Ice at the Gaylord Palms Resort is a Frigid Success

Written by Eric Davis. Posted in Gaylord Palms Orlando, Orlando Parkhopper

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Published on November 12, 2012 at 5:02 am with 6 Comments

A tropical 9 degrees!

Ice at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, is an amazing ice festival which has become a Christmas tradition over the past 10 years in central Florida.  Last year Gaylord Palms licensed characters from DreamWorks and themed the event to the television special “Shrek the Halls.”

This year they have themed the event to the “Merry Madagascar” special.

ILLUMINARY

The event starts with a non ticketed event “Illuminary” which is a takes place in the main atrium.

With hanging lights, a giant tree, a boy band, an acrobat, and a drummer that is hoisted up 3 stories in the air, this show was surprisingly good, and would be worth the price of parking to see if you didn’t do anything else.

ICE

The main event is ICE.  Located in the Gaylord Palms convention space, the long queue takes you through the story of the 40 artisans who flew to Orlando from China to work in the constant 9 degree room to carve this larger than life experience. Guests enter a large queue area that begins to set up the Madagascar story.  Here we learn about the characters and their basic back story.

After the queue you get your complimentary parkas.  You WILL need these!  It is 9 degrees after all.  If you have never been in 9 degree weather, trust me it is cold.

 After guests receive their parkas, they are shown to a pre show area where they recap the story from the “Merry Madagascar” holiday special. This sets up the scenes that guests are about to see.

After the pre-show we enter the ICE room.  Like an invisible wall, you are instantly greeted with the shocking cold. Our advice, TAKE THE PARKAS THEY OFFER.

As guests make their way along the winding path they are treated to a scene by scene recreation of “Merry Madagascar”.  It is surreal to see palm trees and other tropical items made from ice and in extreme cold.

But, if one still prefers the traditional Christmas scene, they have that covered too. At the end of the tour there is a beautifully done manger scene in white light and clear ice. A beautiful sight to behold.

TICKETS AND OTHER INFO

Parking at the Gaylord Palms is $15.00, with Valet running $22.00 per car.

General Admission:
Adult             Peak: $27.99
Senior           Peak: $25.99
Child (4-12)   Peak: $13.99
Prices do not include sales tax. Children ages 0-3 are free.
**Florida Residents – Save $4 per ticket. Enter Promotional Code FLR12 to save!**

You can also save a few bucks if you go on nights specified on the Gaylord Palms site as Non-Peak

BUY YOUR TICKETS DIRECTLY FROM THE GAYLORD PALMS SITE HERE

A word of caution directly from the Gaylord Palms reads…

IMPORTANT: ICE! is kept at a frigid 9° Fahrenheit (-13° Celsius). Be sure to dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Hooded winter coats are provided for your warmth and comfort inside the attraction and are available in a variety of sizes, including sizes for children. Hats and gloves are strongly recommended and may be purchased on site at the ICE! house gift shop.

 ICE at Gaylord Palms is a fantastic event for young and old alike who are looking for an experience like none other in sunny Florida.

About Eric Davis

By day, Eric is in Marketing and Social Media. But on the weekends, he's a theme park addict. Eric is a frequent contributor to MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns and tends to focus his efforts on what's new and what's news at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

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  1. The prices to this attraction are just insane. This would cost my family $113. How much time would I spend there? An hour? My wife and I went to Belgium and saw a fantastic sand sculpture exhibit there in August. I think we spent 10 Euros and were there over 2 hours. Parking was free. Europe tends to be more expensive for these types of attractions, but not this time around. It’s beautiful work, but I’m not spending $113. I don’t do it at the movies, or dinner, or anything else.

    • And yet it pulls in big lines, and is very popular. ;-)

      • Yes it does. People are sheep. Baahhhh!

  2. While everyone might not see value in it. For people who do not travel to colder climates, or who travel to Florida for unique experiences, this experience at Gaylord Palms offers something that you cannot find anywhere else here in Orlando. It is a great fun family experience.

  3. I’d like to see them do a non-holiday version in the middle of summer as well. Would be a fantastic way to cool off in the oppressive heat of July/August.

  4. It looks cool and I hope Gaylord Palms keep it up year by year. :)

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