Shortlist
Recently Viewed
You have not viewed any villas yet. When you do, they will appear here for easy reference.

Search


Categories

About This Guide
Latest Articles
Most Viewed
Random Selection
Articles With Photos
Meet The Authors
Accommodation   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Animal Kingdom   page 1 / 2
Cruising
Days Out   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Dining   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33
Discovery Cove   page 1 / 2
Disney General   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Disney Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Epcot   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Florida History   page 1 / 2
Golf   page 1 / 2 / 3
Hints and Tips   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Hollywood Studios   page 1 / 2
Magic Kingdom   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Miscellaneous   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17
Museums
Night Life
Other Activities   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15
Other Florida   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Other Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Owners Vacation Diary   page 1 / 2
Places to Visit   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Planning your Trip   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Sea World   page 1 / 2
Shopping   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Shows
Sports and Recreation
State Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Travelling   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
Universal Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Water Parks

Florida Guide > Other Activities

ICE! At The Gaylord Palms

In the past we have spent two weeks in Orlando at the end of October or just into November. This last year however, not only did we have the luxury of three weeks but we also went later – not arriving until 15th November. This meant that for the first time we would be in Orlando while the ICE! Exhibition was being staged at the Gaylord Palme Hotel.

ICE! - as its name suggests is an attraction carved entirely from – ice, and is kept at a chilly 9 degrees (F)! This amazing spectacle is created from nearly 2 million pounds of ice and is one of the few places in the world where you can see the handiwork of the famous ice carvers of Harbin, China.

On arrival we presented our e-tickets and were shown into a large waiting area where soon we were able to watch a short introductory film which included information about the exhibition and the padded coats that we would be issued with prior to entering the main exhibit. After the film it was time to pick up our coats. These were long, blue and had zip & Velcro fastenings, with different coloured trim to differentiate between the sizes. Once robed up we were ready to enter the exhibit.

We entered through an ice tunnel and were greeted by a huge ‘welcome’ sign adorned with coloured fish, a sea-horse and seaweed – all of course made out of ice. Then we entered an outdoor scene which included a footbridge crossing a river on which swans were to be seen as well as giant rabbits made from clear ice. The next exhibit was based on candy (sweets) and featured a house made from a variety of coloured candy sticks imitating rock and lollipops. Then it was our turn to sit on Father Christmas’ knees – though this was a fourteen foot high, ice, version of him. At least the steps up to the old boy were carpeted and had a handrail beside them otherwise it might have been a daunting task to get onto his knee.

There were more stunning carvings including a nativity scene, Penguin Point which included a surfing Father Christmas and something that took us all back to our childhood; an ice slide. Well actually two slides side by side with Father Christmas and his reindeer overseeing the display. I had three goes as it wasn’t too busy and my wife had camera shakes on the first two (well that’s my excuse! ).

We could have gone round the exhibition again before exiting, but as we had booked a meal at the Villa De Flora restaurant we decided to forgo the second trip.

I had booked our tickets online at The Gaylord Palms website before leaving the UK and by doing so and booking mid-week saved a few dollars. Our tickets cost about $18 each and from memory we saved in the region of $3/$4 each. Plus, it being a Thursday when we visited, the number of visitors meant it was easy to spend as much time as you wanted and get any photos without holding others up. Also the tickets could be used at any time during the day / evening, whereas at weekends the tickets are timed at half-hourly intervals.

We aim to provide accurate and useful information, but if you feel anything provided here is not accurate or out of date, please email us with the address of the page concerned and any comments so we can amend as necessary.

Page added on: 19 September 2010
Viewed 3628 times since 19 September 2010.

There are no photos available for this article at the moment.

Villa Owners: Upload A Photo To This Article

To upload a photo for consideration, click here. Please only submit photos relevant to this article.

Other Articles Viewed

The following articles were also viewed by people who looked at this one:

Bookmark This Article


These sites allow you to store and share links over the internet. You can share the links with other users or just use them to access your links from any computer you are using. More information is available here.