Ice ready for Disney on Ice at Chaifetz Arena

6:15 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) -- Chaifetz Arena doesn't normally have ice, but the arena will for Disney on Ice.  NewsChannel 5 viewer Kathy Elliott, of Wildwood, wanted to know how the ice is made, so Heidi Glaus went to the arena to find out first hand in this week's Hey Heidi! report. 

This year alone Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will skate into 36 cities.  The sort of interesting thing is four of the arenas, including Chaifetz Arena, don't have ice, well at least it didn't Monday morning.

"You'll have 30 foot panels, a foot wide, and that basically sets your flooring," explains Shaun Tilley, stage manager for Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove.

The panels have tubes in them that carry chilled glycol, and once the refrigerator units are turned on, the temperature drops to 12 degrees.

"And then they'll start watering," Tilley says.

They walk in little rubber cleats with hoses in hand from one end of the rink to the other, over and over and over again.

"They'll water for two days solid basically," Tilley adds.

By the time it's all said and done more than 12,000 gallons of water will have been sprayed and then frozen. Taking the rink out is a little easier.

"They actually will make it even colder and then break it up and then take it outside and let nature run it's course," Tilley explains.

So Mickey and Minnie might melt your heart this weekend, but only mother natures will melt this ice. 

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove begins September 20 and runs through September 23.

If you have a Hey Heidi! question, email Heidi Glaus at hglaus@ksdk.com.

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