Maitland >RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Ice skating in sunny Florida? Believe it or not, it's possible seven days a week..
For ice skating, there doesn't seem to be a better experience than the Ice Den, which was the official training ground of the Orlando Solar Bears. The Orlando Magic also train here in expansive fitness center facilities that also link to sports medicine offices--this place is hardcore! The huge, futuristic compound is just minutes from downtown O-Town.
What's really cool about this mind-blowing layout is that the regulation-size rink is open for public skating every single day of the week. Skate rentals ($2.35) and sharpening are available, along with private locker rooms and a concession stand. All public skating times are an hour and 50 minutes; call (407) 916-2550 for more details on public skating times, hockey leagues and camps, instruction in figure skating, and party-hosting services. Or just go skate in circles for a while and pretend that you're Wayne Gretzky.
Great Birthday Party!. I recently took my 9 year old son and his friends to the Ice Den for his birthday party. My son loves to skate so we thought this would be a fun day for him and his friends. We took 14 kids and had a private locker room which was right next to the ice. The boys loved being able to skate and come back to the room for a snack. To make things easier for me, I got an upgraded Pirate themed package which included everything from table covers, plates, napkins, cups and even the decorations and food. It was VERY easy for me to plan. They even provided a staff person to help feed all the kids, get skates on, and answer any questions we had. The 1hr and 45 min on the ice was long enough to wear the boys out, but they had a blast! I would do this party again in a heartbeat.
Skip the private birthday party room, but the skating is fun.
Birthday skating party: For $270 we booked a birthday room at the ice den for my daughter's eighth. I was able to deposit by phone and order three extra pizzas, which was convenient. There is a 16 person minimum for parties and they supply two pizzas and two different soft drinks. They do NOT supply plates for the pizza or cups for the pitchers of soda that they bring which I found very wierd. I paid extra and they brought me some. Our "Private room" was a tiny, claustrophobic locker room near the ice rink. They provided two bare tables (no tablecloth, birthday decorations or napkins) and the service in bringing us the pizza and soda for the kids was very slow. The impression that I got was that they do hundreds of birthday parties and treat the kids and parents like they are on an assembly line.
After pizza and soda the kids get their rental skates and skate for 1hr and 45 minutes, after which the party ends.
Skating was great, the kids really enjoyed it. If I were to do it again, I would skip the private room, have lunch somewhere else and just take the kids ice skating.
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