Behind The Scenes For Disney On Ice

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

October 19, 2006

All your favorite Disney characters from the past 100 years are joining together to put on a show that delights all the senses. Fourteen hours of set-up, 1,200 hours of rehearsal, and four miles of cable...that is just some of what is needed to put together a show that combines 100 years of your favorite Disney stories.

A show this big and this complex is no small small undertaking.

Performance Director, Cory Obst is the point man for all these production pieces starting with the so-called canvas of the show, the ice, which they make and put in themselves.

"Just like in your refrigerator at home there are tubes that run through it to keep cool," explained Obst. "That is what we do here, then we throw water on top of it and keep layering it on until it is about an inch, or inch and a quarter thick."

The ice acts as a projection surface that highlights the 147 sparkling costumes and 20,000 pound castle that takes eight to ten people about six hours to put together.

Of course, there is the choreography and the training of the skaters, which can be pretty grueling.

"The ice is slippery, and of course we fall. Does it hurt? Yes it hurts!" admitted Obst. "But we never show it. We get up and keep going."

All this collaboration of hard work, most times fun, sometimes not, comes together to form a collaboration of stories familiar to those around the world.

Tickets are still available for the Thursday and Friday night shows at 7 p.m., and also for the three weekend shows. Prices range from $12.00 to $32.00.

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