The Incredible Ice Hotel That Inspired Elsa’s “Frozen” Palace

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Do
you want to build a snowman? (More importantly, have you learned all the words to the song yet?)

Like everyone else in the world, I’m totally obsessed with Disney’s smash hit animated musical Frozen

So to celebrate the big release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, I took an amazing trip to Quebec City, Canada along with the film’s directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. 

We toured the Hôtel de Glace, a hotel made entirely from ice (ICE!) that was actually used by the filmmakers as the foundation for Elsa’s very chilly, very beautiful ice palace. 

“I came here about five years ago to do research, to figure out what a structure of ice and snow would look like,” said Buck. “So for me, it’s kind of coming full circle.”


It’s not hard to understand why the team came here for inspiration – the Hôtel de Glace already feels like something out of a fairy tale. 

Each winter, it’s sculpted entirely from snow and ice. And by entirely, we mean everything: the walls, chairs, tables and even the beds are made from ice, which made for a rather cold night’s sleep. (That’s right! I got to have a sleepover in Elsa’s bedroom!)  

This year’s design was “Myths
and Legends from Around the World” and featured a Frozen-themed activity cave for little ones as well as a very special Frozen suite. 

Check out some highlights below and click here to view the full photo album on Google+