25 November 2015

ICE! The Most Amazing Holiday Experience #Review ~ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

From November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016 you can enjoy one of the most amazing holiday shows I have ever seen. There is nothing like it! the carvers that make the Ice Sculptors are beyond amazing. I was invited to the media preview and what I saw well the pictures will tell most of the story. Not only were we treated to a grand perform from Cirque Dreams, Holiday Music, Dancing, Beautiful Christmas Trees and Decorations, Tubing and a visit to Santa himself - I didn't think they could do anymore but they did. The ICE show itself was so amazing words cannot describe it alone. But go see it for yourself. The Ice glows and sparkles, has colors and life - I have included all the behind the scenes info and pricing. Get Ready To Bundle up!! And a word of advice take the parka. 

Central Florida’'s favorite holiday hub hidden under a 4.5 acre glass-enclosed snow globe comes to life during Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

Gleaming with more than two million twinkling lights and dripping with masterful décor, the resort exudes a warm welcome to guests wishing to celebrate both the traditional and modern sentiments of the season. From 2 million pounds of ice to 1.5 million pounds of snow, there is something for everyone during this blissful bundle of holiday fun. Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by The Noerr Programs is chockfull of signature events and sprinkled with new offerings which include Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, The Elf on The Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Cosmic Snow Tubing, Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Build-A-Bear Workshop and the anxiously awaited nightly Grand Snowfall.

ICE! features 

Twas the Night Before Christmas is this year’s main attraction. Guests walk through a chilly 9 degrees as they experience the classic poem come to life in hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures. ICE! presented by Pepsi will also feature four slippery ice slides, a live carving zone in which guests can witness a master carver at work and On the Blocks ICE! Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of ICE!

Everyone’s favorite wintery rush, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with real Florida snow is back by popular demand. On Friday and Saturday evenings the lights go down and the fun turns up as Cosmic Tubing comes to life. Guests tubing during this time enjoy high spirited holiday music accompanied by flashing LED lights.  

Not a thrill seeker? How about an elf seeker? The all new The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt ignites the inner sleuth and takes guests on a journey throughout the holiday-clad hotel. Participants will follow clues and scan the hotel to spot the 10 scout elves who have landed at Gaylord Palms. By solving puzzles and finding all of the elves, guests will reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa. 

Once you have found the last scout elf, make your way over to the Emerald Bay Stage for the world premiere of the all-new Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. Guests will be dazzled by an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are unwrapped, performed on stage and in the air, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats. Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is bringing the famed entertainment brand to Orlando for the first time in the company’s 22 years with this exclusive show. The entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned. 

The Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop is the perfect way to add a little more heart to the holidays. This interactive destination is a place where guests can create their very own personalized furry friends and will feature the same memorable experiences offered at other Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout the country. Choose from an exciting array of animals and characters, including faces featured in some of the season’s most popular movies. Watch them come to life at the signature stuffer and add accessories, clothing and more, including an exclusive, furry friend-sized “Christmas at Gaylord Palms” t-shirt to commemorate your visit.

The season’s hottest couple, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be a part of the festivities. Photos with Santa will take place in Santa’s Workshop located in Alpine Village and Mrs. Claus will be a part of the all-new Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at the award-winning Villa de Flora.
Alpine Village, the holiday attraction hub, will also feature the Gingerbread Decorating Corner sponsored by PEEPS®, Snowy’s Snack Shack and holiday shopping galore.  
If that’s not enough, wander through the atrium’s lush gardens (over 500,000 plants) sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays and watch as the famous 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree comes to life every night during the famous tree lighting ceremony. Still haven’t had enough? Sit back and enjoy a nightly grand snowfall in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the resort’s grand atrium. 

In addition to the holiday happenings, hotel guests can enjoy fish and alligator feedings, relax at Relâche Spa with themed-seasonal treatments, plunge into Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park and indulge in holiday dining at our nine delectable restaurants. Whether you enjoy a filet, fresh seafood, pasta or a burger – we guarantee there is something to whet your appetite.  
  • See as the classic holiday poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, is brought to life in TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including two-story tall ice slides. This awe-inspiring experience concludes with the wonder and majesty of a full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice. Christmas in Orlando is fun for the entire family at the Gaylord Palms Resort.
ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring:
  • Walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees
  • Two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures
  • Four ice slides
  • Six individual rooms depicting the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • The Frostbite Factory — a live carving zone
  • Final room is a breath-taking Nativity scene carved from crystal clear ice
On the Blocks ICE! Bar
‘Chill out’ at On The Blocks—the exclusive bar inside ICE! Adults 21+ can upgrade their ICE! experience to enjoy a sampling of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and Goose Island Beer plus a choice of a Maker’s Mark or Absolut specialty drink, or Hidden Crush Cabernet or Chardonnay, served in a souvenir glass—yours to keep! Ambient lighting, music and fun photo opportunities set the mood for this unique VIP experience.
  • $15.95 inclusive of gratuity
Special Programs -Guest Performance Program
Perform LIVE at ICE! 
ICE! Proposals
"Pop The Question" inside of ICE! 
ICE! Ticket Prices
Advance Online Price Phone and Box Office Price
$28.99 Adults $29.99 Adults
$26.99 Seniors** (ages 55+) $28.99 Seniors** (ages 55+)
$14.99 Children (ages 4 – 12) $16.99 Children (ages 4 – 12)

Children (3 and under) FREE with paying adult.


ICE! and Snow Tubing Combo Tickets

Save when you purchase an ICE! and Snow Tubing Combo Ticket!

Advance Online Price Phone and Box Office Price
$41.99 Adults $44.99 Adults
$38.99 Seniors** (ages 55+) $41.99 Seniors** (ages 55+)
$31.99 Children (ages 4 – 12) $33.99 Children (ages 4 – 12)
$16.99 Children (ages 3 and under) $16.99 Children (ages 3 and under)
Special Promotional Pricing
Freezin’ Season Pass - (ICE! ONLY)
All-season pass to ICE!, including front of the line priority access.
Adult: $55
Child: $35
Adult with Parking:$90

Florida Residents Offer (ICE! tickets only)
Save an additional $4 per ticket for advance tickets, and save $3 on regular ticket sales. Use promo code FLR15 when you book your tickets to save**! Offer valid on the purchase of ICE! tickets only.

Marriott Rewards Member Offer — Discount on ICE! Tickets

Save 20% on ICE! tickets by using promo code MRICE15**.

Discount available:

  • Sunday – Thursday
  • November 24 – December 17
Tickets are available online, via phone or at the Box Office.

Special Promotional Pricing - Box Office Only

Hero Offer

The program is for first responders and their families (military, fire, police)
  • Adult: $22.99**
  • Child: $8.99**
Dates: Every day

ICE! Box Office only

Chill Pass
Go straight to the front of the line with the Chill Pass!

Price: $9.99/person (add-on above regular ticket price)

Dates: Any day of the week
Purchase: ICE! Box Office only
Includes: Priority Access, plus one (1) cup of hot cocoa

All prices subject to sales tax and $2.00 facility fee.

** Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

Thanks and Enjoy! Happy Holidays :-) 
A big thanks to Gaylord Palms for having us - all opinions in this post are my own and were never influenced by anyone. 

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