Looking for a FAR, FAR from ordinary way to spend your holidays? Head to the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. They’ve teamed up with DreamWorks to bring you the most amazing and spectacular holiday events that you and your kids will go crazy for.
First up is ICE! This chilly holiday display is created from two million pounds of carved ice. It takes 40 master ice carvers from Harbin, China, to create these masterpieces. (Harbin is home to the world famous Ice Carving Festival.) This year’s theme is Shrek The Halls so you’ll find DreamWorks characters like Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, his wife Dragon, Puss in Boots and more, all created from ice. It is truly mind blowing – and the coolest holiday display you may ever see. You can even slide down your choice of ice slides.
Hooded parkas are provided but you need to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants as the walk-through display is kept at a frigid 9 degrees. Scarves, gloves and hats are highly recommended as well. Bring your own or purchase onsite. And keep a Kleenex handy as any northerner can tell you – your nose will run in cold temperatures.
Love gingerbread at the holidays? You can build a gingerbread house, ornament or create a gingerbread family at Gingy’s Gingerbread Experience. Not only does it smell wonderfully delicious, but the entire area looks like a huge gingerbread house. Step inside – and admire the frosted walls with faux candies and decorator/baker touches. Gingy even makes an appearance (the gingerbread man from Shrek)! This is great family time because you sit around a table, chatting, laughing and working together to create your very own works of art. Take it home with you and enjoy it for the season.
Puss in Boots in 3D is presented in their stadium theater. Choose your choice of snacks and a drink then watch this hilarious tale unfold. It’s great fun and the adults will love this just as much as the kids.
Po’s Awesome Snow gives your kids the chance to play in 130 tons of snow. It’s an entire play area, kept cold but not freezing, with playground slides and more. Po leads you into this winter wonderland, then returns for photos at the end of the session.
Under the resort’s 4.5-acre atrium, you’ll find live holiday music shows, Santa Claus, polar bear scavenger hunts, holiday menus at their restaurants and lots more. Don’t miss ShrekFeast at their famed Villa Del Flora buffet restaurant. This is a special character breakfast with appearance by Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and others. Food is great and photo opps are guaranteed.
You don’t have to stay at the resort to enjoy all the festivities but they do offer great package deals that included tickets and such. And if you’ve never stayed at the Gaylord Palms or visited this resort, you surely must. It is spectacular and there is nothing like it in all of Florida. (Where else can you have a meal on the deck of a 60’ schooner, floating in a salt water lagoon, underneath an atrium, so the weather doesn’t matter?) Don’t miss this!