Imagine taking a simple ice sculpture that you might see at a wedding or special event and then building out that sculpture out into several rooms of colors and ice to it. Add in an ice slide and that is what you get with ICE! The 2014 edition of the attraction features The Nutcracker, ice slides, and a traditional nativity scene.
ICE! at the Gaylord Palms
Located just outside Disney property across Interstate-4, the Gaylord Palms Resort brings in 40 ice artisans to spend more than 30 days to hand carve out 5,000 blocks of ice that weigh close to 2 million pounds. For the last several years, characters from the Dreamworks animated movies of Shrek and Madagascar have been featured along with classic Christmas characters and images and a nativity.
Experience the magic of The Nutcracker in ICE! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four thrilling slides! Relive your favorite scenes from the classic ballet, accompanied by the original Tchaikovsky score.
Along with The Nutcracker are Santa Claus with his reindeer, and Christmas Trees. Several of the rooms features lights that are contained within the ice that blink and light up and the attraction ends with a nativity made of crystal clear ice. The ice is colored in many of the rooms to bring the characters to life and a slide is a popular part of the attraction where guests can slide down a clear slide made of ice that is surrounded by popular world icons such as the Sphinx, Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty (see video below).
Artisans in Action
Outside of the ICE! attraction, there is a new bonus area called “Artisans in Action” ice-carving zone, featuring a master ice carver from Harbin, China
ICE! Admission and Times
ICE! will be taking place from November 15th, 2014 through January 4th, 2015 with hours that vary throughout the months.
General Admission for 2014:
Prices do not include sales tax:
Advance Online Adult: $28.99
Advance Online Senior: $26.99
Advance Online Child (ages 4 – 12): $14.99
Children ages 0 -3 are free
Florida Residents can save $4 per ticket by entering the promotional code “FLR14″.
Click here to visit the official site of ICE! for more information (including peak and non-peak days) and to purchase tickets.
Gaylord Palms ICE! Promotional Video
Gaylord Palms Map