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.
A full bus left LWR Town Hall at 8:30AM and headed to Orlando – first stop, the Grand Floridian Hotel decorated for the holidays.
The tour moved on to Downtown Disney where members ate lunch, meandered through the shops and enjoyed the fine warm weather.
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.
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.
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.
The group returned to Lakewood Ranch after dark, weary but full of cookies, good cheer and friendship.