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2015 Orlando Polar Bear Plunge happening this Friday

by Banks Lee

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It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in Central Florida. But don’t go packing away your swimsuit just yet.

Guests age 21 and older can visit the Gaylord Palms Resort on Dec. 18 and zoom down the Alpine Rush Snow Tubing hills, jaunt through the 9-degree Ice attraction and slide down the two-story ice slides wearing only a bikini or board shorts during the Orlando Polar Bear Plunge.

The adrenaline rush begins at 8 p.m. when guests are welcomed with a VIP reception, two hours of unlimited access to cosmic snow tubing, the Ice plunge and a post-event hot chocolate warm up station.

Polar Bear Plunge tickets are $50 plus tax and processing fees and include access to Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and Ice featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, appetizers and two drink tickets to be redeemed during the event. A portion of all ticket proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.

To get the full Orlando Polar Bear Plunge experience, inductees are encouraged to experience the Ice and Snow Tubing attractions in their swimsuits for the full chill, but summer clothing such as shorts and a T-shirt can also be worn. Swimsuits must be in good taste, and shoes are required.

Along with wearing swimsuits, guests are strongly encouraged to wear hats, gloves, warm socks and other cold-weather accessories. Don’t forget to bring your ugliest Christmas sweater to keep you warm while you wait.

Guests are encouraged to capture their experiences and share their photos on Twitter and Instagram using #CAGP15. Photos may even be featured on one of the resort’s Central Florida billboards.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a part of Christmas at Gaylord Palms which is open daily through Jan. 3, 2016, including holidays. To purchase tickets and for a schedule of entertainment, visit ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com.

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