Thursday, January 9, 2014

Visiting the Ice Kingdom, Chill, at the Queen Mary

I was determined this year to visit Chill at the Queen Mary during winter break from school.  Last year we went to see the Princess Diana exhibit there and I saw all these people headed for the dome in winter gear and vowed to go when I could.

The giant dome that once housed the legendary Spruce Goose was transformed into an igloo - The Ice Kingdom.  You get to follow Clara from The Nutcracker story through her adventures on a cold Christmas Eve Night as she and the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King and his army.

We had to bundle up because it is only 9 degrees in the igloo!  They provide parkas for everyone, because we just don't have warm clothes in Southern California.  In fact it was about 80 degrees outside that day.  So we were freezing in that igloo!!  I know, we are wimps when it comes to weather.

The sugar plum fairy.

Going through the ice tunnel.

The Mouse King guarding the ice slide.

Sandra, sliding down the ice slide.

A miniature version of the Queen Mary in the igloo.

When our noses and fingers felt frozen we went over to visit the Queen Mary and thaw out in the sun.

It's amazing to see and walk around on a floating part of history.

One of the ballrooms was all set up for a wedding.  There's even a wedding chapel on board.
Can't you just picture when from the 1940's in their ball gowns here?

Well, I feel better now that I got that out of my system.  On to our next adventure!


  1. How fun! I love anything related to Christmas :)

  2. This looks like it was such a fun treat even though it was cold in the igloo.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  3. How fabulously fun!!! I've been around scores of snow and ice in my life, but never any that had been turned into something as enchantingly magical as this.

    ♥ Jessica