by admin Happenings, ICE September 20, 2018 AN ICE COLD TREAT Record cold hovers over Kissimmee, Florida this winter and thousands are glad.Back for its third season, The Ice Kingdom creates a frozen winter wonderland at the resort from November 19th to January 2nd,. Artisans from Harbin, China start sculpting ice castles, bridges, polar bears and other figures in October. They work in a huge enclosure chilled to 9 degrees that is nicknamed the Florida Fridge. Four-hundred pound blocks are trucked here from Cairo, Georgia, the closest supply for the crystal clear ice that is used in many of the sculptures.While the temperature often climbs into the 80’s outside, visitors put on loaned parkas and step into a frozen fantasyland. They walk through a forest populated with Polar Bears and Penguins and see a life-sized Nativity and a sparkling Cathedral.About 150,000 people visited the show last year, many local residents came just to enjoy a chilly blast of winter. They posed for photographs in front of snowbound sleighs and lined up to zoom down ice- slides. Ice sliding turned out to be so popular (some sliders were in their 80’s) that three inclines were built for this season. If you visit The Ice Kingdom, be sure to take the loaner coat offered, you’ll need it. Most of all those who try to brave the chill make a shivering request for a parka after a few minutes. These coats do more than keep you warm; their slippery material comes in handy – it helps you slide faster.