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Photo Gallery | ICE! Returns to Gaylord National Resort

ICE! is back at the Gaylord National Resort with a fun new theme featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar, for its third straight year, as part of Christmas on the Potomac.


It took forty carvers and thirty days to create this hand-made magical masterpiece, which brings the lovable and well-known characters from DreamWorks’ movie and TV special to life using two million pounds of colorful ice.


This walk-through indoor frozen attraction runs from November 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012.


“ICE! is a must-see holiday treat for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a unique and amazing attraction unlike anything else in the region and features a new theme every year. Now in its third year, people have made it a family tradition and we couldn’t be happier,” explained Gaylord National Resort’s Amie Gorrell.


The event first takes you on an interactive journey to see how Ice! was created, and then because of its Dreamworks partnership, a clip of the TV special, Merry Madagascar will be shown in a theater style space familiarizing the guest with the characters, and the storyline providing a background for the whole Ice! experience.


Ice! features approximately 10 scenes from the movie including Santa and his reindeer crash-landing on the island of Madagascar as well as a Nativity Scene; five thrilling ice slides that reach two-stories in height, an ice skating rink, hot chocolate, trains for the children, photo opportunities with the Penguins of Madagascar, and a Christmas gift shop.


To stay warm inside, guests are given oversized blue winter coats and are advised to wear closed toe shoes and no heels.  It does get chilly so make sure you wear warm clothing, a scarf, and gloves.


If you are looking for something fun and family-friendly to do on Thanksgiving, ICE! will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on November 24, as well as other Christmas on the Potomac attractions at the Gaylord National Resort.


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