MOA announces plans for 40-foot ice castle

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Billed as a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors from around the world, a 40-foot ice castle will be gathering oohs and ahs at the Mall of America this winter.

Ice Castles, LLC will build its largest structure ever, a castle that will stand more than 40 feet tall at its peak and span more than one acre.

Unlike typical ice structures that are built with ice blocks, the Ice Castles castle will be made of icicles organically grown from 4 million gallons of water and then fused together.

The castle will join 50 large ice towers together to create a series of shimmering archways, tunnels, walls and caverns. In the center courtyard, will be the largest frozen tower, reaching more than 40-feet high.

"We cannot wait to watch this magical ice castle come to life," said Maureen Bausch, executive vice president of business development at Mall of America. "We're always looking for ways to enhance the Mall of America experience for families, couples and friends alike and what better way than with a one-of-a-kind attraction like this ice castle?"

More than one million icicles will be used in the castle's creation and maintenance.

Beyond the castle itself, there will also be a children's snow park area with a snow pile that is 40-feet in diameter and 4-feet tall.

The attraction, constructed over the course of four to six weeks during the holiday season, plans to open in late December and stay open through the end of February, weather permitting.

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