Out and About: A Family Perspective on Gaylord Palms ICE! Show in Orlando

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[Ed. note: We already talked about Gaylord Palms ICE!, but we thought you’d enjoy a review from our family writer Carol.]

We were blessed to be able to get a sneak peek of the Gaylord Palms Resort’s Holiday show, ICE!. I am amazed at how cold they can keep those rooms in order to maintain the sculptures.

A slide made out of ice at ICE!

As a parent of 2 small children, ages 7 and 4, I was excited to see their reactions.  We love the Madagascar movies by DreamWorks and are familiar with the characters.

The first thing that you notice is the 9 degree temps, and for Florida kids, that is really cold. Once you catch your breath, the vibrant colors are just amazing! The amber of Alex’s fur in ice is actually the color of his fur!  That always amazes me.

The scenes chosen to be created in ice told the story very well and in a logical order. As we wound our way through the scenes, I felt like a fly on the wall as everything is so large in scale. It was as though we were participating in the story, but not really. Kind of like it is in dreams.  I thought it was cool (no pun intended).

The best part, according to my children, was the ice slide area. The 7-yr-old went down them often, and her only complaint was that they were not slippery enough yet and she had to scoot her way down, although that should change with use. They are fun and good for kids of ALL ages! I know because yes, I went down it too, as did my husband and my sister. And we have photos proving we did it.

The slides are about half way through the adventure and by about that time, my 4-yr-old was getting cold and wanted to move on. So we did, after a couple more slides.

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Out and About: ICE! Returns to Gaylord Palms With Merry Madagascar Theme

Friday night (11/09/12), CitySurfing Orlando was invited to a media preview of this year’s ICE! attraction at Gaylord Palms Hotel.

The evening started with food and drinks in the St. Augustine Fort area of the hotel’s atrium. There were carved meats, decorate your own gingerbread cookies, and even a special drink created for the event.

Called the ICE-tini, it consisted of cinnamon-infused whiskey, apple cider, and cranberry juice, with a fresh cranberry for a garnish. I have to admit I’m not usually one for whiskey-based drinks, but this was pretty good.

The Edge Effect Singing Christmas Carols

The media then was treated to a preview of the new Luminescence stage show, featuring the vocal harmonies of The Edge Effect singing Christmas carols. The singers and musicians sounded very polished and were very talented.

The show was also enhanced visually by the addition of an aerial acrobat and a drum ring that lowered from the ceiling – as the drummer was playing. Great visuals!

The evening finished up with a tour through ICE!

Melman, Gloria, Alex, and Marty from Merry Madagascar

ICE! is over 20,000-square-feet of hand-carved ice sculptures, created by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China. It is set in a tent kept at a chilly 9 degrees.

The majority of the floor space is an all-new tribute to the DreamWorks Animation TV Christmas special, Merry Madagascar.

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