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CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
2015 Dates: November 20th - Jan 10th
“CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach is a unique experience for the senses. It is a one of a kind attraction that thousands of families, including the LAwithKids.com family, looks forward to each year.”
Hours and Cost
The hours vary, but during the week it generally open from 5pm to 10pm on weekdays and on the weekends from 10am to 10pm. The hours and prices vary as the calendar is closer to Christmas and New Years. Generally the prices go up towards Christmas and New Years except for the fact that there may be even more online discounts available as the hours increase. There is a parking lot for CHILL and the cost is $20.
*An Lawithkids.com cost saving strategy (although it take a little more time) is to park at a lot near the nearby Long Beach aquarium (the cost for these lots varies between (closer to $10 depending on your length of stay and may require a validation). Then you can hop on the free shuttle to the Queen Mary which runs every 15 minutes.
The cost for CHILL varies greatly. We have been to CHILL twice and most of the people we talked to at both occasion at CHILL had purchased tickets at a discount through daily deal sites or online at the CHILL site before arriving at the Queen Mary for the event. A ticket to CHILL includes different attractions depending on who you purchase it from. Their our more expensive packages that include more attractions and there are cheaper admissions that simply let you see the ice sculptures.
The Ice Sculptures
When most people think of of the CHILL attraction, they think of the giant Ice Sculptures house in the large dome adjacent to the Queen Mary that once was home to the Spruce Goose. The theme for the Ice Sculptures in 2015 is A Christmas Carol. The temperature is kept at 9 degrees so we suggest dressing warmly (boots, sweater, scarf, hat and very important here: gloves or mittens). CHILL provides knee-length parkas for everyone in a size that you can choose and the parkas are necessary both for warmth and to aid in sliding down the ice slides. There is timed entry meaning that you enter the line at the time on your ticket. When we have been there, there has been no limit on the amount of time you have once you enter.
The sculptures have been large each time we have visited Chill since 2013. The sculpture are enormous and creative with colors are so bright and vivid that you will be wondering the whole time just how they are made. The sculptures in 2015 tell the story of A Christmas Carol and the biggest sculpture at the end is a replica of the Queen Mary made out of ice with three slides to speed down. All of us couldn’t believe how fun it was to slide down on ice: the speed was terrific! We did this many times and there is no limit here.
Artists from China who work for thousand of hours. You really want to believe that the sculptures are made out of wood, plastic, or drywall...not pure ice.
When we came out of the tent, we gave back our parkas and took a look at the professional photos taken at the green screen before we entered. While the photo was cute, it wasn’t worth the money in our opinion since it is green screen. If it was a picture that actually showed the atmosphere of CHILL, we could recommend it.
The Attractions other than the Ice Sculptures (Depending on the Package you purchase, their may or may not be additional charges for each attraction below)
The Ice Tube Rides
One of the attractions within the dome is the Ice Tube rides. This area is not within the same area of the ice sculptures and is not nearly as cold. Therefore your family will want to spend time going on these slide again and again. The line was long, but moved quickly. There are employees stationed at the top, one for each lane and 3-4 people are allowed to go down the hill at once. We all enjoyed tubing and we think that these tube rides are a great addition to the ice slides within the Christmas Carol Area. It was kind of a pain having to lug the tube up the staircase each time and then having to get back in line. But this was a minor annoyance. The kids loved it when the employees spun their tube when they pushed off.
The Rocking Horse
There is a giant rocking horse to rock on and it is a must stop for all families visiting chill. It is 15 feet tall and 24 feet long. There were a lot of families in line so my suggestion here is if you have at least 2 adults with you, one can take the kids on a walking break while and one adult waits in line for the rocking horse. We climbed up the horse and got to ride together (mom and two kids) while dad videotaped and took pictures. We loved it and would have gone again if not for the line.
The Swing Ride
One great feature that has been added over the years at CHILL, is the Swing Ride that used to be at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. It is a gigantic swing ride that that now only rises but also tilts during the ride session. The ride offers a great view of the entire CHILL event when you are up high.
A Maze Like Attraction and Paintball
There is a large maze this year as well as paintball. It is paintball at targets and the maze which did not require an up charge.
They have skates for rent and lockers to use. Our entire family enjoyed skating.
If your family has never ice skated or if you have not ice skated in a while, this is a great place to give it a try since it is not the only attraction. Therefore, if it does not go that well well, you could still have a lot of fun doing all the other chill Attractions. That being said, two out of four of our party spent a while ice skating and took some great pictures of their adventures skating on ice.
Food and Drinks and Gifts
There are several places to buy snacks, food, and drinks. There is also a very pretty gift shop in the tent with ornaments, CHILL branded scarves and hats, cupcakes and drinks.
The Adjacent Queen Mary
When you leave CHILL, you may cross the parking lot, showed your ticket stub and gained access to a self-guided tour of the Queen Mary. The ship is also a hotel and there are CHILL packages to combine a hotel stay and the attraction. Our family enjoyed wandering around the immense ship, reading about its history and peeking into various dining rooms and views from the top deck.
In conclusion, we had a fantastic time at CHILL and highly recommend it! The sculptures are memorable, the ice slides are unique and the atmosphere is festive.