The Demise of the Ice Castle

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MidwayLuke
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The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby MidwayLuke » January 11th, 2015, 10:14 am

Have you seen the Eden Prairie Ice Castle this year?

Let's go back to best of the original St Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palaces so you can be correctly underwhelmed.


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there were Moose drawn sleds.
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1917...ok this one's not that elaborate. But it's nice.
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1937
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1986 in Phalen Park
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1992
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2004
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and now....drum roll.....the Eden Prairie castle of 2015

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Really?

It looks like someone left the garden hose on. It looks so cheap. Where's the class and grandeur of the palaces of old?

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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby web » January 11th, 2015, 10:23 am

Its Eden prairie......

nickmgray
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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby nickmgray » January 13th, 2015, 9:15 am

We actually have tickets and plan on going for the three year old's birthday next month. But to be clear, this shouldn't be compared to the old ice castles that have gone up. This is a private investor who builds ice castles in a few different cities each year. And they do just leave the hose on to build their ice castles.

I can't wait for Minneapolis or Saint Paul to get their act together and do another true ice castle. It should be scheduled for every five years.

http://www.startribune.com/video/288276531.html
http://icecastles.com/#history

bus14
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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby bus14 » January 13th, 2015, 9:21 am

I recall reading one is planned for the Super Bowl year.

Minneboy
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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby Minneboy » January 14th, 2015, 8:06 pm

The Chinese certainly know how to do it right. Bring someone from our sister city Harbin. https://www.google.com/search?q=chinese ... d=0CB0QsAQ

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MN Fats
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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby MN Fats » January 15th, 2015, 9:18 am

bus14 wrote:I recall reading one is planned for the Super Bowl year.
You recall correctly.
They also told the owners that the St. Paul Winter Carnival has agreed to build an eight-story ice castle — its first since 2004.
http://www.startribune.com/local/minnea ... 68691.html

fehler
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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby fehler » January 15th, 2015, 10:16 am

The pretty ones look nice in an old picture, but we were never allowed to get near them (I remember visiting the '86 one in Phalen). 2004 was a big disappointment, huge parking fee, and entrance fee, to stand next to a pretty flat wall with pointy tents on top? The Eden Prairie attempt looks like a redo-remake of the "spray castle" they had at the Mall of America last year. Pictures of that?

I am optimistic that new LED lighting combined with old style block construction can make a nice castle stand out and hold up better (lights melting the ice was the main problem of those "picture castles").

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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

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VacantLuxuries
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Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

Postby VacantLuxuries » October 11th, 2017, 10:16 am

Turns out you can't find $15 million worth of donations to build a structure that will melt. Who knew?


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