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WALT'S WONDERFUL WORLD

How about some Walt Disney's World on Ice trivia?

If you added up all the hours each of the professional skaters in the show have spent taking ice-skating lessons throughout their collective careers, it would be the same as watching "Gone With the Wind" 9,463 times - excluding intermissions and going out for popcorn.Speaking of intermissions, when the Zamboni is driven out to resurface and moisten the ice, this procedure covers the same area as 93,600 average-size postage stamps (maybe even the proposed Elvis Presley commemorative) laid side by side and end to end in a giant rectangular pattern.

If just one person could set up all of the equipment needed to stage the World on Ice revue, the procedure would take about nine days and eight hours of continuous labor, which is why teams of workers unload the trailers and put all of the scenery into place.

Each year, more than 40 million people around the globe see a Kenneth Feld production live (this includes several ice shows, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the famed Siegfried & Roy show in Las Vegas, among others).

The latest edition of Disney's World on Ice, featuring the talents of 12 professional principal skaters from the United States, Great Britain and Canada, is scheduled for 10 performances in the Delta Center Wednesday, March 11, through Monday, March 16.

The show also brings together a host of old and new Disney characters, many of them in an ice revue for the first time. Mickey Mouse will be there, of course, as well as Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge's rascally nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Also present will be Roger Rabbit, the Little Mermaid and Chip 'n' Dale, the Rescue Rangers.

The two-hour show focuses on the action-packed "Case of the Disappearing DuckTales."

Scrooge McDuck puts his millions on the line, hiring the best and brightest Disney detective minds to crack the case when his three nephews mysteriously disappear. The massive search-and-rescue mission through time and space includes stopovers in exotic Egypt, the mysterious jungle and an undersea fantasy world where Ursula, the 16-foot-tall sea witch, will role out her writhing tentacles until she is 35 feet in diameter - just one of the visual effects conjured up by Disney's famous "imagineers".

The show's cast of more than 40 skaters includes Lisa Cornelius, who recently trained with Robin Cousins; Jimmie Santee, who mixes comedy and skating; Jamie-Lynn Kitching, Santee's wife, in her ninth World on Ice season; Eddie Shipstad, the latest in the "first family" of skating to make his professional debut, and Jonathan Vaught, who has skated in several Disney revues in recent years both in the United States and abroad.

Also Carl Briggs, a championship figure and pairs skater; Michael Lettengarver, a daredevil stunt skater; Paula Losinger & Scott Grover, a team whose pairs routines have been described as "dynamic"; Darin Matheson, known for his dazzling jumps; Carol Nelson, a former British pairs champion, and Christie Wass, a Canadian medalist in ice dancing.

- PERFORMANCES for Walt Disney's World on Ice are:

- Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m. (a special KSL-TV "family night" performance with all tickets discounted $3.50).

- Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.

- Friday, March 13, 4 and 7:30 p.m.

- Saturday, March 14, at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

- Sunday, March 15, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

- Monday, March 14, 7 p.m.Children 11 and under can save $2 per ticket for specific shows with coupons available from all Gart Brothers Sporting Goods stores.

Regular admission is $7, $8.50, $10 and $11.50. All seats are reserved.

Tickets are available from the Delta Center box office (where no service charge is assessed) and all Smith'sTix outlets, which charge a $1 service fee per ticket.

To charge tickets by phone, call 467-5996 or 1-800-888-TIXX. There is a $1.25 service charge per ticket for these orders, up to a maximum of $5 per order.

For information, call 325-7328. For group rates, call 325-2500.