The day we have all dreaded has come, Frozen is officially taking over Norway at Epcot and Malestrom will be no more. If there was a way I could get to Epcot in the next 3 weeks to ride it over and over again I would.
You will now have even more ways to enjoy and experience the world of “Frozen,” Disney’s instant classic film, across Walt Disney World® Resort! “Frozen” has been a part of the Guest experience in a number of ways already and guests have loved them and asked for more.
Disney will be starting construction on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot®. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take you to Arendelle and immerse you in many of your favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa. These “Frozen” elements are great additions to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.
In order for work to begin on the attraction and character greeting area, the last day Guests can enjoy the Maelstrom attraction is Oct. 5, 2014. The project is anticipated to be complete by early 2016, and the Norway pavilion will remain open through construction.
The wintry wonder and magic of “Frozen” will also enchant Magic Kingdom® Park this holiday season. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf join the festive holiday procession, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” along with a flurry of skaters, skiiers, and ice cutters from the Kingdom of Arendelle. This parade is offered during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select nights Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 2014. The parade will also be presented daily Dec. 20-31, 2014.
Each evening beginning Nov. 5, 2014, Anna and Elsa will appear in a new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park, as Queen Elsa uses her incredible powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays.
And, if you haven’t experienced “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® yet, then you are in for a special treat. Due to its popularity, two elements of this special event are now set to continue. You can enjoy “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration,” a hilarious and interactive presentation of the “Frozen” story – extended indefinitely! The show is presented up to 10 times per day in the park’s Premiere Theater on Streets of America, and Disney Fastpass+ service is now available. Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Funland will be moving on Sept. 28, 2014 from Soundstage One to a new space, in Streets of America near the exit of the Studio Backlot Tour. The new Wandering Oaken’s, expected to operate through the holiday season, will feature a larger-than-ever play area with real snow, plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, character cupcakes, and other treats.
So how do you feel about the classic ride Malestrom being replaced by a Frozen Wonderland?