Frozen Fever Travels to Epcot

Photo by Mark Ashman-Disney Parks

Photo by Mark Ashman-Disney Parks

Isaac Ochoa, Entertainment staffer

A select group of Disney characters has their own ride in the world famous Disney parks, and Oscar-winning box office phenomenon “Frozen” is about to join the exclusive club. Fans of Olaf, Anna and Elsa have stood in lines for hours to greet their favorite Disney characters, and Disney has finally created an attraction for these eager “Frozen” fans.

“I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot,” Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said. “The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.”

The new ride will be finished by 2016. It will feature a royal meeting where guests can meet Anna and Elsa. The encounter will be similar to current princess meetings in which children can meet and take pictures with the characters. “Frozen’s” ride will take guests on a magical ride where they can see their special “Frozen” scenes.

In addition to the “Frozen” world, Disney will include the characters in Disney’s Magic Kingdom holiday season. Anna and Elsa, along with other Disney main characters, will be featured in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Also, Cinderella’s Castle will be changed into Queen Elsa’s ice castle in November. “Frozen” is impacting Disney’s upcoming holiday season unlike previous Disney movies.

The new attraction will be replacing the Maelstrom ride, a Norwegian paradise in Epcot.

“We know that many people have enjoyed Maelstrom over the years, and it’s always a difficult decision to take one attraction out to make way for another. However, we think that creating this new “Frozen” attraction is the right choice for our guests,” Mr. Staggs said.