Grab a parka and soar through the rainforests of the world on a 36-foot Giant Ruins Ice Slide now underway inside ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday. The ice slide is just one of many holiday sculptures guests can take in this season – all carved from two million pounds of ice.
This ice wonderland features the Giant Ruins Ice Slide, a reptile jungle, an ice tunnel featuring a bat cave, along with white-faced saki and cotton-top tamarin monkeys, pygmy slow lorises and sloths.
A team of 25 master ice carvers from Harbin, China transformed two million pounds of ice into monkeys, butterflies, towering trees and vines, anacondas, birds and so much more, taking guests on a journey through the rainforests of the world in a new ultra-cool way.
Guests can soar through the wonders of the rainforest, zipping down a 36-foot tall Giant Ruins Ice Slide that takes them from the treetops of the Rainforest down to the forest floor. They’re greeted by an 8-foot Harpy Eagle at the top of the slide, and along the way they'll follow the spectacular leaf cutter ants, which act as hosts along the trip, carrying presents and holiday decorations to a magical holiday destination deep inside the rainforest.
Not far from the ice slide is the water’s edge scene, which introduces guests to another aspect of the rainforest, this time with beautiful birds, a Chinese alligator, river otters, colorful fish and even an anaconda or two.
Guests are first introduced to this year’s Rainforest Holiday theme in Scene One, where they will find a large clear ice Rainforest Pyramid, complete with Christmas lights along its spines. The spectacular leaf cutter ants also make their debut in Scene One, and with the help of a giant magnifying glass, grow to be larger-than-life inside ICE LAND, along with beautiful butterflies and other animals.
Guests can take a break inside Shivers Ice Bar, offering frosty adult beverages this holiday season. Sip on some Peppermint Schnapps and other holiday drinks while sitting on a stool carved from ice at a bar completely made of ice. This year’s Shivers Ice Bar takes on a Mayan Ruins theme and offers a cool way to relax.
And, this is all created by members of the CAA Ruijing Ice Carving Team using chainsaws, ice picks and 300-pound blocks of clear and colored ice.
The inspiration for ICE LAND came from the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China, where more than 3,000 of the world’s top artisans create a 100-acre walk-through Ice Park featuring thousands of immense ice sculptures. The team is led by chief ice and snow carving artist Mr. Qiu Guanghui, who has received top honors in numerous international tournaments including the Harbin International Ice and Snow Carving and the Chinese National Ice Carving Competition.
According to Guanghui, the Rainforest Holiday design for 2017 is unlike anything the team has done before. “The plan includes creating a magnifying glass that will make these rainforest animals and plants even larger than they are.”
Although ICE LAND is on a smaller scale, the artistry work presents its own unique challenges on Galveston Island, including keeping a 28,000 square-foot insulated tent structure at a chilly 9 degrees in order to keep those two million pounds of ice frozen. ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday offers a rare opportunity for Moody Gardens guests to take in ice sculptures on this scale in the U.S.
ICE LAND, along with Festival of Lights, the ice rink, Arctic Slide, holiday 3D films, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D and more offers a unique holiday experience thru Jan. 7, 2018 as Galveston transitions to Winter Wonder Island. Value Days discounts allow guests to save $5 per person Sunday-Thursday thru Dec. 14, excluding Thanksgiving.
For more information call 1-800-582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org and click over to the Holiday page for more on this holiday season and ticketing information.
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