The Queen Mary Unveils CHILL - The Coolest Place in SoCal - November 21
The Ice Kingdom Introduces a California Christmas Theme with All-New Ice Slides
Enjoy Unlimited Access to The Ice Kingdom, Tubing, Skating and a Visit on the Queen Mary
LONG BEACH, Calif., (November 14, 2014) –Hot off the heels of a record breaking year for Dark Harbor, The Queen Mary’s full holiday event season continues as the coolest winter wonderland in Southern California, CHILL, prepares to open on November 21. New in 2014, all CHILL guests can enjoy unlimited access to The Ice Kingdom, ice tubing, ice skating with skate rentals and a visit on the Queen Mary ship with the purchase of general admission tickets.
This season The Ice Kingdom at CHILL will showcase holidays in the Golden State with the magic of a California Christmas theme meticulously hand sculpted by a team of international artists, and made entirely out of 2 million pounds of ice. The California Christmas theme begins with a traditional poinsettia entrance lined with toy soldiers standing over seven-feet tall. Next comes the candy cane forest with ten-foot candy canes that unveil a surfing Santa shredding through twenty-foot tall waves. Guests can gaze at the giant ice Christmas tree with tons of gifts for boys and girls and Jolly Old St. Nicholas on the rooftops with his team of reindeer. Venture onto the ice replica of the Queen Mary ship with four new lanes of ice slides for all to enjoy. A nativity scene, forest of penguins and the fairytale kingdom with the almighty ice queen round out the California Christmas theme in The Ice Kingdom.
The Ice Kingdom is kept at a chilling 9-degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the glistening ice sculptures. Public parkas are available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own jackets, hats and gloves to stay warm while inside the giant igloolike exhibit.
The Glacier Glide at CHILL offers guests unlimited ice tubing down six-lanes made entirely out of ice that stand more than two stories tall and 100-feet long. Guests can enjoy a perfect Southern California evening on a yuletide glide on the CHILL Ice Rink presented by the Port of Long Beach. The world-class 6,500 square foot outdoor ice skating rink gives skaters an awe inspiring view of the majestic Queen Mary, complete with twinkling lights installed just for the holidays, on her world famous stacks. This year ice skate rentals are included with each ticket or guests are welcome to bring their own skates.
CHILL also invites visitors to explore the festive holiday village complete with a gingerbread house, holiday carolers, the decoration adorned Candy Lane and a visit with Santa Claus. CHILL features live festive entertainment, food and beverages nightly.
A holiday experience like no other, CHILL tickets start at $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, ice skating and skate rental, ice tubing and access to the Queen Mary ship. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open Nov. 21-30, Dec. 2-7, Dec. 9-Jan. 4 and Jan. 8-11. CHILL sponsors include The Port of Long Beach, Hawaiian Host, YP, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Finlandia. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/chill/.
New Year’s Eve 2015 Aboard The Queen Mary - Auld Lang ‘Shine’:
A Global Party Featuring The Gypsy AllStars With Gypsy Kings Alumni
Long Beach, CA (November 12, 2014) – The Queen Mary bids farewell to 2014 with a legendary New Year’s Eve party certain to make her birthplace proud - Auld Lang ‘Shine’. Inspired by the liner’s Scottish heritage well known for its zealous celebration of a new year, Auld Lang ‘Shine’ is a nod to the ship’s storied past. The 21+ all-night bash highlights seven destinations from the Queen Mary’s Mediterranean Cruise of 1966 through music, culture, food and entertainment. A global party made unforgettable by renowned headliners The Gypsy AllStars featuring Gypsy Kings Alumni, DJ Dennis Owens, DJ Lu and more. New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary will be a brilliant welcome to 2015.
Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt and the USA will transform three and a half acres of the ship’s deck and salon space into an international celebration of festivities. Revelers can party from country to country, reminiscent of the Scottish tradition to celebrate from house to house. Destinations include:
· Cannes, France: A plum-hued Royal Casino and French Cabaret vibrates with French Can-Can, Champagne Shows, Moulin Rogue Cabaret by Bling Divas Entertainment.
· Cartagena, Spain: The Queen’s Salon turned exotic Spanish Flamenco Lounge with tapas and flowing sangria served from the Matador Bar to the sounds of The Gypsy AllStars and a famed Flamenco Dou.
· Mykonos, Greece: Its dynamic club scene now lights up the Sports Deck with an LED dance floor adjacent to the Arena Bar surrounded by Greco ruins and busts of Grecian gods. The island nightlife is complete with a surprise Guest DJ spinning Electronic Dance Music (EDM).
· Alexandria, Egypt: Guests can channel their inner Cleopatra amidst golden pyramids, belly dancers and snake charmers in the ship’s Britannia Salon where DJ Lu spins Top 40's Hip Hop across from the Pharaoh Bar.
· Tangier, Morocco: Vibrant energy is brought to life in a colorful Moroccan pavilion that hosts The Dancing Fire Belly Harem, henna art, and the Elephant Bar.
· Portofino, Italy: Romantics can indulge in the country’s love of food and song with singing gondoliers at the Grand Salon’s Italian buffet and Gondola Bar.
· New York, USA: Partygoers can bring it back home sipping on a Manhattan at the Broadway Bar featuring Grand Dueling Pianos in Verandah Grill. The Central Park-themed Sundeck is a magical place for another New Year’s tradition – a Rockette-style countdown that culminates in a spectacular midnight fireworks show.
“There’s no better way to celebrate than aboard a ship that's hosted New Year's Eve guests for 80 Years. An annual tradition for many, we strive to create an unforgettable night each year. Auld Lang ‘Shine’ will be one of the best yet, a glittering celebration into a new year.” says Steve Sheldon, Director of Entertainment Events for The Queen Mary.
Enjoy New Year’s Eve with general admission or VIP tickets. General admission “Cabin Class Boarding Pass” includes a complimentary party favor and grants access to 5 of the 7 stops (Italy, New York, France, Greece, Spain) offering 7 themed bars, international fare and entertainment from each nation with a view of the midnight fireworks show ($99). VIP “1st Class Boarding Pass” includes 3 complimentary cocktails and a party favor plus grants access to all seven stops including (Egypt & Morocco) offering 4 additional bars, northern African fare options, belly dancers, Hookah Lounge and DJ Lu with premiere fireworks viewing ($199).
Each destination offers distinct walk-up concessions and reservations can be made for sit-down dining, from casual to five-star meals at Promenade Café, Chelsea’s Chowder House or Sir Winston’s, respectively. Themed cabanas with food and bottle service are available in each “country”. Upgrade options include hotel packages, New Year’s Day Brunch and New Year’s Eve Grand Italian Feast.
All guests must be at least 21 years old. New Year's Eve runs 8PM – 2AM. Self-Parking is $20 and On-Demand walk-up car service will also be available for competitive flat rates. For tickets and more information visit: http://www.queenmary.com/events/new-years-eve/
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms and suites. The Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibition will be showcased in a specially-designed 9,000 square foot gallery on the ship’s Sun Deck.
"L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" ELECTRIFIES GUESTS AS IT TRANSFORMS LOS ANGELES ZOO'S ENCHANTING ENVIRONMENT INTO DAZZLING NIGHTTIME WINTER WONDERLAND OF AWE-INSPIRING ANIMAL ESCAPADES RENDERED IN LED LIGHTS, LASERS, 3D PROJECTIONS, SPECTACULAR SETS AND INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS
Magical New Experience, Which Returns Lights to Griffith Park for First Time Since 2009, Destined To Become a Wondrous, "Don’t-Miss" Holiday Tradition
Friday, November 28, 2014, through Sunday, January 4, 2015 (except December 24 and 25)
6 to 10 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
This holiday season for the very first time, the Los Angeles Zoo changes stripes from a daytime adventure to a dazzling winter wonderland known as "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS", which electrifies guests as it transforms the Zoo's enchanting environment into a series of awe-inspiring animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. Open nightly from Friday, November 28, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6 to 10 pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), this magical new experience is destined to become a wondrous, "don’t-miss" holiday tradition. "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS," bringing lights back to Griffith Park for the first time since 2009, is produced and presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and made possible with support from Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, 4th District.
"Griffith Park is accessible to so many residents of Los Angeles and occupies a special place in the hearts of many,” says LaBonge, one of the driving forces behind "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" who wanted to provide Angelenos with a holiday activity to replace the beloved DWP Holiday Light Festival. ""L.A. Zoo Lights" is a new and different experience that people are going to love and cherish as they get out of their cars and walk through an amazing holiday wonderment with remarkable LED lights.”
An ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night, "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS"' self-guided 60- to 90-minute tour through select areas of the Zoo (while the animals themselves are asleep) introduces guests to a clever troop of animated LED "monkeys" commandeering an electrical power source hidden in an unusual holiday tree. They swing through the entry plaza to guide an illuminated power line toward a giant electrical "outlet," attempting to plug it in. Will they succeed? YES! The Zoo lights up, and guests follow the "monkeys" as they encounter an illuminated "Reggie the alligator," an origami "rhino," singing “elephants,” and a party of musical pink "flamingos" fronted by their DJ leader, to name a few. Along the way, "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" offers the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see real reindeer, lit by elegant "chandeliers," ("L.A. ZOO LIGHTS"' sole live animals), plus weekend-only visits with Santa Claus, perched atop a throne seemingly carved from ice, and an unexpected Hollywood ending featuring a red carpet bustling with paparazzi "animals." Other special effects range from 3-D holiday-themed animations projected onto a group of palm trees and a "bird" who flies to a nest filled with golden disco balls, to freeway-driving "animals" on their way to the "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" opening against a backdrop of Los Angeles landmarks and a group of giant "bullfrogs" made from 3,750 water bottles lit from within, plus much more. Among the evening's sights are giant floating snowflakes, glittering light tunnels, animal cutouts and icicle lights. Although the Department of Water and Power's wildly popular Holiday Light Festival is a bygone Griffith Park holiday tradition, and while "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" is a completely different, well, animal, it pays homage to the Festival with a nostalgic nod to the past by featuring some classic pieces, including the Hollywood sign, the downtown LA skyline and City Hall. Steaming hot chocolate and other holiday treats and goodies for sale are also part of the fun.
"L.A. ZOO LIGHTS"' techno wizardry is designed by art director Gregg Lacy and Bionic League, a live event lighting design company known for magnificent light shows for festivals, stadiums, arenas, clubs, and artists like Daft Punk, Kanye West and many others.
Daytime visitors to the Zoo can see the reindeer during regular hours, which are 10 am to 5 pm, along with a flurry of seasonal festivities and yuletide flourishes, plus weekend visits by Santa Claus.
Cornerstone Partners for "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" are Edison International, 99 Cents Only Stores, Service Systems America and WeMo.
Donors include The Georgina Fredrick Children’s Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Paramount Pictures, the Rothbart Family, the Samuels Family, the Shultz Family and the Employees of the Shultz Steel Company, Mrs. Betty L. Sinkys, Simms Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.
Admission to "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" is $13 for adults/seniors and $11 for children ages 2 to 12; tickets for GLAZA members are $12 for adults/seniors and $10 for children ages 2 to 12; children under age two 2 are free. Purchase tickets online to attend during the first two weeks (Nov 28 – Dec 11) for the online-only Early Bird Rate of $8 each.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit www.lazoo.org