Disney World News – Frozen Attraction Coming To Epcot

So have you heard the news? For months we’ve been hearing the rumors and apparently it is true…Disney is transforming Maelstrom located in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot into a Frozen attraction. Here’s the post straight from Disney Parks Blog:

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 our guests that we take seriously at all our 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 us a new opportunity to make good on Walt’s pledge.

We’ve made “Frozen” a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So 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. 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 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.

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“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. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

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We’re extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, 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!).

From the moment we screened the film several months before its release, we were inspired by the possibility of bringing this great story to life for our guests. Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! has been extremely popular, and now we’re looking forward to doing even more to allow our guests to experience the “Frozen” phenomenon.

So what are your thoughts on this move? Will you miss Maelstrom? Are you excited about the changes? Please leave a comment!

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Friday Favorites – Best Epcot World Showcase Attractions

For today’s Friday Favorites, I would like to share with you my picks for best Epcot World Showcase attractions. Epcot’s World Showcase is my favorite place to just hang out and relax in all of Disney World. Usually while I’m in Disney World, I want to go non-stop and see and do as much as possible. I only stop to eat and sleep so that the rest of my family can survive! Epcot’s World Showcase is a nice balance of “going and doing” combined with the relaxed feel that my family so desperately needs. Our absolute favorite time to explore the World Showcase is after dark when all of the countries are brilliantly lit. The atmosphere is extraordinary and it is truly like being transported around the globe. Next time you are in Epcot, be sure to check out my choices for best Epcot World Showcase attractions. And here they are in no particular order.

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros This is a 7 minute indoor boat ride located in the Mexico pavilion. This attraction reminds me a lot of It’s A Small World with its catchy music and colorful details. This cute and relaxing ride is fun for the whole family!
  • Impressions De France This an 18 minute film depicting the beauty and diversity of France and its people. The movie is projected over 200 degrees widescreen in a cool, comfy theatre complete with soft, velvety seats. A great show to see when you are ready to cool off and relax to some stunning scenery and serene music!
  • O Canada! This is an 18 minute 360 degree Circle-Vision film detailing the exquisite natural beauty of Canada. Narrated by actor Martin Short, this movie is sure to keep you entertained! Keep in mind that the audience stands during this show.
  • The American Adventure This is a 29 minute compelling show that gives a brief history of the United States. This patriotic story is told through a combination of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain audio-animatronics, inspiring music and film clips. This is a must-do for us on every trip!

So there you have it…my picks for best Epcot World Showcase attractions!

Do you have a favorite Epcot World Showcase attraction? Please leave a comment!