ICE! At The Gaylord Texan, A Truly Shrek-tacular Experience!
By Heather Reed
ICE! Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord, Texan!
We’ve all heard the saying, “Go big, or go home,” but the Gaylord Texan takes that phrase to heart! The Gaylord Texan and Dreamworks Animation worked together to come up with the concept of their latest ICE! masterpiece, Shrek the Halls. With special artisans from Harbin, China, 2 million pounds of ice, and a temperature of only 9 degrees, it took a month to put together this wintry wonderland.
Your journey through ICE! begins with a large Christmas light display set to music, then leads into a giant theater room where you can watch exactly how the artisans from China handcrafted the displays. It is fascinating to learn the history behind how they learned to carve, about their own Ice Lantern Festivals, and why the Gaylord Texan decided to bring this tradition to the US.
After the short movie is finished, they have lovely blue parkas waiting for you and your family to put on, and escort you through a different set of doors and into the giant freezing tent.
Inside the tent, you’ll see massive ice sculptures of Puss & Boots, Donkey, Dragon, Fiona, Shrek, and their 3 babies.
The journey leads through Shrek’s swamp and tells the story of how Shrek discovers the true meaning of Christmas alongside his family and friends. Also along the way are four giant ice slides and photo ops next to the various characters!
And just when you think the fun’s over, the very last display is a giant, crystal clear ice nativity scene, a very large angel, and life-size animals all with the gospel message of Christ’s birth playing overhead. It was the perfect ending to this Shrek-tacular event and something everyone should see!
The ICE! Shrek the Halls experience is showing at the Gaylord, Texan through Sunday, January 1, 2012. You can purchase tickets online. Visit http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan/ for more information.
Heather has been happily married to the love of her life, Adam for 10 years. Together they have 4 children under 8, one with special needs. Besides homeschooling, Heather is the Texas Destination Guroo for the online family travel website, Trekaroo, is involved in the church she and her family attend, and stands lovingly by as her husband brings home all kinds of rescued reptiles for his business, The Critter Cabin.