Gaylord National's ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar Review and $3 Off Promo Codes

If you live in DC Metro area or want to get away for a quick trip, I highly recommend taking your family to see Gaylord National's ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar. From Nov. 18 to Jan. 8, the DreamWorks Animation holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures carved entirely from TWO-MILLION pounds of ice. 

Relive the story as you stroll through this amazing attraction featuring scenes such as how Santa and his reindeer crash-landed onto the island of Madagascar, and why Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and the wacky penguins must figure out how to save Christmas by delivering all the presents themselves. This is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Now, to the best part... SavingQueen readers can enjoy an exclusive discount of $3 off their ICE! tickets (see details below).  Use the following ICE! promo code to save $3 off of the purchase of your ICE! tickets: MEDIAFRIEND11 

  • $3 off every ICE! Adult Ticket (ages 13+) and $3 off every ICE! Kid’s Ticket (ages 4-12) – now thru Jan. 8.
  • Valid for all Sunday through Thursday dates (excluding all Saturdays and Dec. 24-Jan. 1). 
  • The regular priced ICE! Adult Ticket is $25 (so you’ll pay only $22), and the regular-price “Non-Peak” Kid’s Ticket is $20 (so you’ll pay only $17). Children ages 3 and under are free.

To take advantage of this Promo Code discount:

  • Call 301-965-4000 and mention code “MEDIAFRIEND11” to purchase by phone.
  • Visit www.christmasonthepotomac.com, then click on “Buy ICE! Tickets,” and enter “MEDIAFRIEND11” as the discount code to purchase online.  (The discount will automatically appear whenever one of the available dates is selected.)

*Not valid for walk-up (onsite) ICE! ticket purchases, or for Senior, Military or Group discounts. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

Here is video footage and photos from our trip to Gaylord National's ICE!

There are many dining choices and fun things to do at Gaylord National. We ended up eating at National Pastime Bar & Grill, which is located inside of Gaylord National. I had the best BBQ Pork sandwich that I have ever tasted!  My husband and kids enjoyed watching football on the 30-foot video wall. Then we watched the lighting of the 60-foot glass Tree of Light, fountain show with dancing fountains that shoot 60-feet high, indoor snowfall and we even had a chance to meet Santa (all featured in the video above)! The tree lighting, indoor snowfall and fountain show occur nightly from 6:30pm-6:45pm in the lower atrium of the hotel.

Here is a sample itinerary to get you started: 

ArrivalGaylord National Self-Parking is located at the rear of the hotel; follow the signs for “Official ICE! Parking”.  From parking, proceed inside the ICE! Pavilion, located across the street.

Family Fun Time!ICE! featuring Merry Madagascar (Daily Hours Vary)
·        After experiencing ICE!, practice those figure eights on the ice skating rink!
·         Meet the Penguins of Madagascar!  

Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating Experience (Noon-9pm)Lower Atrium of hotel
·        This fun, sticky, interactive holiday tradition is now a whole lot sweeter! Create a delicious gingerbread house masterpiece, and then meet Gingy – the famous gingerbread man of all from the Shrek movies!
DreamWorks Character Passport

(Saturday & Sunday, 2pm-10pm; Monday-Friday, 5pm-9pm)
Lower Atrium of hotel
·         Meet Shrek, Puss in Boos, Po, Alex the Lion and all of the DreamWorks characters!
·         Character Passport includes Puss in Boots and the Quest for the Magic Beans Scavenger Hunt. Follow the clues to solve the puzzle and earn a prize. When complete, visit the DreamWorks Desk in the lobby for a special prize!

6:30-6:45 p.m. - Tree Lighting, Indoor Snowfall & Fountain Show
(Nightly) Lower Atrium of hotel
Watch as our beloved DreamWorks Characters join together to bring light and life to Gaylord National's Tree of Light. Our beautiful atrium extravaganza features Christmas music and a light show synchronized to music while dancing fountains shoot 60-feet high. There’s even an amazing indoor snowfall! **The best viewing spot is right in front of the fountain***

Click here for more information about fun-filled events, such as the ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal, DreamWorks Themed Scavenger Hunt, DreamWorks Welcome Amenity with Package Check-In and more!

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