Resort Hotel Orlando - Kissimmee
November 20, 2010
through January 2, 2011
Prepare for the
coolest winter on record as Gaylord Palms® Resort
presents ICE! An instant dose of winter, this
spectacle is made from nearly two million pounds
In its eighth season, ICE! will
feature several scenes that star Santa and his
Another popular element,
the ICE! castle and slides, will celebrate Santa's
Christmas Eve flight... reindeer and all.
The attraction's signature scene, a
breathtaking life-size Nativity carved completely
of crystal-clear ice, has been described as
one of the most breathtaking depictions of the
birth of Christ. Dramatic lighting and a stirring
narrative track ensure guests continue to pause
and reflect on the story behind the season.
is carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin,
China. The talented artisans spend nearly an
entire month in Kissimmee creating this one-of-a-kind
attraction. Harbin is best known for its annual
International Ice and Snow Festival, where each
year more than 2,000 sculptors carve a 100-acre
walk-through Ice Park.
Put away the flip-flops,
this event is a chilly 9 degrees! But, don't
worry, we've got plenty of hooded parkas to
keep you warm!
Your ICE! experience continues
throughout the resort, with Best of Florida
Christmas at Gaylord Palms, a celebration of
the holidays in the Sunshine State.
is open daily, including holidays. Event hours
vary throughout "ICE! Season." For a complete
calendar of events, visit the ICE! Website.
NOTE: ICE! is kept at a frigid 9 degrees.
Be sure to dress appropriately; closed toe shoes
and long pants are required. You may also want
to bring mittens or a hat. Hooded parkas will
be provided for your warmth and comfort inside
the exhibit. For the sake of good fashion, we
suggest leaving the leg warmers at home!
Fun Facts About ICE!
2,000,000 – total pounds of ice used to
create ICE! The ice is created to our exact
standards at a factory in Cairo, Georgia. It
is shipped to Kissimmee in a semi equipped with
a refrigerated trailer.
5,000+ – number
of blocks of ice that are hand carved and transformed
into a winter wonderland. The enormous blocks
of ice arrive in nearly a dozen colors, including
lavender, blue, pink, orange and yellow.
1,500+ -number of specially designed LED
tube lights that are frozen within the ice,
creating a magical holiday experience that “pops.”
More than 18,000 – the total square
feet of space is covered by the ICE! attraction.
Kept at a brisk 9 degrees Fahrenheit, the unique
structure housing ICE! is also known as the
“Florida Fridge.” It is believed to be the first
of its kind in North America.
- the average temperature inside “The Florida
1 - the total number of gnomes
cleverly frozen inside a block of ICE!, part
of the resort's Hidden Holiday Gnome Hunt.
8,000+ - approximate miles the team of artisans
must travel from Harbin to Orlando (number varies
depending on method used for mileage calculation)
and 1/2 acres of lush gardens
and winding waterways under
glass to explore
Spa with salon and fitness center
Beach pool reserved for our
adult guests (18 and older)
Cove water activities playground
featuring a zero-entry pool,
octopus water slide, sand play
area, waterfall and tons of
water play fun for kids
Dunes Recreation Park including
executive golf putting course,
sand volleyball, croquet lawn
innovative restaurants and lounges
street with unique shops
child care services offered
by Kids Nite Out