TAMPA, Fla.  (CBS Tampa) –  Busch Garden’s Iceploration show hit the ice last week in a performance that combines ice-skaters and puppets to entertain audiences.

The thirty-minute show centers around Austin, a pre-teen that is hooked to his cell phone.  His grandfather encourages the boy to put down his phone and see the world.  Together, the pair explore the earth, traveling to the African Serengeti, Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic and the Amazon rainforest.

Ice-skating and acrobatic performances are featured in each region of the world.  The puppets take on forms of different animals the explorers meet during their travels.  Some live animals make appearances, such as Siberian huskies sledding in the Arctic tundra.

According to a Busch Garden’s press release, the 20-member cast is outfitted by Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes.  The 77 costumes took over 10 months to create.  Iceploration’s ice-rink stage took 10,000 gallons of water to create.

Iceploration takes place daily in the Moroccan Theater at Busch Gardens.  Admission is included with the purchase of a park ticket.


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