Princesses and fire dancers perform as Eden Prairie ice castle opens

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The long-awaited castle in Eden Prairie opened to visitors last night.

MPR, which has a series of photos of the 40-foot tall structure, said that the launch night at Miller Park involved a light show, ice princesses and fire dancers.

The castle has been built by Ice Castles LLC, the same company that constructed one at the Mall of America two years ago, but its opening was pushed back on several occasions because of the relatively warm weather at the end of December.

But, as all of you know, it's more than cold enough now, and it is intended that the display will remain open to March 7, weather permitting.

It is one of four castles to be constructed by the Utah-based company this winter, with others in Utah, Vermont and New Hampshire.

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The Eden Prairie News says the structure itself features archways, tunnels, slot canyons, caverns, an ice slide, glacial waterfall and even a frozen throne.

Anyone planning a visit can do so between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 2 p.m. till 10 p.m. Friday; and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. It costs $12.95 for those aged 12 and over, $8.95 for ages 4-11 and free to those aged three and under.

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