"People don't realize when you have such a massive piece of ice not only how much it weighs but how much water it takes to make something like that," he says. "It's roughly 10,000 gallons of water to make 4 tons of ice."
There's a small non-icy rim at the downstage edge that some of the animals walk across.
"And some of them just fly over the ice," Swenson says.
Where: In the Moroccan Palace Theatre at Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa
When: Three to five shows daily.
Cost: Included in regular park admission — one-day admission is $77.99 general, $67.99 ages 3-9