“We’ve taken the show to another level this year, and I’m excited for people to experience it. So, visitors will get to see more themed areas within the park, and they are going to love the soundtrack,” “said Jessica Lehmann, Journey Borealis project manager at Pyramid Hill.
There will be a change at the entrance, which will help the traffic flow. The gatehouse has been moved further into the park, which will alleviate the traffic backup on Ohio State Route 128. The entrance location will remain the same.
“We have moved our gatehouse and created a more efficient process for people to get into the park on our busy nights, which are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays,” Lehmann said.
The route has also been expanded, based on feedback from a guest survey, so there will be less two-way traffic and congestion inside the park.
Visitors will start with the illuminated drive-through with the trees and arches at the beginning like last year. Then, the display will honor Jerusalem with a blue and white light display, which also celebrates Hanukkah.
Next, visitors will enter Germany’s Candy Cane Forest, where there will be more than 50 treesyarn-bombed in red and white, and lit up. After that, visitors will enter The Grinch’s Greenland, where they will go through a new 80-foot LED light tunnel with two Grinch figures hidden in the forest that kids can look for. Following that, visitors will enter Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a nativity and projection art by local artist Sam Dorgan.
The famed Swan Lake is a popular highlight that hasn’t changed. The Pyramid House will be re-lit this year, and the beloved ice-skating rink will return.
“We’ve kept the nostalgia of previous years, but also added to having a more concrete theme within each area, so after they pass through Bethlehem, they will enter the North Pole,” Lehmann said.
Journey Borealis will also be accompanied by a musical soundtrack from the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and Cincinnati Boychoir will be featured on two of the tracks. The soundtrack is available on Otocast app, which can be downloaded in the Apple or Google Play app store for free.
“Last year was a record-breaking year with our attendance to Journey Borealis. We had over 50,000 people come to visit,” said Lehmann. “A lot of it had to do with the re-branding and the excitement behind including Brave Berlin, the creators of Blink Cincinnati, who will also be featured this year.”
“Brave Berlin will do a spectacular transformation of our pavilion into Santa’s Workshop, where there will be video projections of working elves being revealed in Santa’s Workshop,” she said.
Journey Borealis will be open from Monday through Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 6-10 p.m. Regular admission prices per carload are $15 every night for Pyramid Hill members. Non-members are $20 per carload Monday through Thursday and $25 per carload on Friday through Sunday. For more details, visit www.journeyborealis.com. The cost of a Pyramid Hill membership is $45 (up to five family members.)