Video: A look at the Eden Prairie ice castles and how they're made


The Eden Prairie ice castles are back.

The giant, light-up ice formations – which include a slide, dome room, maze, waterfall and more – opened up for the season this past weekend at Miller Park.

They were supposed to return at the start of January, but were delayed because of unseasonably warm temps – but a sudden burst of frigid weather bumped the opening to this past weekend.

But how are they made? It involves a lot of icicles, running water, and cold weather.

BringMeTheNews spoke with Amanda Roseth, manager of the Eden Prairie location, who explained how it's done:

The ice castles are usually open until the first week of March, but that's weather-dependent. With the warmer weather (and possibly rain) coming this weekend, the walls could lose a half-inch of height, Roseth said.

It will open from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, with tickets costing $9.95 on weekdays and $12.95 on weekends for adults, and $6.95 and $8.95 for children.

If you're planning to go, Saturdays are generally the busiest. And if you want to go down the slide or anything, wear waterproof pants of some sort. Boots are also important.

Tickets are on sale and can be booked here.

Founder and designer Brent Christensen previously told BringMeTheNews his goal is to create a winter “fantasy land.”

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