The Queen Mary’s popular Chill attraction will get a makeover this year. Last year’s Alice in a Winter Wonderland theme will transform into an entirely new attraction dubbed the Ice Adventure Park.
The new Chill opens Dec. 13 and runs through Jan. 7 with a 38,000-square-foot outdoor ice park that will include ice skating, ice sports, ice bars, world travel and a spectacular light show.
Last year, Chill, which attracts about 120,000 people during its run, was focused around the “Alice in Wonderland “story. Before that, it centered on an ice village created inside the Queen Mary’s massive Dome with life-size sculptures and buildings.
This year, it all moves outside the Dome with the goal of exploring holiday traditions from around the world.
“We wanted to create an experience that explores the season of yuletide around the world and you’ll be able to go on an international Christmas expedition at Chill this year…you can skate this entire experience or you can walk and stroll this entire experience,” said Charity Hill, Chill’s executive producer.
It will all takes place on a massive ice rink connected by skate and walking paths.
Here’s five things you can experience at the new Chill this year:
1. World travel
The ice park features holiday traditions from six countries that people will travel through as they make their way from the main skating rink. Think of it as a frozen Epcot.
The countries on the travel list are Holland, Switzerland, Germany, China, Russia, and, of course, the North Pole where Santa Claus will be hanging out.
In each country, people can eat and drink traditional holiday treats and experience traditions from each place — think Swiss chocolates, Russian vodka in a 9-degree Ice Bar.
Among the other attractions are Chinese lion dances and fireworks.
2. Ice sports
Besides skating, the new Chill will offer other ways to slide through the ice, including bumper cars made out of motor-operated inner tubes that people can drive around the rink.
There will also be tricycles that adults and kids can ride as well as ice shuffleboard games and a 100-foot-long tubing slide.
3. Northern Lights
On the way to Chill’s Russia area, people will go through a “snow zone” and pass through falling snow as they enter a dome where a light show that uses projection mapping recreates the famous Aurora Borealis.
“It’s something so many people have never experienced so we want to let them skate through it or walk through it,”…