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Snow, Ice & Gingerbread - Holiday Celebrations Orlando Style!

Posted by orlando on November 19, 2015

Join us for our annual Snow, Ice and Gingerbread Tour.

First off we head to the Walt Disney World Resort where we visit some of the luxury resorts where the Disney baking team have been creating fantastic gingerbread sciences - from life sized gingerbread houses to moving carousels - so many fantastic things to see, and the smell is so delicious you almost would want to start eating the displays!

Next we visit the Gaylord Palms Resort which brings the icy North Pole to Central Florida and everyone’s favorite snowman will be joining the festivities. 

A walk-through attraction hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice, ICE! will definitely make anyone forget they’re in the Sunshine State. The attraction, which is entering its sixth year, allows visitors to experience a winter wonderland with incredible icy landscapes, slippery ice slides, and three-dimensional sculptures hand carved by a team of artisans from China. Combined with over 1,500 fluorescent and fiber optic lights frozen within the ice in over 18,000 square feet of space, the sculptures create a magical holiday experience like no other.

This year’s ICE! theme is “The Nutcraker,” which will feature Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four thrilling slides! Relive your favorite scenes from the classic ballet, accompanied by the original Tchaikovsky score.. The ICE! castle and slides have also been upgraded to celebrate Santa’s Christmas Eve flight, complete with reindeer and all. And don’t miss ICE’s yearly signature scene, a life-sized Nativity carved completely out of ice. A favorite among visitors, the nativity features dramatic lighting and a narrated soundtrack that brings to life the story of the birth of Christ. It’s a great way to pause and reflect on the meaning of the season.

Every year, 40 artisans from Harbin, China, spend a month in Kissimmee, Florida, to create the sculptures in ICE! out of nearly 5,000 blocks of ice. The artisans are participants in Harbin’s famous annual International Ice and Snow Festival, where sculptors carve a 100-acre walk-through at Zhao Lin Park with ice taken from the Songhua River.

Visitors to ICE! should beware; this is no artificial winter simulation. It really is cold in there! Kept at a brisk 9 degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice, the unique structure housing ICE! is also known as the “Florida Fridge,” one of the first of its kind in North America.

Following time to explore ICE, admission tickets and oversized parkas are included within our package; guest will be transported to the City of Celebration. 

Celebration was created in plans by Disney as a community of tomorrow where everyone would want to live. At Christmastime it is transformed with lights and a stunning Christmas tree. On Market Street the magic of Disney makes the ‘Snow’ fall – adults and children alike love the splendor to the holiday magic.

At the end of the evening you will be in the holiday spirit having seen some of the most magical holiday creations that Florida can offer!Snow.jpg

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