Polar Bear Plunge at Gaylord Palms December 18

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in Central Florida. But don’t go packing away your swimsuit just yet. The ultimate frozen challenge is scheduled to take place at Gaylord Palms and the coolest of the cool will be on hand in their favorite swimsuit. That’s right – swimsuit. Central Floridians will finally have the opportunity to experience a favorite northern tradition – the Polar Bear Plunge.

Guests age 21 and older can visit Gaylord Palms Resort on Friday, Dec. 18, and zoom down the Alpine Rush Snow Tubing hills, jaunt through the 9-degree ICE! attraction and plummet down the two-story ice slides wearing only a bikini or board shorts! The adrenaline rush begins at 8 p.m. when guests are welcomed with a VIP reception, two hours of unlimited access to cosmic snow tubing, the ICE! plunge and a post-event hot chocolate warm up station.

Polar Bear Plunge tickets are $50 plus tax and processing fees and include access to Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, appetizers and two drink tickets to be redeemed during the event. A portion of all ticket proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.

What to wear
To get the full Orlando Polar Bear Plunge experience, inductees are encouraged to experience the ICE! and Snow Tubing attractions in their swimsuits for the full chill, but summer clothing such as shorts and a T-shirt can also be worn. Swimsuits must be in good taste, and shoes are required. Along with wearing swimsuits, guests are strongly encouraged to wear hats, gloves, warm socks and other cold-weather accessories. Don’t forget to bring your ugliest Christmas sweater to keep you warm while you wait.

Make Memories. Share Memories.
Don’t leave home without a camera! Guests are encouraged to capture their experiences and share their photos on Twitter and Instagram using #CAGP15. Photos may even be featured on one of the resort’s Central Florida billboards!

The Polar Bear Plunge is a part of Christmas at Gaylord Palms which is open daily through Jan. 3, 2015, including holidays. To purchase tickets and for a schedule of entertainment, visit www.ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com.

Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746. For more information, visit www.gaylordpalms.com or call 407-586-4423.

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Thank you Gaylord Palms for supporting Special Olympics of Florida!

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

I was pretty sure Little Jack Frost moved out of Florida because we’ve just left what I call “fummer” (fall + a heavy dose of summer). It may be winter on the meteorological calendar, but I haven’t believed it because it hasn’t yet feel like it… UNTIL…

Until a visit to ICE! featuring ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas At Gaylord Palms!

Twas the night Gaylord Palms

From the moment you arrive at Gaylord Palms you know you’re in for a holiday treat. The building is draped in gorgeous lights and the sights and sounds on every corner welcome you to the season.

Glorious Tree at Gaylord PalmsThe atrium in Gaylord Palms is spectacular year-round, but for the holidays it literally drips with lights (over 2 million of them!). Guests enjoy a feast of festiveness centered around their glorious 54-foot tree.

Cascading white lights seem like snow falling all around it and, with a dose of holiday magic, the atrium really does “snow” nightly, turning the atrium into one gigantic snow globe!

More holiday magic unfolds with Cirque Dreams UnWrapped.” This fantastical nightly performance (free to the public) blends artistry, acrobatics, gymnastics, theatrics and a whole lot of holiday fun. Because of the performers rotate, each night the show is different, showcasing various incredible skills and feats.

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All around the resort, guests can participate in the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt. Kids (and big kids!) will delight seeing just where the mischievous little guy is perched. Get your “I Spy” skills working as you discover all of his spots.

The main attraction is ICE!

blocks of ice

Blocks of ice waiting to be carved into holiday creations. Frozen “diamonds in the rough.”

The first time I saw ICE! years ago, it almost didn’t seem real. Artisans carve towering blocks of ice into every imaginable shape. This year I was invited to be an “ice-pert” and enjoyed watching the spectacle progress from the day the team from Harbin China arrived through to the grand opening for the season.

The "blank canvas" blocks of ice are now ice slides and a tree with presents.

The blank canvas blocks of ice are now ice slides and a tree with presents.

For 2015, the theme is ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. The classic story unfolds room by room.

Guests will marvel at the incredible detail of each piece, from reindeer horns to a plate of milk and cookies for Santa.

Not only are there amazing sights at every turn, but ice slides and even an ice bar!

My 8-year-old is particularly fond of one of the add-on activities: Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, an eight lane tubing hill that’s covered in REAL SNOW! While I enjoyed going down a few times, he’s been down probably 75 times now (we keep coming back!).

There’s no shortage of holiday happenings at Gaylord Palms Resort for the holidays, and since the days leading up to Christmas are forecast for upper 80s, a trip to Gaylord Palms Resort will give you a chance to not only delight in some of the most magical holiday events of the season, but will give you a wintry chill too!

Disclosure: Our family was invited to preview ICE! featuring ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and received a night’s stay plus admission to holiday activities and food. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Gaylord Palms ICE! Welcomes Gigi’s Cupcakes Founder

Gigi with Nutmeg Photo courtesy Gigi Butler

Gigi with Nutmeg
Photo courtesy Gigi Butler

Gigi’s Cupcakes founder and culinary creator, Gigi Butler, will be on hand for a special appearance at ICE! at Gaylord Palms on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 6– 8 p.m. Patrons can meet Gigi herself, and enjoy the festivities before or after visiting this years’ ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The first 50 people to enter will receive a complimentary Gigi’s Cupcakes Sugar Vanilla candle, and everyone attending will be entered to win a pink Kitchen-Aid mixer valued at $369.00. Patrons will also be able to purchase Gigi’s original gourmet cupcakes and enjoy Gigi’s holiday themed desserts including mini cupcakes and stuffed cookies from Gigi’s cupcakes of Orlando. Twenty percent of cupcake sales during the evening will be donated to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

2015-11-24 10.27.43“I am thrilled to join Gaylord Palms Christmas tradition,” said Gigi Butler. “Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of year and Gaylord Palms does such an incredible job with lights, decorations and music. It’s a privilege to be at ICE! because it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring families together to do something fun with their kids and celebrate the season.  I hope the community will come join us for this magical event.”

ICE! at Gaylord Palms featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a walk-through holiday attraction that is kept at a chilly 9 degrees. Attendees will experience two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four slides, six individual rooms depicting the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, the Frostbite Factory – a live carving zone and a full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice.

ICE! tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office.  For more information about the event, call 1-407-586-4423 or visit www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com