Generally, the only ice that you think will be involved in your Florida getaway will be the cubes in your tropical beverage, but at Christmas, you might be missing the winter wonderland that you’re used to during this heart-warming holiday. You came to Orlando to get away from the grey slush and bone-chilling temperatures, but maybe, just maybe, your Christmas seems to be a little less without it. Fortunately, there is a way to eat your cake and have it too, and that’s with a trip to the Gaylord Palms ICE!, a wintery experience that includes the Polar Express!
We Hope You Packed Your Winter Wear
ICE! is kept at a chilly 9 degrees, and you can expect to spend anywhere from a half-hour to two hours enjoying this frozen fantasy world, so warm clothes are recommended. As you stroll through the different rooms, the ice-tastic world it reveals still manages to warm the heart as you view ice sculptures featuring characters and scenes from the Polar Express. For three weeks before opening, two truckloads a day filled with three varieties of ice(clear ice, white ice, and colored ice dyed nine different colors) are delivered to talented sculptors who hail from all the globe and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to show off their skills. Using everything from chainsaws to scalpel-like knives, Hero Boy, Santa Claus, and a host of other designs are created by the talented artists, and all are waiting to be discovered by you and your family.
Two ice slides give the kids a chance to run mild as they burn off energy; the combination of cold, excitement and these two-story tall ice slides are guaranteed to give parents an evening of peace and quiet as they fall asleep early and soundly, exhausted from their adventures at ICE! The Frostbite Factory allows everyone to catch a glimpse of the magic behind the show; this is where guests can watch the artisans of ICE! perform their talents live as they carve new sculptures to be added to the show. And finally, when seeking a moment to contemplate the reason for the season, a separate area of the show offers a glimpse of Christmas past with a complete Nativity Scene, also carved from ice. Peaceful and heartwarming, spending more than a few moments in this space is sure to help keep the Christmas spirit alive, even once they return to the warm temperatures, blue skies, and palm trees that sway in the breeze!
The Best Part of Your Stay
When it’s time to warm up, heading back to your Vacome luxury getaway is the best way to do so; reserve yours today and enjoy a Florida getaway that is filled with both sun and ice!