When Walt Disney promised that Disneyland would never be completed, so long as there is imagination left in the world, he made a promise to Disney fans everywhere that Disney will take seriously at all of their locations around the world. This year, one particular product of imagination — Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit “Frozen” — captured the hearts and minds of people around the world and gave Disney a new opportunity to make good on Walt’s pledge. “Frozen” has been a huge part of the guest experience in a number of ways since the film’s release, and Disney guests have loved the experiences and have asked for more. The current wait times at Walt Disney World just to see Anna and Elsa are often over 2 hours, sometimes quite a bit more.
With the huge success of “Frozen” and the continued popularity of Anna and Elsa in the parks, Disney is now starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take Disney guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.
Mealstrom is currently set to close for good on October 5, 2014. The new “Frozen” attractiont is anticipated to be complete by early 2016, and the Norway pavilion will remain open through construction.
No additional information is available on the ride specifics or the new name of the “Frozen” ride. As soon as information is available we will update you here at Mouseketrips.
Can’t wait for the ride to open? “Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November (November 5, 2014 to be exact). And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This parade is offered during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select nights November 7 – December 19, 2014. The parade will also be presented daily December 20 – 31, 2014.
Also, Disney is extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! into Fall dates so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!).
What do you think about Maelstrom leaving? Are you excited for the new “Frozen” attraction?