2007 Gaylord Palms ICE!
(secrets blog entries mentioning this gallery: 1//4/08, 1/7/08, and 1/10/08)
Igloo entrance: Each of the Gaylord displays feature a cool igloo entryway this year.
Poinsettia: Vivid red ice is used to create huge poinsettias that flank the entrance.
Vividly colored fish: Pieces of different colored ice are skillfully combined for fantastic effect. Props like the earmuffs are used regularly around the display.
Welcoming fish: In the igloo, visitors are met by frozen fish.
Rabbits: One of the first scenes is a winter wonderland. Delicately carved rabbits sit amongst lighted trees.
Polar bears: Life-sized polar bears fit the winter theme.
Deer: The deer stand peacefully near the gazebo despite the nearby bears.
More bears: Animal figures exhibit a variety of poses rather than stiff profiles
Gazebo: The walk-through gazebo offers a nice vantage point for nearby sculptures.
Junction station: A large train scene includes many photo opportunities. This train station includes working lights frozen into the ice.
Sundae and cupcake: Massive oversized desserts might become the stuff of kids’ dreams!
Ice cream cone: Large enough to cause a colossal brain-freeze...
Gingerbread house: A massive and colorful gingerbread house is the centerpiece of the Candy Land room.
Railing: The metal safety railing is actually frozen into the ice.
Candy Land room spiral: Even the walls feature whimsical and colorful designs
Peppermint: Giant, colorful candies decorate the edges of the room, perhaps tempting visitors to take a quick lick
Arched exit: A large, colored snowflake decorates the exit from the candy room.
Travelocity Gnome: The familiar figure was embedded in one of the walls, much like in a recent Travelocity commercial involving an ice hotel.
Mary and Joseph: The figures in the Nativity scene are well carved and the display includes changing lighting and a narrated audio track.
Joseph: Each ICE! display includes a complete Nativity scene. Here, Joseph stands over the infant Jesus (the halo is clear plastic).
Baby Jesus: The Nativity scenes at each display are unusual in that they don’t include any colored ice.
Shepherd and sheep: Adjacent to the main Nativity scene are smaller related scenes.
Large Angel: This angel stands near the Nativity scene, as if keeping watch over the infant king.
Wiseman: Some of the most impressive carvings at the displays are the Wisemen, with their elaborate costumes and gifts for Jesus.
Penguin line-up: In the slide room, called Penguin Pointe, cartoon-style penguins are everywhere.
More penguins: The colorful birds reflect the playful attitude of the slide room.
Skating rink: Equally out of place in Florida is the “outdoor” ice rink set up under a tent. After you see the ICE!, you can skate on some.
Santa waves goodbye: Santa’s North Pole is the last stop at ICE! this year.