A few years ago we were in Orlando November/December and we got to experience some of the Christmas activities. We decided to visit ICE! at Gaylord Palms.
We bought our tickets on-line and read that ICE is kept at 9 degrees Fahrenheit – as we are from the UK I didn’t really get how cold that would be (it’s actually -13 degrees Celsius) fortunately, we did take on board the recommendation to wear long trousers and sleeves and I am glad I did! Hooded parka coats are provided – we didn’t have the hats and gloves as we hadn’t packed for winter weather!
The award-winning ICE! attraction is carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China. The talented artisans spend more than a month in Kissimmee/Orlando creating this one-of-a-kind attraction. Harbin is best known for its annual International Ice and Snow Festival, where more than 2,000 sculptors annually carve a 100-acre walk-through ice park, using ice from the nearby Songhua River.
This year the show is on until January 1, 2013 and the theme is Merry Madagascar. The year we visited the sculptures were polar bears, reindeer, the Holy story. There was an ice slide too. At the end of the tour we were given a hot chocolate and we took advantage to look round the shop and buy a couple of souvenirs for our Christmas tree at home.
Go to http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-palms/christmas-in-orlando/ice-experience/index.html to find out more about this year’s show. We enjoyed it and it was great to see Floridian’s experiencing the cold!