Ice Gaylord Palms 2019 – Polar Express

The holidays aren’t quite over in my house. Although I love celebrating the New Year, I love to squeeze every ounce of Christmas before I can. Great think ICE at Gaylord Palms runs until Jan. 5th.

There are so many different activities and experiences that are available at Gaylord Palms. Even simply walking around and experiencing the lights is an amazing memory. I know from experience. My dad would take me to Gaylord Opryland every year I spend Christmas with him and it is something I still smile about.

This year’s theme is Polar Express. I think I have watched that movie at least 100 times. This year. No exaggeration. My kids know every song by heart.

Who am I kidding… I do too!

Check out our thoughts from last year’s A Christmas Story at ICE. 

I appreciate that whoever comes up with the themes each year keep the kids in mind. That’s half of the magic, not just the ICE but the story the ICE tells.

I also love that the exhibit isn’t just something you must look at. Check out the train car seats. We were able to sit in the Polar Express. Yes, those seats are made of ice. They did put pillows down so it was a bit more comfortable than sitting on a block of ice. Hahaha.

Of course I had to take a picture with the conductor… He will always be Tom Hanks to me.

They make sure to include characters from throughout the movie and make it as interactive as you could be with ice.

I love as we are walking through my son loved looking at his breath. That’s not something we get to do in Florida. Keep in mind that the room is only 9 degrees.

They do give you oversized parkas to wear, but from experience make sure to have a few other items. It will allow you to stay in the room longer. Once you leave, there’s no going back, so you want to be nice and warm as long as possible.

Make sure to take gloves and something to cover your ears at a minimum. I also made sure were were wearing pants and long sleeves.

This little guy missed the fun this year. That’s OK. He absolutely HATES the cold. And pants… and sleeves. He is a true Florida boy. He slept through all of it, and it’s not a quite place. I had to take a picture of him, just so he knows we actually took him when he gets older. 🙂

I will say this is my favorite Santa picture this year. What you don’t see is Haven had just spilled Hot Chocolate everywhere on their wooden floor and their wonderful elves were busy cleaning it all up as he was talking to Santa.

Note to self: always carry wipes or paper towels with me… anywhere I go. This was our third hot chocolate spill of the season.

There are ice slides in the ICE exhibit that are fun, especially if you keep your jacket down over your bum. It helps you slide faster.

Something else not to miss is the actual ICE artists carving additional ICE sculptures there. This part is great for kiddos to see because it lets them see that someone actually makes these awesome pieces and my chance again to say…

“You can carve ICE when you get older too.”

 

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