I really did not have high hopes for this Macau vacation. This place is a gambling mecca, first and foremost. We have done the heritage tours of this former Portugese colony, so what is left to do? Casinos don’t accept anyone 21 years old and below. And I have three of them with me, my little piggies!
Thanks to hotel-hopping, we were able to discover the Dreamworks Ice World. When we checked-in to the Venetian Hotel, it was hard to miss its numerous promotional posters, standees, and flyers. The latter said this is Asia’s largest annual indoor frozen wonderland, created from thousands of blocks of multi-colored ice, skillfully carved by a team of experts from Harbin, China.
They also had humongous sculptures of the characters like the Madagascar penguins and the Kung Fu Panda displayed around the Grand Canal to entice people to come-on over. And so we did!
The exhibition was at the Cotai Expo Hall F of the same hotel. This hotel is unbelievably huge so it took several minutes of walking to get to Ice World’s main entrance, where the ticketing booth was also located. I got the family package and paid around 78Pattacas or 500 pesos for each of us. It was almost just as much as an Imax movie. Not bad at all!
The brochure said to dress up warmly, but they did provide hooded winter parkas. If not in rubber shoes, they require that boots be rented. Now, that was rather pricey at 30Pattacas or 192pesos. I was forced to rent because I was only wearing flipflops. They provided complimentary socks along with the rental!
My troops and I headed inside into the cold. I was bracing myself for a relatively cool (in the literal sense) experience but did not expect the bitter cold. The first thing that struck my children and I was that it hurt our noses. Our breaths also turned into visible clouds of “smoke”. Olaf and Elsa would have been at home in there!
Surprisingly, the youngest felt at ease with the temperature, and I realized it was because of his fidgety hyper movements. I told the rest of my troops to keep on moving to ward off the cold. The exhibit had 6 frozen zones: How to Train your Dragon, Shrek, Madagascar, the Trolls, the Croods, and Kung Fu Panda.
It was really amazing because the ice sculptures were oh so colorful and GIGANTIC. We all wondered how they brough them all there. The kids pretended to sail a mini-boat and the giant pirate ship in How to Train your Dragon. It was great for imaginative play! Our littlest also mimicked a prisoner inside one of the carriages that looked like an animal prison.
The best part of this exhibit is the Trolls section. The display had massive multiple slides on both sides. I have no idea how they got those structures in there. It was crystal clear too, with special lighting, making it look extra festive and magical for the kids. Mine had fun sliding on ice multiple times. It was like Elsa’s playground in there!
That being said, “the cold never bothered me anyway” was a line we could not live with. We had originally planned to stay for a long time, but it has been awhile since we lived in a temperate country. We could not feel our noses, which began to drip with colds. It was time to get out of there.
Before the final exit, there was some sort of interactive play area, that also sold food and souvenir merchandise. The kids played with computer games, engaged in hands-on games, and made crafts.
It was a fun and different experience. At the end, I was half-expecting snow to trickle in. Now, that would have been fantastic. We may have left Ice World with frozen ears and noses but definitely not frozen hearts. It is always heartwarming to experience fun moments with family. 💕