After watching the video, you are led into another room where everyone is given a heavy coat (or parka) to put on. We put these blue parkas on top of the coats we were already wearing, and trust me when I say they are both needed. This is in addition to the gloves, hats and scarves! It only gets colder as you approach the entrance!
This year, the theme of ICE! is Christmas Around The World! With opportunities for great pictures around each corner, there’s no need to rush through the exhibit. In fact, I could just sit in awe of the magnificence. It is astonishing!
I was glad to see the ice slides again this year because it’s always something we look forward to. I love the offering of a shorter child’s slide, which is perfect for younger children. This was my son’s first year going down the “big slides” and he loved it! *Make sure you put your parka under your bottom to go faster!
For the second year in a row, we also visited the Ice Bar, where guests can enjoy a drink chilled in the 9 degree temperatures! Guests can buy tickets to the ice bar before entering the ICE! display – ask about them at Will Call!
During your visit, you can also see someone carving ice sculptures on your way out! This was a big treat for my older children and these guys sure do deserve a round of applause. Very well done!
Before exiting, the amazing (and final) ice sculpture tells the story of Jesus’ birth. This is the part we all love! The attention to detail and magnitude of the entire piece are simply breath taking!
Ice! is not only impressive, it’s absolutely beautiful in every way. It’s definitely on my “must do” list for Christmas in Texas!
This year, we were treated to Snow Tubing after we exited ICE! Talk about fun! For about $20 children (and adults) can take 12 slides on real snow! My daughter thought this was the coolest thing ever, and my other children couldn’t get enough!
There are so many things to do inside the Gaylord Texan, you will definitely want to make a day (or weekend) out of your visit!
And if that’s not enough, take a sneak-peek inside the hotel at night!
Don’t forget, if you want to experience ICE! at the Gaylord Texan, use the coupon code “FrugalMom” to save 50% on tickets!
*Parking tips: Make sure you look for the ICE! parking booth inside the parking garage (near the elevators). If you pay for parking at that booth, you will get a discount. Otherwise, parking is about $18. You can also get your parking validated by spending $25 in one of the hotel restaurants.