all, it was a pretty memorable morning.

"Really great to be able to come back out in the community and meet up with everyone and feel the support. It's pretty special," said skater Morgan Bell.

The Disney On Ice show continues through the weekend at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

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