Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"ICE!" - Gaylord Palms Resort / Orlando, FL (2011)

Gaylord Palms Resort
Orlando, FL

A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend asked me if I'd like to accompany her and her two young daughters to the upcoming annual ICE! production in Orlando. Okay, to be honest, she really didn't invite me. In her "unique" way, I was informed that I was going. I learned very early on in our relationship that it is usually in my best interest to respond to "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 Palms ResortI soon discovered that it's quite a swanky joint and that it is the size of about 37 (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.

His 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 (this year) 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!

-Christopher Long
(November 2011)

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