2008 Gaylord Palms ICE!

A surfing Santa and an ice gator wave goodbye to ICE! patrons.
Surfing Santa along with an ice gator
Again in 2008, the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL (near Orlando) put on their impressive ICE! display. Three of the Gaylord Hotels bring in teams of carvers each year from Harbin, China to carve extensive and elaborate ice displays for the holidays. The Harbin carvers use a lot of colored ice and build large structures that visitors can walk through and that offer many photo opportunities.

Here's the secrets blog entry that introduces this gallery.

entryway: the familiar igloo entryway is part of the first ICE! scene

rabbits: realistic rabbits sit by the walkway in the Winter Wonderland scene

ornament room: the Hall of Ornaments is filled with giant ornaments that make you feel a bit like you’re hanging on a tree

lightpost: fluorescent lighting runs up the center of an elaborate lightpost

swirl wall: the giant swirl wall is found in the Candy Land scene

Santa’s knee: visitors can sit on a huge Santa’s knee and tell him what they want for Christmas.

snowflake: a large snowflake hanging on the wall marks the path to the next scene.

elf chair: elves made into chairs offer a spot to sit down while others sit with Santa

One room even features long slides for the kids (and adults acting like kids). Visitors are issued long parkas for the subzero temperatures. The other Gaylord hotels that put on their own ICE! displays are the the Gaylord Texan (Grapevine, TX) and the Gaylord Opryland (Nashville).

manger scene: the popular manger scene makes its usual appearance in the ICE! exhibit.

Santa in his sleigh: Santa sits atop the slide room, directing his team

Rudolph leads the way: this time, the slide room is filled with Santa and his reindeer.

flying reindeer: these flying reindeer show the way down the long slides

Santa and a gator: Santa and a Florida gator wave good-bye near the exit

polar bears: familiar polar bears hint of sponsorship.

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