Two weeks before ‘Frozen’ opened in November 2013, the Norway pavilion was updated to include an Anna & Elsa meet & greet area (big mistake!!) and the dreary Viking stuff was removed from the gallery and replaced with Frozen stuff. The shops were stocked with movie merchandise and the wait to see the princesses was less than 5 minutes. https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/disneys-frozen-character-meet-greet/
And then the movie opened Thanksgiving weekend. The wait jumped to 200-300 minutes every day, security was onsite all day long and all the Frozen merchandise sold out. It was crazy. (We went there in November for a character breakfast and had a great time!)
The Anna & Elsa meet and greet was finally moved to MK in May 2014.
Norsk Kultur, meaning “Norweigan Culture,” showcases a collection of artifacts and objects that inspired the world of Disney’s “Frozen.” Such as: an authentic hand-made bunad, the traditional costume of Norway; a hardanger fiddle and other handmade instruments; hand-carved artisan furniture; examples of rosemaling (traditional Norse decorative painting) and more. Some artifacts on display date back as early as the 1200s.
While we haven’t been to Norway – yet – we have been to the Stave church in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Chapel in the Hills is an exact replica of the Borgund stave church in Norway. The Borgund stavkirke was built around the year 1150 and is considered the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway. The Norwegian Department of Antiquities provided a set of blueprints of the Borgund church to be used in the construction of the Chapel in the Hills.
We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
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