After a two year hiatus, this popular holiday event down the street from Walt Disney World is returning to Gaylord Palms Resort for the 2022 holiday season!
ICE! Gaylord Palms Resort
Every holiday season Gaylord Palms Hotel hosts a very icy adventure centering around a different theme. Walking through this chilly winter wonderland provides guests the opportunity to experience hand-carved sculptures and displays. ICE! features over 2 million pounds of ice by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China who work approximately six weeks to create the nearly 20,000-square-foot, frozen attraction. The two year hiatus was due to the artisans being unable to travel to the United States because of international travel restrictions in place due to Covid 19.
Starting with more than 6,700 massive ice blocks – created by three different ice manufacturers because of the amount needed – carvers will tally more than 12,000 man-hours. The artisans, using skills passed down from generation to generation, follow a 300-page design book to create the spectacle.
The attraction is kept chilly by a state-of-the-art chilling system that maintains the temperature at a frosty 9 degrees Fahrenheit. No worries of being cold as guests are provided with blue parkas to keep nice and warm!
ICE! Gaylord Palms Resort Information
This year’s theme for the ice spectacular will focus on the holiday animated film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and will feature more than 10 scenes from the film with ice carvings ranging in size from the size of a coin to measuring nearly 30 feet tall! In addition to the Dr. Seuss story, guests can also take rides down two-story-tall ice slides, and much more! The ICE! experience concludes in a separate area dedicated to a Nativity scene.
Returning again to this year’s event, the Grinch and Max will return for a character breakfast, (for only overnight guests) live entertainment, hands-on activities, holiday meals, and much more!
ICE! will be available at Gaylord Palms from Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Prices for the experience vary depending on date and range from $29.99 to $39.99 for adults and $19.99 to $26.99 for children ages 4-11.