ICE! at Gaylord Palms

Monday, December 21, 2015

It's hard to get that true Christmas feeling when you're living in Florida because you still sweat every time you walk outside due to the 85+ degree weather... (#FloridaProbs) Thankfully, Orlando offers some nice holiday traditions at local venues that remind the residents what time of year it truly is. One of these many attractions is something that I have attended multiple years in a row now: ICE! at the Gaylord Palms. ICE! takes you from Florida heatwave to chilly northern cold - it's a lovely 9 degrees inside. You're required to wear a special parka that keeps you (somewhat) warm while walking through the attraction; this is because absolutely everything is made of pure ice!

The theme this year was The Night Before Christmas, and it really did feel like it was. The setting was both inside and outside a house, walking you through the story - literally, the actual story was told on the walls of every new section you walked in to!



The sculptures looked amazing and very colorful this year, and there were even ice slides that you could go down! I was extremely scared - I slid way faster than I thought I was going to. But it was still a fun and exciting experience to slide down a slide made entirely of ice!



Santa riding away at the end had to be my favorite sculpture of all for sure; it filled an entire walk-through section all on it's own, and it was so intricate and large. I'm sure it was one of the more difficult pieces to create, and the sculptors definitely succeeded in making it tell the story perfectly! If only I could have had the chance to sit in the sleigh with Santa or on one of his reindeer. (My butt would have probably been freezing by this point anyway though!)


In the Frostbite Factory following the actual story attraction, there were opportunities for many pictures with more icy creations as well as playing around with the ice; a few couples even had the chance to play around with a huge ice ring and take hilariously adorable "engagement" pictures. The best part of the whole experience in my opinion was definitely when we got to watch the ice being carved; it's such an interesting process to see come to life right in front of you! All in all, ICE! proved itself to be a fun activity not just for children, but grown adults as well.


We had such a great time and although my Christmas cold feeling was short-lived, at least I can say I got to have it! If you're ever in the Orlando area, I definitely recommend putting aside some time to experience what a Florida Christmas is like - attending special holiday parties at theme parks, seeing ballets and plays, getting to see amazing ice sculptures, and so much more. Even in the heat of the Sunshine State, there's still plenty to do to get you in that (almost) Christmas mood!

What icetastic things have you done so far this break?

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