Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We Chilled at CHILL With the Queen Mary | @TheQueenMary #QMChill #LONGBEACH



With the coming of winter, most places are getting ready for snow and ice.

In Southern California, we don't see much of that unless we head to the local mountains.  I love seeing the leaves change color, yes, even in California we get a few trees changing.  From the beaches to the deserts, we still enjoy all of our winter activities.

One of our favorite traditions have been to head to the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary for their 2nd annual CHILL celebration.  This year was better than ever!  The adorable Santa's Village and Candy Town gives you that whimsical feeling that brings you to the North Pole.



  

There are so many adorable photo opportunities with the larger than life Candy Canes, Gingerbread families and snowmen.  As you walk into the Village, a Christmas train greets you.  Santa and Mrs. Claus have a cozy house where you can hear stories and take pictures with them and their helpful elves.

One of the first things that you will notice as you enter the main courtyard is the larger than life rocking horse!  It is completely manned by a strong fellow that rocks you gently after he assists your family up the ladder.


Many of the attractions are free and require nothing but your entrance ticket.  However, there are a few extras that will cost more such as the ice-tubing, reindeer, ice-skating and food.  There is a bar with beer to enjoy and warm up after the cold.

  

One of my favorite items of the area was the bucking reindeer.  Imagine a mechanical bull and add antlers.  The operators goal is to give you a fun ride and not knock you off so you have no worries about being impaled on the antlers.  If you are still unsure, you can take pictures while sitting on or near it.

On the way to the ice rink, you will notice a large snow globe that is filled with laughter as children play in the "snow".  The line was long but was definitely a favorite with the children.

The ice rink is a must do if you enjoy skating!  The outdoor rink and tiny Zamboni was fun for all.  The beginner skaters had adorable seals guide them around the rink.  The Queen Mary in the background made for a romantic backdrop.


I recommend taking all the outdoor pictures first before entering the Ice Kingdom.  The temperature difference is so great when your emerge, that your lenses fog up for 45 minutes after.

Now onto the main attractions!  The dome that once held the Spruce Goose is home to the ice tubing and Ice Kingdom.  The ice tubing is for children 46 inches and taller and lots of fun!  My 4 year old was disappointed that she was just short of the requirement.


When you prepare to enter the Ice Kingdom, I recommend bringing gloves, scarves and a jacket.  The 4 degree air is only comfortable for about 10 minutes without it.  Little worries if you forget your jacket.  There are parkas that are provided for everyone.   Do Not Enter without it!

The Ice Kingdom will literally take your breath away!   It is that cold!  However, the amazing works of art within are well worth it!  This years theme, The Nutcracker, was loved by all!


  

It is hard to imagine the work that went into the details in the freezing temperatures of the Ice Kingdom!  Don't forget to try the free ice slides as you climb up the replica of the Queen Mary!


I hope that you can experience this wonderful Southern California attraction before it leaves in January!  Be sure to bring a coat and gloves!

DISCLAIMER:  I received tickets for the purpose of this review for a special media night.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! That is cool! I saw a billboard for this, but didn't know what it was all about. My son would love that!

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  2. This is our second year going and this year was better than last! We are going again in a couple weeks!

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