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.


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.


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.


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


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.