Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:37 pm
For more than five decades, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has set the industry’s standard for delivering unforgettable entertainment experiences, with Broadway-style stage spectaculars like KaTonga: Musical Tales From the Jungle and innovative ice shows like World Rhythms on Ice. This winter, the park will combine some of the most amazing aspects of its entertainment history and debut its biggest ice show to date: Iceploration takes the stage on Feb. 2, 2012.
Starting February 2, a cast of 20 brings to life an all-new adventure filled with world-class skaters, amazing aerial performances, master puppetry and live animal stars, with shows daily in the Moroccan Palace.
“The grand scale of Iceploration sets a new standard of entertainment that further solidifies Busch Gardens as one of Florida’s premier theme parks,” said Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean. “This show reintroduces the ice show to our most loyal fans while bringing together the things Busch Gardens stage productions do best: world-class entertainment with top-notch skaters, amazing costumes, original music, larger-than-life puppets and even animal stars.”
Iceploration inspires audiences to “explore the world” on a 30-minute journey to the four corners of the earth. This multi-sensory story, told through theatrical skating and an all-new original score, is the collaboration of an award-winning creative team with Broadway credentials, including Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Best Costume Design Tony winner 2007; Legally Blonde the Musical, Best Costume Design Tony nominee 2007).
The 30-minute show opens with Austin, a digital-savvy preteen, explaining how technology has made his generation more connected to the world than ever before. But his grandfather – and old-world explorer – argues that the boy is more disconnected than he realizes, and takes him on an adventure around the globe. Through their travels they visit the African Serengeti, Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic and the Amazon rainforest.
The adventure unfolds as they arrive in the African Serengeti. Here, larger-than-life puppets and spectacular set design bring elephants and other awe-inspiring animals to life at a watering hole. Solo and chorus skating performances accompanied by acrobatics tell an anecdote of an agile cheetah stalking graceful gazelles and meerkats.
Austin and Grandpa then dive into the Great Barrier Reef to explore the harmony of life on the ocean floor. An amazing black light transition and never-before-seen helium-filled puppets immerse the audience in the wonders of the sea, filled with parrotfish and lionfish, sea urchins, turtles and a moray eel.
In the Arctic, majestic skaters become striking snow flurries as a winter storm threatens the travelers. Austin and Grandpa witness even more beauty as they encounter the Aurora Borealis phenomenon, represented with theatrical lighting and projections. Then, they share the stage with amazing live animal stars, including a Siberian lynx and a sled of Siberian huskies as they continue to traverse the tundra.
Austin and Grandpa wrap up their adventure around the globe immersed in the lush, tropical Amazon Rainforest. Squirrel monkeys, sun conures and colorful macaws fill the air as playful frogs and a graceful dragonfly skate into the grand finale: a new signature song called “Meet the World.”
Construction has already begun to transform the Moroccan Palace into the icy new site for this ground-breaking show, as well as an exciting version of Busch Gardens’ classic holiday ice show. This holiday season, the Moroccan Palace will host Christmas on Ice with several shows daily from November 21 to January 1.
Iceploration performances are included with any daily park admission or annual Pass. For more information, visit BuschGardens.com
Over the next few months, Busch Gardens will be sharing more details about this amazing new show. If you’re not already a fan, “Like” Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Facebook to get all of the latest updates.
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:18 pm
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:09 pm
TAMPA, Florida -- An Adventure Island employee has died after being struck by lightning on Saturday.
The sheriff's office released a statement saying in part," Justin showed great promise as a young man and he cared a great deal about the safety of others. His actions not only to save the lives of the people in the park but his entire life demonstrated that he is and will always be a hero. His strong faith led him to live a courageous life of service. There is no question he is in the comfort of our Lord looking down on us."
Tampa Fire Rescue says the 21-year-old male lifeguard supervisor went into cardiac arrest after being struck while standing in about 2-3 feet of water while working on the Key West Rapids Ride. Park employees removed the man from the water and began CPR before Fire Rescue arrived.
The employee was taken to University Community Hospital, where he later died. His name has not yet been released.
Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Park President Jim Dean says that this is the first incident on its kind at the park. He adds that the park has a system that monitors wind, lightning and other conditions that may affect guest and employee safety, and that all of Adventure Island's rides are closed if lightning is detected in the area.
Dean said today in a statement, "We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of our employee and will do everything possible to assist them in this difficult time."
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Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:56 am
SharkTums wrote:^^Remember Key West Rapids is a REALLY messed up ride. Did anyone ride it when it had those four interlocking tubes? Basically a bad ancestor of the cloverleaf technology.
There are several sections with standing water 2-3 feet deep which requires that a real lifeguard be there and not leave any guests in the area. I'm assuming he was in one of those sections (again there are several) and had to wait for the all clear that guests were off the tower and slide completely.
Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:50 am
Jay20016 wrote: I just find it odd to have "measures in place" for lightning but then have your employee in 2-3 feet of water....
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:04 am