Unique rotating ice rink

On October 1 this year, musical De Tocht will premiere in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. This production brings the “magic” of the Elfstedentocht to life. The Elfstedentocht is a legendary, nearly 200-kilometer skating tour on natural ice, which was last held in 1997. Ice-World built the world’s first 360º rotating ice rink for this production.

Dirk-Jan Kaan
26 September 2023

360-degree ice

The musical will be performed in the Friso Theater in Leeuwarden, which was built especially for De Tocht. The centerpiece is the grandstand, where some 1,500 people can take their seats. Around it is Ice-World's 360º ice floor. The inner ring of the floor is 870m2 and weighs 140 tons. This rink can rotate completely, creating a special experience. The audience thus gets a 360 experience and is taken into the story while singing and skating. A unique project where technology, out-of-the-box thinking and collaboration come together beautifully.

Technical masterpiece

From the beginning of the project, Ice-World was involved for its expertise and knowledge of ice floors. Within a technical project group, everything was first thought out technically, from the technique of spinning to the temperature and thickness of the ice floor. Solutions were also found for climate control, ventilation and dehumidification in the theater. After all, 1,500 visitors take quite a bit of heat with them.

For the construction, Ice-World deviated from the normal way of building an ice rink. To lay down a round ice rink, special spacers allow for the natural bending of aluminum tubes, which ensure the freezing of the floor. The tubes are connected to the freezing system. And then we immediately come to the biggest challenge. The inner ring has to be disconnected from the freezing system during the show and keep its cold throughout. For this purpose, the ice floor is reduced to -15 degrees, where otherwise -10 degrees is sufficient. And where the system normally only freezes the water layer from below, it was now chosen to place the system in the middle of the 10-centimeter-thick ice floor. This bottom and top cooling ensures extra-long good ice, despite the disconnection of the system. Ideal, then, for a musical of 2.5 hours.


Extensively tested

The ice floor was extensively tested in a shed to make sure everything worked properly. Then 8 Ice-World employees built the entire ice floor in the theater in 10 days. A fantastic project. We wish the musical De Tocht success!

08 October 2019

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Ice-World Ralf Schipper


Ralf Schipper

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Looking for a unique crowd-puller during off-season? Ever thought about creating a winter experience?

Ice-World is the worldwide leader when it comes to temporary ice rinks. With a local sales office in the Benelux, Germany, China and Dubai, Ice-World offers unique frozen fun experiences to attract visitors for FEC, leisure, theme parks, and amusement industries.

Ice attracts families for a fun day out. An ice rink increases dwell time and acts as anchor for your other rides and offers. Special events and shows on the ice rink will boost your footfall and revenue figures even more. During the IAAPA exhibition, Ice-World will show their innovative ice rink concepts and accessories such as the famous Bobby the Seal®, Tommy the Reindeer® and the IceByk®.  IAAPA is with over 6,000 member companies from over 100 countries the premier trade association representing the attractions industry.  The IAAPA Expo in Orlando is the Global Attractions Industry’s premier event.


About Ice-World

We at Ice-World provide the pleasure of real ice in any conceivable location, any climate, and any desired size and shape. We are your business partner for creating an unforgettable winter experience. From design to realization of innovative winter concepts. Temporary or permanent, indoor or outdoor. Whatever you wish, we will make it happen. With a complete range of accessories we offer you a unique winter experience.


Request an appointment with one of our representatives or our local dealer Ice-America 

Want to know more about the possibilities for an ice rink at your event or location?  You can visit Ice-World during the IAAPA at booth 2772 to meet one of our representative. At the booth you can also find our US dealer Ice-America. Please fill in the contact form below if you would like to schedule an appointment during the exhibition. We are looking forward to meeting you during the show.

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