Ice at Gaylord Palms

Posted: December 3, 2011 in family, holidays, race training

Looking for something fun to do this holiday season?
How about pay $20+ to walk around in 9 degree temperatures? 
Any takers?
Sounds crazy, but that’s what we did last night.  And it was fun!
My mom is visiting from Virginia and to get in the holiday spirit we went to Gaylord Palms “Shrek the Halls” ICE exhibit. According to their website:
ICE! is Florida’s favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures. And this year it’s really all that it’s cracked up to be, featuring five 30-foot ice slides and an all-new, awe inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks’ Animation TV classic Shrek the Halls™.

The tickets are a little pricey ($27 per adult for a peak time), however it is a breathtaking experience.  Literally, it’s COLD!  I was a snotty faced little kid by the time we were done, but I was filled with holiday cheer!  

The ice exhibits are breathtaking.  It’s amazing what someone can create out of a block of ice.  The 30-ft slide was a favorite too…..I went fast!  And then I went down again because it was so darn fun!
Gaylord Palms gives you a parka to keep warm, but I suggest bringing gloves, a hat, and a sweatshirt.  9 degrees is cold!  

Our hands were so numb that we were wondering how football players catch or throw a ball in Green Bay?  Seriously, how do they?

It was a beautiful exhibit that we really enjoyed.  Have you been to ICE?

After our frigid frolic we walked around Gaylord Palms.  What a gorgeous hotel! Stunning!

There was even a Christmas themed show that we watched called, “Luminescence.”  It featured holiday songs (although obscure ones) and awesome aerial acts.  It made the steep ticket price seem like a better value seeing a show too.
You also have to pay $13 to park.  Buzz kill.  But my mom bought a glass of wine and they validated her parking.  Score! 🙂
This morning I was up early to announce the OUC Half Marathon.  Anybody run it? It was such a nice morning weather wise here in Central Florida.  A picture perfect day.
I hurried home after the race to do some running of my own.  With my half marathon training I had a 6 mile tempo run on the horizon.  Here’s what it looked like:
– 1.5 mile warm-up 10:00 pace
– 4 miles at a 9:09 pace (I had a hard time “finding” my pace.  Any tips? I was mainly under that time which I was happy about but I know for my longer runs I’ll need to stay closer to my pace)
– .5 mile cool down

I have some baking on the horizon for our cooking party tomorrow!
Happy Holidays!

Love and frostbite, 
Carissa & Kyle

  1. Cara says:

    I love the CIE show at gaylord hotel! We go to the one in DC!

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