About This Episode
ICE! featuring The Polar Express debuted at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. ICE! featuring The Polar Express is over 2 million pounds of sculptured ice centered on the theme of the hit holiday movie, “The Polar Express.” The level of detail is outstanding!
Christmas at Gaylord Palms Hotel and Resort in Orlando, including ICE! featuring The Polar Express, is an annual spectacle in which even the local residents participate. There are over 15 shows, attractions, workshops and an exclusive Cirque Du Soleil stage show called, “Cirque Dreams Unwrapped” just for hotel guests. It takes an entire weekend stay at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Resort to participate in all the fun. Add to the debut of ICE! featuring The Polar Express, you have incredible restaurants, bars, shops and other amenities which makes it hard to find another Christmas celebration like it outside Orlando.
If you are in Orlando for the holidays, definitely consider staying at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Resort!
Location: Gaylord Palms Hotel and Resort, 6000 West Osceloa Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida 34746
There is no other city that celebrates Christmas quite like Orlando. Maybe it’s because of all there is to experience here; from world-class theme parks to James Beard award winning restaurants, to all the great resorts. One resort, in particular, takes celebrating Christmas to a whole new level. The Gaylord Palms Resort annually hosts a signature holiday event that has become a tradition even the locals in Orlando attend. ICE! at Gaylord Palms is a world made from more than two million pounds of colored ice, hand-carved into sculptures around a holiday theme. This year it’s ICE! featuring the Polar Express!
If you’ve never been to see ICE! at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, you first need to know that it’s only one part of an incredible program of over 15 shows, attractions, and events that encompasses Christmas at Gaylord Palms. It takes an entire weekend stay just to experience it all.
For instance, Cirque Dreams Unwrapped is 25-minute, action-packed experience featuring soaring acrobatics, theatricality and imagination produced by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. Each year this show features new acts and performers that bring to life a magical and timeless Christmas wonderland.
Alpine Village is the central hub for holiday happenings. The village is home to various attractions and shows like Photos with Santa, Sugary Sweet Story time led by the Sugarplum Fairy herself; Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions which features the First Lady of the North Pole who leads a half-hour interactive show; Santa’s Snow Throw which puts real snow in the hands of guests; Snow Tubing sends guests zooming down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow; and two story ice slides within the ICE! attraction itself.
The ICE! attraction is crafted by artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice, creating larger-than-life sculptures. This year, as guests explore the attraction, they will discover more than ten favorite scenes from The Polar Express.