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Photo TR: Christmas at Gaylord Palms featuring ICE!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:49 pm
by jedimaster1227
Last night TPR was invited to attend a preview of this year's Christmas at Gaylord Palms including the annual spectacle, ICE! For guests across the globe, but especially for the more local guests, getting a chance to see ice sculptures in Florida is a pretty rare thing. And with each year and new theme, ICE! has become more and more impressive. The formula may be the same (the general layout of the rooms starts to become familiar after you've visited a few years in a row), but the level of detail and the innovation found inside of this chilled space is incredible. I'd go as far as to say that this is the best year I've experienced in all of the years I've been going to ICE! The Polar Express lends itself to this kind of event and the story is perfectly recreated in sculpted form.

The ice slides continue to thrill and the classic nativity finale marks a beautiful closing to the experience... Once that you can revisit as many times as you want as long as you don't leave the entry/exit corridor. It should be noted that this is a much colder experience than many will be prepared for. Ski caps and gloves are highly recommended to allow you to enjoy the rest of ICE! without having to leave due to frostbite.

Outside of ICE! itself is the Alpine Village, home to several more experiences including snow tubing, Santa's Snow Throw and Photos with Santa. Beyond the Alpine Village in the Gaylord Palms' atrium is the #LIT Light Show (a new experience for 2019), the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Stage Show (updated since last year) & The Greatest Story, a song filled retelling of the nativity story. Gaylord Palms has even added a themed escape room to this year's event, available to experience for an added charge.

Gaylord Palms has really worked to turn Christmas into a full-blown event with shows and activities in addition to ICE! This year's event is their strongest yet, and it is a great way to kick off your holiday season! The event runs from November 25th, 2019 through January 5th, 2020, so be sure to check it out.

Re: Photo TR: Christmas at Gaylord Palms featuring ICE!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:36 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Wow, that's really impressive. Thanks for the write up; I wouldn't have thought to seek this out otherwise.

Re: Photo TR: Christmas at Gaylord Palms featuring ICE!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:34 pm
by bert425
on the one hand, it looks like much of it is housed in a giant warehouse.

on the other hand, wow, that looks really amazing. I totally would pay to experience this, as you note some of the ice sculptures are stunning.

thanks for sharing.

Re: Photo TR: Christmas at Gaylord Palms featuring ICE!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:06 pm
by Haymaker
Ive been to the one at Opryland. As a Buffalo native im used to the cold, but ICE! felt colder even than im used to. They say its 29° but I dont believe it.