Gaylord Palms wanted to add some more ice to the event, and Vanilla Ice was brought out to sing "Ice, Ice, Baby"! We have a video of the announcement and song.
We enjoyed meeting with the characters, I especially loved seeing Mort – I've not seen him and Gloria yet as part of the Dreamworks Experience (which I highly recommend!) ICE! admission is included with Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas overnight packages! The Christmassy DreamWorks Experience Package is a favorite with families, and includes breakfast at ShrekFeast (the food and character interaction were outstanding when we went!)
Besides the Cypress Springs Family Fun area, there is also a beautiful South Beach pool! You can see much more of the Gaylord Palms Resort itself in my photo walk of the resort.
If you've not been to ICE! before, I can't recommend it highly enough. I do have a few tips for Christmas at Gaylord Palms and ICE:
– Bring heavy gloves, a hat, and scarf. The better bundled up you are, the easier it is to enjoy the attraction to it's fullest. 9 degrees doesn't feel too cold to me upon entrance, but it quickly numbs my fingers! Gaylord Palms gives out heavy-duty parkas to wear inside the attraction. You can walk through the attraction in 5 minutes, or linger for as long as you'd like. I like to linger. There is so much detail to enjoy, and we love the slides!
– Choose a time that is a little later in the day, so that you can enjoy the tree lighting and 2 million twinkling lights!
– Give yourself at least a few hours to enjoy everything. There are character meet-and-greets, the ICE! exhibit, the shows and beautiful atrium. I could get lost in the atrium for hours.
– Treat yourself to a DreamWorks Experience overnight package! The Gaylord Palms Resort went through extensive upgrades this past year, and is better than ever. And we really enjoyed the Scavenger Hunt and ShrekFeast! Another bonus? Character wake-up calls.
My first vist to ICE! was in 1994, and I've seen it many years since. It never fails to delight! We are looking forward to this year's Merry Madagascar theme. A team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China will arrive in early fall to creat this year's exhibit.