The CHILL experience, located at the Queen Mary, is a fun winter outing in Southern California. The experience includes The Ice Kingdom, Ice Slides, Ice Tubing, Outdoor Ice Skating and a Holiday Village. General admission is $29.95 and includes same day admission to the Queen Mary. Parking is an additional $20. The Chill is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Jan. 5, 2014. The ticket booth is located near the Queen Mary, not at the entrance to the CHILL. Avoid the long ticket lines by purchasing tickets online.
The Ice Kingdom is located in an "igloo" inside the Queen Mary dome, previous home to the Spruce Goose. The experience includes two million pounds of ice used to create larger-than-life ice sculptures depicting the story of the Nutcracker, such as the hand-carved 25-foot tall nutcracker, 14-foot Christmas tree, the bow of the Queen Mary, 17-foot arch, walk-through castle, and more. The Kingdom is lit with colored LED lights. There are plenty of photo opportunities. Tickets include a reservation time, but that does not mean that guests will enter at that time. It means they can start waiting in line at that time.
Be sure to be prepared for the below 9-degree temperatures by bringing a hat, scarf, and gloves. Warm, long parkas are provided (which is great for the ice slides), but they are not laundered between uses. One of the most popular attractions are the three ice slides, but be prepared to wait in line in the below freezing temperatures.
Part of the CHILL experience includes the Ice Tubing. Located in the dome (but not in the freezing igloo), visitors can grab a large inner tube and slide down the 100-foot, two-story ice hill. Due to its popularity, lines can be long.
The 6,500-foot outdoor ice skating rink is a wonderful winter activity. Made from real ice with views of the Queen Mary, this is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Sessions last one hour. Want to skate more than once? Consider a season pass for $29.95 with skate rentals for $2.95.
The Village is reminiscent of a County fair with a Christmas twist. The village offers gingerbread house decorating, the world's largest rocking horse, photos with Santa, world's largest snowman bounce house, a life-sized snow globe, a bucking reindeer ride, and more. There are several food vendors with items such as deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, carmel apples, corn dogs, sliders, pretzels, and more.