ABOUT THE ICE KINGDOM
We know the final results are dazzling, but the process of creating The Ice Kingdom is equally impressive. Utilizing over two million pounds of ice, professional ice sculptors from all over the world work for nearly a month in 12-hour shifts inside a 9-degree freezer.
Since Southern California isn’t known for having an abundance of ice, the ice needs to be shipped in. The massive blocks of ice are delivered on pallets inside refrigerated tractor-trailers. It takes about three weeks and 36 truckloads to deliver all the ice needed to create The Ice Kingdom. But where does all that ice come from? It’s created in an ice factory!
THREE TYPES OF ICE
In fact, the ice factory creates three different types of ice: crystal ice, white ice and colored ice.
Crystal ice is the most difficult to make and requires highly filtered deionized water. It takes three days to freeze 45 gallons of water used to create each 400-pound ice block. Due to its slow freezing process, crystal ice is flawless and is often compared to Waterford Crystal…hence the name.
White ice resembles compacted snow and has a cloudy appearance, much like the ice you might make at home. It is the least used type of ice in The Ice Kingdom, however, it’s invaluable when making a snowman.
Colored ice is dyed and is used to bring the giant ice sculptures to life. Simple food coloring is added to the water during the freezing process and is constantly stirred, ensuring a consistent color. Although these massive blocks of ice resemble giant popsicles, we wouldn’t recommend trying to lick them since they are flavorless.
So once all the components are in place, how are these artistic creations pieced together? Using more ice, of course! At 9 degrees water freezes quickly, creating an ideal ice-bonding agent – solidifying one ice piece to another. The ice sculptors use this icy glue to keep The Ice Kingdom creations in place.