Queen Mary in Long Beach celebrated Thanksgiving eve Wednesday, November 23 with the opening night of ‘Chill’ with a 5 pm media preview of celebrities walking the blue carpet, opening to the general public at 7 with a line wrapping around the village corner as guests waited in anticipation to experience something brand new at this year’s fifth annual holiday event — “Alice in Winterland”.
In addition to the complimentary photos, ice skating, Glacier Glide ice tubing, sleigh rides, vintage animal carousel, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause, the Queen Mary entertainment team has put together a cool interactive maze of colorful holiday displays of larger than life lanterns for the entire family to experience as they venture through the Hall of Doors, White Rabbit’s Kitchen, Mad Hatter’s workshop, giant Tea Party, Hedge maze, and Caterpillar’s garden with the chance to get up close and mingle with the Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds and Alice herself.
Michael Jackson’s giant Neverland swing has returned to this year’s holiday festivities along with paintball games, live stage entertainment and a stroll down Candyland lane with thousands of glittering lights. Santa’s Stocking Shop provides family fun decorating Christmas stockings, as well as Polar Express 4D and The Magic Mushroom — but missing this year is the ice sculpture exhibit.
News Record spoke to Steve Sheldon, Director of entertainment events at the Queen Mary and the decision not to bring the ice sculptures back this year.
“I have been overseeing ‘Chill’ and all of our entertainment events for five years. I was working for the City of Long Beach downtown Business Improvement events doing promotions and marketing and started working for Queen Mary’s events team five years ago”, says Sheldon.
“We’ve done the ice sculptures for four years in a row, and they’re wonderful and beautiful, but we wanted to introduce something new and exciting for our guests. Working with David Wally, Chief Creative Office with MYCOTOO, the company that created the vision and design for ‘Alice in Winterland’.”
‘Alice in Winterland’ is truly a larger than life interactive, kid friendly and wheelchair accessible experience. Like walking through a colorful garden of lights without having to wear heavy duty winter jackets. It’s a wonderful experience for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season.
Chill is now open through January 8, 2017. For more information and ticket prices, visit the Queen Mary website: