CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach has become a winter staple in Southern California since it was first introduced in 2012. Kids have a blast, and some 9-year-olds have declared the event the best day of their lives. The event has been reworked for the 2017/2018 season, make sure to visit the website for full details as some of the below information is based on experience in prior years.
The chilly attraction is set up outdoors next to the Queen Mary ship. Tickets include all-day admission to the Queen Mary as well as the winter festival. It's a little pricey if you don't plan to visit the ship itself, but it's a whole lot of fun, especially if you manage to get there when it's less crowded, so you can spend more time playing and less time waiting in line. If you do plan on visiting the ship, it's a great deal. Plan to go early in the day so you have plenty of time to explore before the ship exhibits close, since the CHILL activities continue through the evening.
When: December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018 (Closed December 31); 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California
- Grand Expedition Tickets (Includes Skating, Tubing, Giant Rocking Horse, Live Entertainment, Same-Day Admission to the Queen Mary): $29.99 adults (ages 9+) and $19.99 children (ages 3 to 8)
- Ultimate Expedition Tickets (Includes Grand Expedition activities plus Zip Line, Amsterdam Bumper Boats, Shanghai Speedway, Rudolph 4D Experience, Shuffle Board, Expedition Express, Stocking Decorating): $79 adults (ages 9+) and $69 children (ages 3 to 8) online
- Elf Pass (Express Lane Fast Pass for Main Entrance, Ice Skating Track, Matterhorn Mountain, and Rudolph 4D Experience - upgrade only): $16
- Private Igloos: $69
Activities and Attractions
- Ice Adventure Park: 38,000 square feet of winter fun, the first in the United States, inspired by those in Vienna and Moscow
- Ice Skating: The 6,000 square foot ice rink, overlooking the Queen Mary and the Long Beach harbor entrance to the Pacific Ocean, is set up next to the water with the regal Queen Mary and its festively adorned smoke stacks as a backdrop. If you're a beginning skater, you can rent a skating aid to help stabilize you until you get your bearings. They seem to have different skating aids every year. Skating is interrupted periodically to resurface the ice. There are private cabanas that seat up to ten people next to the skating rink that can be reserved for an fee. There is also a 1200-foot track to enjoy entire park on skates
- Ice Tubing at Matterhorn Mountain: This activity is pretty much like one of the big rubber inner tube rides at a water park, only on ice. There are six tubing lanes. You have to carry the rubber tube up the stairs to the top of the slide. Once you're seated in it, they give you a push and down you slide. There's that nice little thrill of feeling like you're going so fast you'll crash, but you won't, and there's a staff person at the bottom to help you out of the tube if you need it.
- International Cuisine: Eat your way around the world by trying food from six different regions including Germany (Twisted Pretzel and Tasting Tavern, the Brat Haus, Roasted Nuts and Gourmet Pretzel Carts), Switzerland (Zurich Deli, the Fondue Pot, the Chateaur Bar and Alpine Lodge), China (Zen Teahouse, Hot Pot), and Russia (Pierogi Paradise, Stroganoff and Stew).
- Stocking Decoration: Decorate with elves for an additional $9 in 2017/18
- Gingerbread Houses: Make your own inside of a life-size gingerbread house at the Bavarian Bakery for an additional $14-15 in 2017/18
- World's Largest Rocking Horse: Free with admission in 2017/18
- Alpine Zip Line: $15 extra in 2017/18
- Amsterdam Bumper Boats: $5 extra in 2017/18
- Ice Shuffleboard
- DJ Entertainment
- Ice Bar (for adults)
- Photos with Santa
Planning Your Activities
The earlier you get there, the less time you'll spend waiting in line and the more you'll be able to fit in.
If you want to do the smaller activities like stockings and gingerbread houses, save them for last to make sure you fit in the important stuff first. Don't use up your time on those until you've done all the other activities you can't do anywhere else.
If you have the flexibility, go early in the season or after New Year's or on a weekday or weeknight to avoid the worst of the crowds. If you're going on a weekend, go early in the day so you have more hours to fit everything in.