One Tank Trips: Orlando
TV20's Mike Gismondi will take us to several events across the state that are perfect family- friendly destinations for the season.
Tonight, let's go to Orlando for an event that allows you to really "chill" out.
" It's called the frostbite factory," said Randolph Borden with the Gaylord Palms Resort.
The "factory" worker is an artist.
"We are actually standing in it, this is going to be the Frostbite Factory, it's going to feature the artisans in action," said Borden.
An artisan whose canvas would melt outside this factory.
Borden is referring to the annual ICE! event at the resort.
" It's really breathtaking. The finished product is absolutely breathtaking," said Borden.
The event is in it's 11th year and features something that you usually wouldn't be able to find in Central Florida.
" We know how warm it is during the months of November and December, it's a great opportunity for families to feel as though they are immersed in the Christmas season, because it's only 9 degrees in here," said Borden.
That temperature is necessary to keep this room of ice sculptures around.
2 million pounds of ice are brought into Florida to the event accompanied by 40 ice sculptors from Harbin, China.
This year's theme is Frosty The Snowman taking you through the famous story in a way you've never seen before.
" The event is a unique for the Florida area, I don't think there is anything like this anywhere to be quite honest," said Borden.
TV20 is giving you a sneak-peek behind the scenes of this event, but for the first time ever visitors will be able to see the artists at work.
Borden says the event is truly for all ages.
He says he has even seen some of the oldest visitors taking advantage of the slides made of ice at the event.
" I say it's for all ages because we find that whether you are a child, or a child at heart, people enjoy playing in this environment," said Borden.
But due to the chilly temperatures inside, Bolden says visitors should plan ahead.
The resort does loan you a warm parka before entering the exhibit, but they also recommend you bring a hat, gloves and certainly closed toed shoes.
Borden says as long as you can stand the cold it's an event that you may want to return to for years to come.
" We have found over the 11 years that we have been here that people who do come out, they are hooked, they make this a family tradition year after year," said Borden.
Borden says this event is just something you can't miss.
" To make the hour and half or two hour drive, you really are getting as much christmas as you could hope to take in," said Borden.
And as close to the north pole as you may want to get.
Mike Gismondi TV20 News
For event dates, hours, and tickets, please visit their website listed below!
EVENT WEBSITE: www.christmasatgaylordpalms.com
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