I don't know if it is because my kids are getting older and they can appreciate the beauty of the Ice Kingdom and all its glory but this year was more fun than ever!
We started out the night by ice skating by the moonlight for over an hour and a half! We watched the beautiful skaters jump and spin with ease and then did our own clumsy imitations with smiles stretched across our faces.
As our sore legs were soon to give out, we sat down in the cabana's that lined the courtyard. Here we were able to order food and drinks from the nearby restaurants. Enjoy a hot toddy or just a hot chocolate, my kids loved seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus sharing the experience.
We warmed up, preparing to enter the Ice Kingdom. At 4 degrees, we needed all the warmth we could get. We received our complimentary jackets and were greeted with a spectacular literary masterpiece, Charles Dicken's, A Christmas Carol.
A new addition to the sculptures inside was the Ice Bar. Across the bow of the ice sculpture of the Queen Mary, adults can indulge in Flavored Vodka Shots. I had a Caramel Apple Vodka shot with a Redbull and I went back for more! Perfect way to warm up from the cold.
My kids were chomping at the bit to ride the ice-tubes and I couldn't hold them off any longer. Luckily, we had arrived early in the night and their wasn't a long line. The kids were able to slide 5 times before we moved on.
There were dancing shows going on as we made our way to the new Paint Ball area. Since my dad lives in Maui, the kids were tickled to hear Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) and see the Hula dancing girls.
At Polar Paintball, we enjoyed shooting the Yeti and targets while saving Santa's presents. I was a little surprised that they allowed kids to shoot the guns but they were completely safe, secured to the platform while they shot.
It was getting late but we had time to enjoy one more activity. Who says that Rocking Horses are for kids and the elderly? Check out this one! Driven by the employees, the kids enjoyed rocking next to Michael Jackson's famous swings.
We briefly strolled down Candy Cane Lane where families could make Gingerbread Houses and visit with Santa. The decor was good enough to eat! "Snow" fell periodically making it magical for all.
Other activities to enjoy that we will have to return to see were:
- Shop at the Holiday Market Place
- Writing a letter to Santa
- Face Painting
- Reindeer Games
- Promenade of Trees on the Queen Mary
- LEGO Queen Mary
- Watch the Polar Express in 4D
DISCLAIMER: We attended a media night. All thoughts, ideas and photos are my own. Do not use any photos without permission.