New ice show a blitz of sensations at Busch Gardens

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"It's real ice. It's not synthetic ice or what is often referred to as 'glice,'" says creative director Scott Swenson. It weighs in at 4 tons, he says.

"People don't realize when you have such a massive piece of ice not only how much it weighs but how much water it takes to make something like that," he says. "It's roughly 10,000 gallons of water to make 4 tons of ice."

Maintenance is done multiple times daily to keep the surface as smooth as possible for the skaters and the rest of the cast, he says.

There's a small non-icy rim at the downstage edge that some of the animals walk across.

"And some of them just fly over the ice," Swenson says.


Where: In the Moroccan Palace Theatre at Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa

When: Three to five shows daily.

Cost: Included in regular park admission — one-day admission is $77.99 general, $67.99 ages 3-9

Phone: 813-987-5082

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