Based on Dreamworks animated TV Special called Shrek the Halls, the Gaylord's ICE spectacular has captured Shrek's discovery of the real meaning of Christmas. The display features all the Shrek favorites - Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots, Gingy, and Donkey - literally frozen in time. The artwork is formed out of nearly 2 million pounds of ice and it is amazing.
One of the funnest parts of the display are the ice slides. You can zoom down the ice without freezing your tushy.
And at the end of the tour, visitors are invited to view a life-sized ice sculpture of a manger scene. The ice is clear for this display which really captures the essence of Christmas.
The exhibit is opened daily (including holidays) through January 6th. The hours vary for each day, so check the calendar here for available times. You can purchase tickets here - be sure to look over the available discounts for seniors, children, and military personnel.
Just a few important tips...
You can park at the Gaylord Hotel (right across the street) for $10.
Tickets range from $29 (full-price during peak hours) to free (children 0-3). The entire experience takes about 30 minutes - which is plenty of time to hang out in a tent that boasts only 9 degrees.
The exhibit is wheelchair accessible but strollers are not allowed.
It's 9 degrees inside the ICE tents, be sure to bring hats and gloves.
You are allowed to take photos, so bring your camera.
Parkas are available to wear (included in the admission price). Take one.
You must wear long pants and close-toed shoes to walk through the exhibit.
The restaurants around the area do get crowded during meal times, so consider making reservations if you want to go out to eat before or after.
You are not allowed to slide on the slides without a parka or if you are wearing high-heeled shoes.
Hot chocolate is available in the gift shop at the end of the tour. It's $3 per cup. We bought one and split it.