Wintery opening ceremony sees popular ice sculpture exhibition back at
Cotai Expo for the fifth year
It may have been a chilly minus 8 degrees celsius, but that didn’t cool the enthusiasm of scores of visitors at the opening ceremony of Asia’s largest indoor frozen wonderland, Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars, returning to The Venetian®Macao’s Cotai Expo March 16 – July 9, 2017.
The ceremony saw enthusiastic children performing kung fu under the instructions of Kung Fu Panda himself at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo Hall F, where Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars opens to the public 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily (last admission at 7:30 p.m.).
Now in its fifth triumphant year, Ice World is organised by Sands Resorts Macao with participation from Heilongjiang Provincial Ice Fun World Culture Communication Co. Ltd, and supported by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
The unique event sees thousands of blocks of multi-coloured ice skillfully carved into amazingly detailed sculptures by a team of expert craftsmen from Harbin in northern China. This year’s show includes a host of colourful DreamWorks Animation characters from “Kung Fu Panda”, “Madagascar”, “Shrek”, “How To Train Your Dragon”, “The Croods” and “Trolls”, vibrantly brought to life with dazzling lights and stunning sound effects. In addition to the seven ice sculpture zones, new additions including themed games and savoury snacks, merchandise, merchandise and character meet-and-greets make this year’s Ice World an experience that can’t be missed.
Following a cocktail event, officiating guests Ms. Cecilia Tse, Deputy Director of Macao Government Tourism Office, Mr. Zuo XiangHua, Director of Economic Affairs Department of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Dave Horton, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Las Vegas Sands Corp. & Sands China Ltd., and Mr. Bai Wei, General Manager of Heilongjiang Provincial Ice Fun World Culture Communication Co. Ltd took part in the activation moment by placing a snowball on the ice mountain. This triggered a beautiful downfall of snow in Expo Hall F, launching this year’s Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Starsto dazzling effect.
“We work hard to bring our visitors of all ages a wide variety of exciting and diverse entertainment options at Sands Resorts Macao, and this year’s Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars represents one of the biggest family events in Macao,” said Mr. Horton.
“These are all important elements in Sands Resorts Macao’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which aims to diversify Macao’s tourism offerings and reinforce its position as a world centre of tourism and leisure and one of the premier entertainment destinations in the region.”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Bai Wei thanked the Department of Culture of Heilongjiang Province, the Heilongjiang provincial government and the Macao Government Tourism Office as well as The Venetian Macao for its great support and warm hospitality, and said he hoped everyone would enjoy a “spectacular” Ice World experience.
“In creating [these ice sculptures] we used approximately 6,000 ice blocks, equivalent to 1,250 tons, which required 300 hours of crafting to complete. Thanks to the passion and the enthusiasm of our ice sculpture masters, this exhibition is a world-class ice craft art show.”
Visitors to this thrilling event can also take advantage of a range of accommodation offers as part of the Macao Ice World Package at Sands Resorts Macao properties. Guests can book the Ice World hotel package from now until July 9, 2017, for a stay period between March 16 – July 9, 2017, with rates starting from HKD/ MOP 1,138*.
Around 40 highly skilled craftsmen from Harbin, including eight ice carvers, 28 ice builders, lighting designers and power technicians will work together to create the stunning sculptures on display. An amazing 2.5 million pounds of ice will be used to create the fantastic works of frozen art.
This fun-filled event is only part of the DreamWorks Experience at Sands Resorts Macao. Families can also enjoy a range of ongoing DreamWorks Experience activities including Po’s Kung Fu Feast – Character Breakfast with the DreamWorks All-Stars. DreamWorks fans can also celebrate their special day with DreamWorks Experience Birthday Parties, which, like the character breakfast, begins with a DreamWorks Experience performance on stage, followed by the characters interacting with guests while they dine. Guests can also enjoy the DreamWorks Experience All-Star Parade where everyone will get the chance to see their favourite stars from the films as they entertain children and adults on Level 2 of Shoppes at Cotai Central every day at 4 p.m.
Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is the perfect playground for families and friends to experience a delightful holiday. More information is available at en.sandsresortsmacao.com/dreamworks-experience.html.
Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars
Date: March 16 – July 9, 2017
Venue: Cotai Expo Hall F, The Venetian Macao
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.)
Price: MOP/HKD 120 Adults and Children (ages 3-12)
MOP/HKD 312 Family Package (three family members and one child aged 3 or above)
Note: As the exhibition is kept at special low temperatures, visitors are strongly recommended to wear closed-toe shoes, hats, gloves and long pants. Hooded coats will be provided free of charge in a variety of sizes for children and adults. Hats, gloves and socks may be purchased on site. Shoe rentals are available, in limited quantities and sizes.
Online ticketing: www.cotaiticketing.com
Officiating guests launch Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars at the opening ceremony at The Venetian Macao on March 16, 2017. The ice sculpture exhibition is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily from March 16 – July 9, 2017 at Cotai Expo Hall F.
Left to right: Mr. Dave Horton, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Las Vegas Sands Corp. & Sands China Ltd.; Ms. Cecilia Tse, Deputy Director of Macao Government Tourism Office; Mr. Bai Wei, General Manager of Heilongjiang Provincial Ice Fun World Culture Communication Co. Ltd.; and Mr. Zuo XiangHua, Director of Economic Affairs Department of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region.
Po the Kung Fu Panda and Master Tigress put DreamWorks Animation fans through their paces during the Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Starsopening ceremony at The Venetian Macao on March 16, 2017.
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