It’s Christmas time again and if you want to see something spectacular, it might be worth checking out the Gaylord Palms Ice Orlando Exhibit during your stay. If you are not familiar with the Annual ICE!™ event that happens at the Orlando Gaylord Palms, it is high time that you do. Have you ever been to a Wedding or a big event and seen a large swan or other large statue created purely from Ice? Do you look at it for a while and wonder, “How in the world does someone make this from a block of ice?” If so, you are truly in for a real treat when you visit ICE!™ at the Gaylord Palms Orlando.

ICE™ Gaylord Palms Orlando 2014

Coming this year, take in The Nutcracker like you have not seen before. All of you beloved scenes played out in vibrant colors and everything built from blocks of ice kept at a chilling 9°. Listen to the beautiful music in the background as you relive all of the moments from the ballet. You will feel as if you are in a magical place, just take it in and make sure you get some good pictures along the way to show everyone something they have never seen before.

How much ice are we talking about?

It varies from year to year, but each year, this is a massive undertaking. Over 2 million pounds of ice is shipped in and carved to exact specifications. Let’s put it another way! You will be viewing the sculptures created from more than 1,000 tons, or over 300 Elephants worth of ice. It is really hard to wrap your mind around this until you actually see it.

Types of Ice

There are 3 different types of Ice used to make all of the sculptures at the Gaylord Palms ICE!™ exhibit. All of the ice comes from an Ice Factory and takes about 3 weeks total to ship it all in.

Colored Ice example at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando - Frosty and Friends

Colored Ice

This ice gets its color by the use of various dyes. It is more difficult than you would think to create color in the ice.
Example of White Ice Sculpture at Gaylord Palms Orlando

White Ice

In order to get the feeling of actual snow, ice is frozen fast to give it a cloudy look and used for the white in Frosty.
Clear Ice at the Gaylord Palms Orlando

Clear Ice

This ice is the most difficult to create because it has to be frozen slowly to get the look of a more flawless crystal.

Is the ice Exhibit Free?

No, it is not free. The amount of time and expense it takes to create something so masterful is very expensive and the Gaylord has to offset its cost by charging a ticket price. You can save a tiny amount by purchasing the tickets in advance but it will only save a dollar or two. The best option is if you are a Marriott Rewards member. If you are, you can save up to 30% on your tickets. If you are not a member, and you are interested in viewing ICE!™ the Gaylord Palms Christmas Ice in Orlando, now might be a great time to become one.

Adult Admission
Seniors (age 55+)
Kids (4-12)

* Prices are subject to change without notice

Ice Gaylord Palms Orlando 2013 Video

Frequently Asked Questions about Gaylord Palms Ice Orlando

It varies a little each year. For the 2014 showing it will start on November 15th, 2014 through January 4th of 2015.

Very Cold! In fact, it has to stay at around 9 degrees for the ice to stay frozen so make sure you bundle up. You do not have to bring your own Winter wear though. Long Coats are available in all sizes. You will want to be sure and wear your own long pants and be sure to not wear open shoes like flip-flops. You want to stay warm during you visit.

Not at all. The path that you will be taking is completely covered with carpet so you do not have to be concerned with slippery floors. You are required to wear closed toed shoes but you do not have to bring bulky boots to wear.

The walking paths are plenty wide to accommodate Wheelchairs and walkers. There are a few Wheelchairs available to borrow if needed but if they are all gone, it might be good to bring your own.

You have a couple of options when parking your car. If you decide that you will park yourself, you will be directed to the Convention Center Parking Lot. If you would rather have Valet parking, just mention this at the main gate and you will be directed to the Valet.

Parking Fees are as follows:

Self Parking
Valet Parking

* Prices are subject to change without notice

Most Guests will take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to walk through the ICE!™ at Gaylord Palms Orlando. You do not have a limit on time but at 9° you will probably want to walk briskly through and make sure that you are bundled up.

In 2013 there were 4 side by side Ice slides available for the public to enjoy. The slides are for kids and adults alike.