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Minus5º Icebar at Mandalay Bay Ice Construction Completed

New themes this year include a Nordic Viking ship and a life-size wave

By Todd R. Berger

8.16.23 Minus5 Icebar at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino Las Vegas
Previous medieval fire and ice fantasy display at Minus5º Icebar | Courtesy of The Vox Agency

New ice construction inside Minus5º Icebar at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino Las Vegas was completed on September 8. The attraction features new ice displays throughout, including an all-new life-size ocean wave and Nordic Viking ship.

The life-size frozen wave also includes a surfboard visitors can pretend to “ride” for their photo op. Meanwhile, the Viking ship features a dragon’s head protruding from the bow of the boat, seats inside the boat, a mystic god, Nordic symbols, and lightning.

The new displays were created by master ice carvers Dan “Hollywood” Rebholz and Austin Greenleaf. With more than 38 years of experience, Rebholz has won multiple international ice carving championship titles. In addition, he was also part of the Olympic ice carving team in 2002 and 2006. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel and Food Network.

Greenleaf has carved ice sculptures for monumental events, including Minnesota Vikings games and the Super Bowl. He now serves as Minus5º Icebar’s in-house executive ice sculptor, where he assists in designing and executing the rotating ice displays at three Las Vegas locations.

New blocks of ice were used in the construction, and each ice block weighs 250 pounds, requiring four people to lift and hoist it into place. Prior to arriving in Las Vegas, the ice was created by utilizing a special process that removes all air bubbles, resulting in the clearest ice possible.

“As we continue to push the boundaries of icy artistry, these extraordinary additions promise to transport guests to a frozen world of amusement and creativity,” says Noel Bowman, owner of Minus5º Icebar.

Minus5º Icebar allows guests to chill with more than 100 tons of ice while exploring an immersive attraction featuring themed sculptures and Instragrammable moments. Minus5º Icebar offers a distinctively chill, family-friendly vibe for people of all ages, with signature frosty cocktails served in glasses made entirely of ice for guests ages 21 and older.