This year’s Valentine’s Day brought my husband and I to Orlando, Florida. As I was checking prices on the website to gather a plan for the rest of the year, I noticed a Valentine’s package the Ice Bar was offering. Normally expensive, they had an all-inclusive package offering two glasses of champagne, admission, chocolate-covered strawberries, a fur coat for the lady, and a photo-op.
When we walked in, I was turned around and found myself standing in a floor length fur coat. We headed to the Fire Lounge to redeem our drinks and receive our chocolate-covered strawberries. We were seated at a romantic candle-lit table for two covered in scattered rose petals. The strawberries were delectable and the champagne was particular bubbly. We even snagged a few raspberries and blackberries. Since we were famished, we worked through those berries with a swiftness and after a toast, the bubbly dissipated into the stomach lining of our bodies as well. I received my coat back and we were both handed a pair of gloves to enter the Ice Bar chamber.
The Ice Bar is basically a big freezer. There are ice benches covered in fur throws to sit down on, a small “VIP” corner where Olaf and a few penguins were just chillin’, and ice sculptures of polar bears and frames for photo ops.
The entire bar and tables were made of ice also which brings me to a funny instance.
Most of my exploration comes from my mother’s undying love to try new experiences. I always watched every move she made and all the places she went. We used to take family trips to Orlando and stayed in hotels. Sometimes they would leave us (teenagers at the time) while they jet off to cool, new dates to places along International Drive. One in particular was the Ice Bar and I remember the day they came back to the hotel and told us they went without us. My mom didn’t leave out the fact that she set her cup (also made of ice) down, had it slide off the bar and broke. She was offered a new drink but still. I kept that in the back of my mind to be careful of when we went.
Ever since I vowed to go at least once. At the time I couldn’t really drink and wasn’t allowed in at a certain time, but that didn’t matter. I then vowed to go for my 21st birthday but ended up getting too drunk at CityWalk. When we set the cup down, it ended up sliding fast toward the edge and I knew it was going to fall; there was no saving it at that rate. It fell off the side and as a group of people were passing by, a man inconspicuously set it back on the table and smiled at us. It was comical; however the glass was empty at the time so no harm, no foul.
So, here we are. A great Valentine opportunity to spend on a date with my husband freezing. The funny thing is that finally after we arrived and made it through the awful traffic and stress of getting there, I was shaking from being so cold outside. When we got inside to even colder temperatures of 22 degrees F, it felt warm outside.
Anyway, after we took a few pictures, we decided to order a drink just to have the ice cup. I went with the cheapest drink they had because I was not paying fifteen dollars a cup for the normal drinks. We went with the arctic blue drink or something like that. It was still about eleven dollars but it was good and still a part of the experience. We were rebels and decided it would be funny to eat part of the cup and totally did. Another thing we did was lick the ice polar bear… so… we’re just a little unique, but totally made for each other! HAHAH.
We sat in the VIP cubby area for a bit while we finished our drink, got our picture taken, and then left. It was a pretty cool experience literally and as I consider myself to be a little bit of an “ice princess”, I felt like I was at home, just as I would near an ocean. However, it seems a little expensive for something I expected to be a bit bigger. On an adventurous night, I would probably go back.
A nice little bonus was that as we were leaving, we got into conversation with the guy outside handing out discounts. He thought our wristbands were cool because he never saw one before and then asked about our GoPro since I had it out taking pictures (considering it was our first adventure since getting it), and I was so impressed with the photos. He then proceed with, “You know what? You guys are cool.” So he reaches in his pocket and pulls out two free drink cards, which was pretty cool, but we didn’t have a chance to go back and redeem them. Traffic was horrid, we had to circle repeatedly to find parking, and our car started acting up. It was still a nice experience in all.