Gaylord Palms Ice 12/2013

Members of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club enjoyed the holiday decorations at the beautiful Grand Floridian Hotel, lunch and shopping in Downtown Disneyand, and  experienced the magic of Gaylord Palms Ice! onWednesday, December 4.

Jill, Debbie, Mary Beth Steffens [right] LWRWC president, dressed in warm parkas for the ice tour

Jill, Debbie, Mary Beth Steffens [right] LWRWC president, dressed in warm parkas for the ice tour


A full bus left LWR Town Hall at 8:30AM and headed to Orlando – first stop,  the Grand Floridian Hotel decorated for the holidays.

Diane Shaw, program chair [left] with Trish Newman, vice president in the Grand Floridian lobby

Diane Shaw, program chair [left] with Trish Newman, vice president in the Grand Floridian lobby

Gingerbread House in Grand Floridain Lobby-built entirely of edible gingerbread and offering cvookies and candy for sale

Gingerbread House in Grand Floridain Lobby-built entirely of edible gingerbread and offering cookies and candy for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour moved on to Downtown Disney where members ate lunch, meandered through the shops and  enjoyed the fine warm weather.

DTDisney

After a few hours  in Downtown Disney, the group boarded the bus again  for the short ride to the Gaylord Palms Resort.

The ladies were given warm parkas to wear and were advised to wear long pants, closed shoes, and gloves as the ice sculptures are displayed in an area kept at 9 degrees F.  They posed for a group picture then toured the ice carvings at their own pace.

One of the many ice scuptures on display which featured "colored ice"

One of the many ice scuptures on display which featured “colored ice”

The theme of this year’s  award-winning ICE! attraction show is Frosty the Snowman and was carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China.

Chinese artisan demontrates ice carving technique

Chinese artisan demontrates ice carving technique

The talented artisans spend more than a month in Kissimmee/Orlando creating this one-of-a-kind attraction. Harbin is best known for its annual International Ice and Snow Festival, where more than 2,000 sculptors annually carve a 100-acre walk-through ice park, using ice from the nearby Songhua River.

Carolynne Shumate takes the dare and slides down the ice shute - burrr!!!

Carolynne Shumate takes the dare and slides down the ice shute – burrr!!!

The group returned to Lakewood Ranch after dark, weary but full of cookies, good cheer and friendship.