VIDEO Highlights of Gaylord Palms ICE! Featuring the Nutcracker

Kissimmee, Florida’s remarkable Gaylord Palms resort recently unveiled their annual Christmas season spectacle called ICE!  Gaylord Palms ICE! is housed inside their huge convention center kept at a brisk, frigid 9 degrees.  All around you’ll find a colorful wonderland based on Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker.  Scene after scene of this familiar tale unfold in what is probably the most colorful and bright Gaylord Palms ICE! display to date, with carved ice sculptures as tall as the building.  Continue reading for VIDEO highlights of 2014’s Gaylord Palms ICE!, and, for a comparison, take a look at our video from 2013 when Frosty the Snowman marched into town and/or 2012’s Merry Madagascar ICE! presentation.

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Before embarking on your adventure you are provided a nice warm parka to wear.  Don’t worry, they WILL have your size.  Be sure to bring gloves if you plan to take photos or have your hands out of your pockets.

In the center of Gaylord Palms ICE! is a playground with four slippery ice slides inviting you to whiz over and over down its sparkling, slick slope.

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Gaylord Palms ICE! featuring The Nutcracker runs now through January 4, 2015.  Also new this year is Alpine Rush Snow Tubing – an 18 foot 8-lane giant snow hill created with 1.5 million pounds of real snow.

In addition to ICE!, Gaylord Palms goes all out for Christmas under its four acre glass enclosed atrium containing lush gardens sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays and more than 2 million twinkling lights. There’s also a 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree; character dining and meet and greets; delectable holiday dining; Cookies with Mrs. Claus, and live entertainment including the rhythmic Luminescence show.

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Advance tickets for ICE! cost $14.99 (ages 4-12), $28.99 (ages 13 – 54), and $26.99 (ages 55+).  Children 3 and under are free.  To purchase tickets and to see a full schedule of activities and events, go to

DISCLOSURE: Adventures by Daddy was hosted by Gaylord Palms for the purposes of experiencing ICE! and sharing this recap.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!