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Utah: Midway Ice Castles during the daytime

Utah: Midway Ice Castles during the daytime

Midway Ice Castles

If you remember, I actually came out to the Midway Ice Castles last February at night. It was magical and fun, and also really cold. So when my dad, step-mom and her family came out to visit, it was definitely a top recommendation. I honestly didn't really consider going to visit the Ice Castles during the day, but because of time constraints and not many openings at night (you have to reserve your time online when you're buying your ticket), we opted to go in the late afternoon. And let me just assure you — they are completely different, but equally magical, experiences.

(I went back in January so the Ice Castles are not open anymore, but save these thoughts for next year when they reopen ;) )

The biggest night and day difference was there was less of a crowd which meant going on the slides was easy, and had a minimal if at all any wait time. We even got to race each other several times!

Another difference is the atmosphere. At night, there's projected colored lights onto the ice and it feels more enclosed because it's so dark outside. During the day, it feels a lot more open and the blue of the ice really stands out. 

It's also way easier to take pictures. See all the memories below.

Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles
 My dad and stepmom Marian - candid

My dad and stepmom Marian - candid

Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles
 Dad and me!

Dad and me!

Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles
 The kid coming out of the slide makes me laugh every time.

The kid coming out of the slide makes me laugh every time.

Midway Ice Castles
 Love this guy!

Love this guy!

 Matt started taking pictures of me because he was annoyed by how many I was taking haha

Matt started taking pictures of me because he was annoyed by how many I was taking haha

Midway Ice Castles
 Mandy and Lucy

Mandy and Lucy

 The group of us! — Matt, me, Dad, Marian, Mandy, Clair, Luke

The group of us! — Matt, me, Dad, Marian, Mandy, Clair, Luke

Midway Ice Castles
Midway Ice Castles

Overall, I would say they felt like two completely different experiences, but both equally worthwhile. Mark your calendars for next year!

Ps. Have you been to the ice castles during the day and night? Do you have a preference?

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Snow days in Utah