Gaylord National’s Smash-Hit Holiday Attraction ICE! Brings the Story of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ to the Washington D.C. Region

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Visitors can experience 10 different scenes from the classic Dr. Seuss story, including the Grinch’s frozen mountaintop lair and the picturesque village of Who-ville, all sculpted entirely of ice.

“Grinch’s Roast-Beast Feast” -- Sculpted entirely from two million pounds of ice, the winter holiday attraction “ICE! featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas” depicts 10 different scenes from the Dr. Seuss classic story, including the famous “Roast-Beast Feast.” The indoor, walk-through attraction will be open Nov. 18, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md.

The attraction is fully interactive, allowing visitors to roam inside, around and on-top of scenes.

This holiday season, Gaylord National Resort’s smash-hit holiday attraction returns to the Washington D.C. region, but with a brand-new theme. The 2010 edition of Gaylord National’s ICE! will bring to life the story of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic: “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” brilliantly showcasing how the “Who-ville-hating” Grinch with a heart two sizes too small learns the true meaning of Christmas.

The amazing walk-through attraction will feature famous scenes from the Dr. Seuss classic storybook carved completely out of ice. Visitors will walk through the Grinch’s frozen mountaintop lair and see the picturesque village of Who-ville, including the Who’s roast-beast feast. They can meet the Grinch’s devoted companion, Max the dog, and his favorite Who, named Cindy Lou – both sculpted in ice. There’s even 20-foot-tall slides made of ice, designed for kids and big kids alike to race down. The attraction is fully interactive, allowing visitors to roam inside, around and on-top of scenes.

Beginning in early October, a group of 40 of the world’s best ice artisans will travel to the resort from Harbin, China – known as the world’s “ice city” for its spectacular outdoor ice sculpture festival – to transform 5,000 blocks of ice weighing TWO MILLION POUNDS into magnificent, full-color and life-size ice sculptures. The entire construction process takes approximately 40 days to complete.

The indoor attraction is housed in a 15,000-square-foot structure specially created and thickly insulated to maintain its internal temperature of nine degrees Fahrenheit. To stay comfortable inside, guests are loaned oversized winter coats to wear. After experiencing ICE!, guests can also enjoy many other fun activities, including an Indoor Ice Skating Rink, Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Crafts Corner and a Holiday Gift Shop.

See the video: “Mr. Grinch Goes to Washington”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TjTzdKS0xw
Take a sneak peek at the ICE! TV Commercial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TjTzdKS0xw

Gaylord National’s ICE! featuring “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

  •     Open daily from Nov. 18, 2010 through Jan. 9, 2011
  •     Adult ticket prices: $19-$29
  •     Kids (ages 4-12) ticket prices: $12-$18
  •     Children ages 3 and under are free
  •     Discounted tickets for military, seniors and group of 20 or more are available
  •     Special “Early Bird Discount” Tickets on sale NOW (though Oct. 1, 2010)

For More Information or to Purchase ICE! Tickets:

Christmas on the Potomac
The ICE! attraction is just one of many activities taking place throughout Gaylord National Resort’s annual Christmas on the Potomac event. Visitors will also enjoying breathtaking holiday décor including two million holiday lights, a 60-foot tall glass Christmas tree with a nightly tree lighting show; indoor snowfalls every night, a kid’s scavenger hunt, and much more. Guests will even be able to spend quality time with the Grinch himself as they join him for special “Breakfast with The Grinch” events held every weekend. For more information, or to book hotel packages, visit http://www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com or call 301-965-4110.

“Christmas Memories” Package
Christmas is about making special memories, and there’s no better place than at Gaylord National.
Guests can save up to 30 percent off the regular cost of purchasing these experiences separately.
Availability: Select dates in November 2010 through January 2011
Duration: 1 night (extra nights are available)
Package Price: Starting at $99 per person*
To book: call 301-965-4110

Package includes:

  •     1 night deluxe room accommodations at Gaylord National Resort
  •     Ticket to ICE!
  •     Souvenir ICE! photo (one per room)
  •     Daily self-parking
  •     Daily resort fee

*Price is per person, based on double occupancy for deluxe accommodations, plus tax. Extra adult and child rates available. Not valid for groups or in conjunction with other offers. Not retroactive. Subject to availability; blackout dates apply. Other restrictions may apply.

“Grandparent Getaway” Package
There’s no better time than the holidays for grandparents to create lasting memories with their grandchildren.
Guests can save up to 30 percent off the regular cost of purchasing these experiences separately.
Availability: Select dates in November and December, 2010 (Thursday through Saturday arrivals)
Duration: 2 nights
Package Price: Starting at $203 per person*
To Book: Call 301-965-4110

Package includes:

  •     2 nights deluxe room accommodations at Gaylord National Resort
  •     Ticket to ICE!
  •     Souvenir ICE! photo (one per room)
  •     Ticket to Breakfast with The Grinch
  •     Daily self-parking
  •     Daily resort fee

*Price is per person, based on double occupancy for deluxe accommodations, plus tax. Extra adult and child rates available. Valid for Thursday-Saturday arrivals. Not valid for groups or in conjunction with other offers. Subject to availability; blackout dates apply. Not retroactive. Other restrictions may apply.

About Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
The property opened April 25, 2008 along the banks of the Potomac River, less than eight miles south of the nation’s capital, in National Harbor, Md., a new 300-acre waterfront destination. Gaylord National is the largest-combined hotel and convention center on the Eastern Seaboard, offering 2,000 guest rooms, including 110 lavish suites; 470,000 square feet of convention, meeting and exhibit space; acclaimed restaurants; Relâche™ Spa; Pose Ultra Lounge; and a soaring 18-story, glass-covered atrium. For more information, visit http://www.gaylordnational.com.

Guest Contact
Gaylord National Reservations: 301-965-4110

Media Relations Contact
Amie Gorrell, Director of Public Relations: 301-965-2111 or agorrell(at)gaylordhotels(dot)com

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