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Theme park passholders are offered free and discounted admission to ICE! at the Gaylord Palms

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2008) – For theme park passholders, the Christmas season quickly changes from green to black… as in “holiday black-out periods” when some Orlando passes are not valid at the turnstiles.

To combat the problem, season passholders for select Florida theme parks are invited to receive a choice of a free child’s admission to ICE! or a half-price adult admission to ICE!, with the purchase of a regularly-priced adult admission.

This offer is available by showing a current season pass at the ICE! Box Office during the dates of Dec. 19, 2008 through Jan. 4, 2009.

This promotion is valid for season passholders of the following theme parks: all Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks, all Universal Orlando theme parks, SeaWorld Adventure Park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Aquatica, and Wet ‘n Wild.

The fine print: Only one complimentary or discounted ticket will be issued per season passholder, with purchase of a regularly priced adult ICE! ticket. Season passholder must be present, and will be required to show valid theme park season pass. Child tickets valid for children ages 4 through 12 only.

For more information, please visit www.gaylordpalms.com/passholder.

About ICE!

At ICE!, guests can explore a whimsical winter wonderland of larger-than-life, three-dimensional hand-carved ice monuments and sculptures, including fantastic frozen creations, slippery ice slides, and memorable holiday scenes. As for the chill, visitors are given oversized parkas to stay comfortable inside the attraction, which is kept at a blustery 9 degrees.
In its sixth season, ICE! reflects the theme “Santa’s Arctic Blast,” featuring several scenes that star “Jolly Cold Saint Nicholas” himself.
One such scene is an oversized photo opportunity featuring a 13.5-foot-tall Santa Claus. Visitors can sit on the knee of this colossal Santa, providing an interesting perspective – and a fun photo! Another guest favorite, the ICE! castle and slides, have been re-designed to celebrate Santa’s Christmas Eve flight… reindeer and all!
The attraction’s signature scene, a life-size Nativity carved completely of crystal-clear ice, has been described as one of the most breathtaking depictions of the birth of Christ. Dramatic lighting and a stirring narrative track give guests an opportunity to pause and reflect on the story behind the season.
This year’s attraction is presented by Coca-Cola and Walgreen’s and sponsored by Nissan.

In addition to ICE!, this year’s Best of Florida Christmas program includes an entire slate of holiday revelry:
· Hidden Holiday Gnome Hunt: Families can hunt throughout the Gaylord Palms atriums to spot cleverly hidden gnomes.

· Christmas in Florida: The County Wreath Collection: An exhibition of wreaths decorated to reflect Florida’s diverse destinations, from coast to coast.

· The Majestic Christmas Tree, perched atop the Castillo de San Marcos fort, towering more than 70 feet above Emerald Plaza.

· Live stage entertainment, on select dates.

· Santa visits. (Or, if you're shy, you can send him your wish list via email at an on-site terminal!)

· Holiday brunch with Mrs. Claus on select weekends at Villa de Flora.

· In addition, guests can enjoy themed décor and holiday lights throughout each of the resort's three atriums.


ICE! tickets range from $9.99 - $24.99, depending on the type of ticket, and day of the week.
For more information or reservations, call (407) 586-4-ICE. To learn more about ICE! or Best of Florida Christmas, guests can visit www.gaylordpalms.com/ice. To learn more about other holiday events in Central Florida, visit www.ChristmasInOrlando.com.
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