Several communities have enjoyed the spectacle of having an ice castle structure

Ice Castles LLC has enjoyed success in other communities with its over-sized interactive frozen funhouses, one of which is coming to Lake Geneva this winter for the first time ever. (File photo/Regional News)

Even before crews finish building it, Lake Geneva's new "ice castle" winter tourist attraction is generating big crowds — in advance ticket orders.

Officials at the company Ice Castles LLC today said they have received thousands of ticket orders for the frozen interactive funhouse under construction on the Lake Geneva lakefront.

Spokeswoman Melissa Smuzynksi said she could not provide an exact number of ticket orders received so far, but she said the number is in the thousands.

"It's been fantastic," Smuzynksi said. "There's been a great response."

Pre-sale ticket orders are scheduled to continue through Dec. 12 at the company's website www.icecastles.com.

The company has not announced ticket prices yet, although its website shows prices ranging from $11 to $19 a person. General ticket sales have yet to be announced. 

The attraction is expected to open on Lake Geneva's Riviera Beach in late December and remain open throughout the winter. The estimated 30,000-square-foot ice sculpture will include slides, a maze, fountains and other interactive features.

The attraction will be open seven days a week.

Crews are about 15 percent done creating the ice castle, which officials say is slightly ahead of schedule. As many as 20 crew members are working eight hours a day to assemble the structure.