Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Your a COLD one, Mr. Grinch!

We've heard the stories of the Gaylord Texan's ICE exhibit for several years now, so we decided to check it out for ourselves on Sunday afternoon!

And it didn't disappoint.

This year, ICE tells the story of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, by recreating scenes from the book in intricately carved, larger-than-life ice sculptures set in a walk-through world.

Here are a few fun facts about ICE:

the number of types of ice used in the construction of ICE! ~ Clear “glass-like” crystal ice – so flawless that it is compared to Waterford Crystal – makes up 80 percent of the sculptures ~ “White ice” blocks, which are more like compacted snow, make up 15 percent of the sculptures ~ Colored ice, which is dyed brilliant colors, is used for highlighting and accenting the remaining 5 percent of the sculptures

DEGREES that is! The temperature inside the exhibit.
Don't worry though, they provide HUGE blue parkas to keep you warm!

the approximate number of days needed to hand-carve the ICE display

the number of artisans from the City of Harbin (China) Tourism and Development Commission, who sculpt the attraction by hand

the number of LED lights frozen within ICE

the number of ICE blocks hand-carved and transformed into our winter wonderland

That's the amount of ice it took to create the exhibit this year!

Oh and I'll throw in one more TIP...wait till after Christmas Day to visit, like we did.
You can thank me for that little jewel next year when you don't have to wait, like some folks did,
in line for 2 hours.
And now my favorite stanza from the Grinch theme song...
ah, hem!
"You're a monster, Mr. Grinch,
Your heart's an empty hole,
Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul, Mr. Gri-inch,
I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!"


Janie said...

How fun! We went last year and really enjoyed it. Haven't made it yet this year, though. I bet Cade and Gracyn LOVED it. Did they have the slide again?

RANDY said...

Boy o Boy, was it ever cold here...Brrrrrrrr! What a true winter wonderland...

Margie said...

It does get cold!!!!!!