My BFFs, Molly and Casey standing in
front of a enormous Shrek sculpture --
carved completely out of ice!
A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend, Michelle, asked me if I'd like to accompany her and her two young daughters to the upcoming ICE! production being held at The Gaylord Palms Resort, located in Orlando, Florida. Okay, to be honest, she really didn't invite me. In her unique (and loving) way, Michelle actually informed me that I was going. I learned very early on in our relationship that it is usually in my best interest to respond to Michelle's various "invitations" with an immediate and at least semi-heartfelt, "Yes, dear." Well, today was the day of the show.
I never before had been to The Gaylord, but I soon discovered that it's quite a swanky joint and that it is the size of about thirty-seven (large) shopping malls. But the staff was extremely friendly and quite helpful. As a result, upon our arrival, we easily found our way to the event and in a timely fashion.
No, this isn't Mr. Bill.
I learned that this fellow's name is Gingy and he is somehow connected
to the Shrek story. As for his "friend," I believe her name is Cookie.
I understand that they met recently via the "Sweet-n-Single" Internet dating service.
(But I could be wrong.)
Simply put, the ICE! exhibit is akin to a wax museum, except the sculptures are based on the Shrek the Halls story and they are all carved out of ice -- lots and lots of ice! And in order to maintain the sculptures' icy perfection throughout the event's six-week run, the temperature of the viewing area is kept at a "balmy" 9°. Hence, complimentary parkas are loaned out to attendees.
This one gives a whole new meaning
to the term, "Pigs in a Blanket!"
This breathtakingly magnificent Nativity scene
also was carved completely out of ice!
In short, it was an awesome show and all three of us kids had a fantastic time!
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