Disney on Ice Back Stage and Facts - Sneak Preview

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ILQ team got a chance to interact with "Disney on Ice" on their sets before the event, so we thought of giving our community a sneak preview of Disney on Ice facts, experience of the sets before the show goes live and wanted share what makes "DISNEY ON ICE" a "100 years of experience..

Ice Floor Fundamentals

Feld Entertainment tours Disney On Ice in more than 60 countries on 6 continents. In many arenas an ice floor is not available. In these cases, we build and maintain an ice floor, also known as tank ice, so that our skating stars can perform classic Disney stories anywhere in the world. Here’s how our Ice Engineers do it:

Equipment
• Two 64-ton refrigeration units
• Water hose and pump
• Aluminum panels

Ice Making Process
• Install the extruded aluminum panels (flat aluminum boards resembling baking sheets) on the floor. The bottoms of the panels are insulated to keep from damaging the arena floor. These can be applied to any floor as long as it is flat.
• The panels have tubes in them that carry chilled glycol. Once the refrigerator units are turned on, the temperature goes down to 12 degrees F.
• Light sprays of water are applied with a hose slightly larger than a normal water hose. The pressure is increased with a pump. The water is allowed to freeze to seal the surface. Once the surface is sealed, heavier coats of water are added until the desired thickness of 1.5 to 2 inches is achieved. When the ice reaches .5 inches, an additive is stirred into the water and applied to make the ice look white. The ice must be kept at this ideal level of thickness. If it’s too thick, it requires more energy to keep frozen and the top layer could potentially melt. If it’s too thin, a skater could break through the ice during a performance.
• The surface temperature is constantly monitored by an Ice Engineer day and night. During intermissions and after each performance of the show, the surface is scraped and resurfaced with hot water to keep it as smooth as possible.

Breakdown of the Ice Floor
• The panels are broken down and taken outside where they can melt without doing damage to the arena. If necessary, the ice is taken to a remote location where it can melt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do Feld Entertainment touring shows travel with equipment to make ice?
• Feld Entertainment only sends ice making equipment to venues that do not have ice-making capabilities of their own.
Q: What’s the difference between a standard zamboni and the zamboni used on tank ice?
• The unit travels with a battery operated resurfacer that is slightly smaller than a normal zamboni but is able to perform the same functions.
Q: How much water is used?
• 12,680 gallons or 48,000 liters
Q: How long does it take?
• The entire process from start to finish takes between 24 and 48 hours. It takes 425 man hours to install, maintain and breakdown the ice floor for a 5 day engagement.
Q: How much does the ice floor weigh?
• Including the panels, the ice floor weighs approximately 140,000 lbs.
Q: Is the ice floor typically the same size or does it vary by venue?
• The size of the ice floor varies depending on the seating configuration of the venue, but it is only variable in the length by 5-foot increments. The width is always the same at 60 feet.
Q: Is special training required to be an Ice Engineer or to install an ice rink?
• Yes you must be a Certified Refrigeration Technician. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers three types of certification (depending on the type of equipment the technician will be operating) and requires passing a comprehensive exam.

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FACTS AND FIGURES
TOUR AND SHOW

Hours it takes to set up the production 10-14
Hours it takes to tear down the production 3-4
Crew members who travel with the production 17
Number of staff members with production 5
Number of concessions members with production 31
Number of trucks it takes to transport production 14
Number of buses it takes to transport cast, crew & staff 3
Number of cities on the 2012-2013 tour 23
Miles traveled during the 2012-2013 tour 12,744 (City to City)
Average distance between cities 422.1
Longest trip of the 2012-2013 tour 1,447 miles (Quebec City, Quebec to Wichita, KS)
Shortest trip of the 2012-2013 tour 41 miles (Oakland to San Jose)
Number of trucks needed to haul equipment 11
Number of computers utilized by management 10
Average size of ice skating surface 68 feet x 140 feet
Number of concessions trailers 3

PERFORMERS

Number of male performers in the production 23
Number of female performers in the production 24
Number of countries represented by cast 10
Age range 18-43
Total number of rehearsal hours by skaters 1,200
Number of synchronized skating Genies 20

COSTUMES
Number of yards of fabric used to make the costumes 1300
Number of costumes in the show 160
Number of costume pieces that make up the costumes 650
Number of costumes per cast member 4-5 average
Number of washers and dryers that travel with the production 3 washers and 3 dryers
Number of costume shops used to make the costumes 8
Total number of people who worked on costumes 1,000
PROPS
Number of different paint colors used on the props 102
Length of Monstro the Whale 35 feet long
Number of motorized floats in It's a Small World production number 3
Number of countries represented in It's a Small World segment 18
Total number of dolls on Small World floats 27
Height of tallest float in It's a Small World 16 feet tall
SET
Yards of fabric used in the stage set curtains 80
Weight of set 8 Tons (16,000)
Height of tallest point of castle set 36 feet tall
Total weight of castle set 20,000 pounds
Dimensions of shimmer scrim curtain 35 feet x 70 feet

LIGHTING
Length of lighting truss 75 feet
Total number of lighting fixtures 600
Total number of available amps 1,600
Number of gobos (special lighting patterns) Used 12 but have over 500 total
Miles of cable 8
Number of computers used to control lights 4
Total number of lighting fixtures in castle stage set only 40 lights used not counting
The rope light.
Total number of amps used by show 1,200
Number of movable lights 118
Number of Alpha 1200 (Washes and Spots lights) 35 washes and 18 spots

SOUND

Number of hard drives 5 (2 playback/1 SFX)
Number of speaker enclosures 37
Number of watts of power for the sound system 78,000
Number of channels on the sound console 16
Number of sound effects added live Over 300
Range of sound (loudest) Approx.102 DB (during finale)

DESIGNER SCOTT LANE DELIVERS A BREATHTAKING WARDROBE THAT MOVES IN DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC

Costume Designer Scott Lane faced quite a challenge when asked to work with the long and varied list of more than 60 characters in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Lane was acutely aware of the role that costumes play in a skater’s performance, as well as the visual effect they have on the audience and the show as a whole. It was not easy, but Lane’s skill for designing costumes that are visually stunning and flexible is culled from almost two decades of designing for parades, orchestras, ice shows and Broadway stage productions.
For Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Lane collaborated closely with the show’s Emmy® Award-winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara to ensure that each and every costume he designed would be conducive to intricate footwork without sacrificing style. “The more comfortable a skater is, the better the performance,” says Lane. “Real people have to wear the costumes. They have to be able to skate as well as do jumps and spins.” He explains, “The wardrobe for the production must be flexible and ‘breathable’ as well as able to withstand the continual moisture of an ice environment.”
Durability is another consideration, as the domestic and international Disney On Ice tours last five years or more. Taking that into consideration, Lane favored sleek, flexible materials like hand-painted spandex and lightweight stretch velvet that would not hinder a skater’s performance. Adorned with heat-pressed rhinestones, iron-on sequins and a host of other accoutrements, the costumes designed for 100 Years of Magic shine under the lights and reflect off the ice, creating a fully integrated visual experience.
For example, Lane used a combination of wintery blue and white, as well as metallic silver and gold, to demonstrate diversity, yet unification amongst the cultures represented in “it’s a small world.” For the characters in Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Lane incorporates “just about every bright color in the rainbow,” to resemble the underwater creatures of the Great Barrier Reef.
“Selecting the appropriate materials and a talented group of people to assemble the costumes were key,” says Lane, who commissioned a staff of more than 1,000 professionals from five different costume shops to successfully create 147 breathtaking and elaborate costumes. Thousands of sequins and a variety of colors and textures are the overriding elements.
“Narrowing a century into a two-hour production that doesn’t blur the mind was the greatest challenge of all,” Lane comments, “but I think we’ve really captured the heart of those years in a way that will dazzle and delight audiences of all ages.”
To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit www.disneyonice.com. Members of the media are encouraged to visit the Press Room at www.feldentertainment.com.
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CHOREOGRAPHER SARAH KAWAHARA:
A LOOK AT HER VISION FOR DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC

The on-ice work of Emmy® Award-winning and Olympic choreographer Sarah Kawahara takes audiences on an unforgettable, imaginative journey down a memory lane of classic and new Disney stories in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this show highlights Kawahara’s clever, innovative and evocative style, which ranges from romantic and playful to dramatic and heroic.
Kawahara, who won two Emmy® Awards for the skating segments in the 2002 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Scott Hamilton: Upside Down, defines choreography for figure skating as “the fusion of music with interpretive movement and the technical elements of skating. It is more than just skating. You define what you want to say and how you want to say it.” Indeed, she takes great pride in her work and has a very clear vision of what she wants each of her projects to accomplish.
Growing up in Montreal, Canada, Kawahara expressed her creativity through piano, violin, ballet, jazz, drama and figure skating. Today, her curiosity, openness and holistic approach can be seen in all aspects of her work. For example, Kawahara feels it is vital to meld the basic components of costume, set, lights, music and skating so they come together seamlessly as a whole experience.
She is also keenly observant and nurturing when working with her impressive roster of international figure skaters. “I really work off the talent of the individual skater to tap into the inner sense of who they are and their own body rhythms,” she explains. “I blend what I have with their strengths and arrive at a new and different place for both of us.”
Kawahara is known for incorporating set pieces into her choreography. “I like to have skaters go in or through the props rather than just working in front of a set. It gives the production more dimension,” she explains.
Speaking about the broad spectrum of her art, Kawahara says, “It’s always interesting to try and create new shapes within the skating language. You can only do that through experimentation.” She adds, “You must grab and hold the attention of the audience…take them with you on a fantastic journey.”
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Here is the sneak preview of the sets before the show commences.

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