New Perfume at Epcot Norway: Frozen in a Bottle

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Ahhh, smell the wild fjords of Norway!

A new fragrance is debuting at Epcot Norway today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

The new scent is based off of elements of Norway and attempts to capture the film ‘Frozen’ in a one-of-a-kind scent.

The fragrance, named ‘Frozen in a bottle’, captures the essence of the film and its cohesive involvement with nature. The scent was designed to showcase the awesome forces of nature exhibited within the film rather than the two princesses, Anna and Elsa.

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Puffins Roost at Epcot Norway

Gier Ness will be at Puffin’s Roost signing autographs and meeting with park guests today. This will continue on into the weekend through Sunday afternoon. Guests will be able to sample the perfume for free.

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Come and meet Geir Ness!  He’ll even sign your bottle for you!

The new Frozen fragrance is selling for $70 for the 3.4-ounce bottle and $50 for the 1.7-ounce one.

Perfume sampling area.

Perfume sampling area. Guests can try Laila and Frozen for free!

Mr. Ness, a native of Oslo, Norway, creates fragrances that embody the full experience of nature in Norway that users can experience without ever leaving the United States.

Gier created the fragrance Laila for women. According to Ness, the Laila perfume -which is wildly popular with Epcot guests – was inspired by his mother.

Caroline buying a new bottle for 2015.

Caroline buying a new bottle of Laila perfume.

We actually own several bottle of Laila – it’s one of Caroline’s favorite perfumes!

Buying Laila Perfume – The Essence of Norway

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Frozen in a Bottle.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Construction Fire at Epcot Norway

fireFirefighters responded to a small fire at the Norway pavilion at Epcot Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were called to the scene around 4:20 p.m.

A view from WESH Chopper 2 showed multiple fire units at the employee parking lot behind the Norway pavilion.

According to a Walt Disney World spokesperson, the fire was reported in the construction area behind the Norway pavilion. Out of an abundance of caution, guests were evacuated from the attraction, the gift shop and the restaurant. They have since been allowed to return.

News 6 helicopter Sky 6 flew over the park and spotted fire trucks on scene. The entrance appeared to have been blocked to the Norway Pavilion, but was reopened.

The new “Frozen” attraction in the Norway Pavilion is set to open in 2016.

It’s unclear how the fire started.  Officials said there were no injuries and there were no reports of damage.

Video:  http://www.clickorlando.com/news/fire-reported-at-epcot-reedy-creek-fire-says/35182388

Duffy's not leaving Epcot without a fight!!

Duffy’s not leaving Epcot without a fight!!

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 Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Best Snacks in Epcot

Best Desserts of Epcot

Snacking my way around the World Showcase!

Best snacks from around the World Showcase.

#1:  The Cronut

Have a Cronut at Epcot?  Don't mind if I do!!

Have a Cronut at Epcot? Don’t mind if I do!!

Cronuts.

Cronuts up close.  Yum!

#2:  Macarons from France  (With or without ice cream!)

Macarons by the box.

Macarons by the box.  Yes please!

So pretty!

The orange macaron. So pretty!

Macaron ice cream sandwiches!

Macaron ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day.  Perfect!!!

#3: Starbucks Coffee Drinks

Starbucks coffee drinks!

Starbucks coffee drinks!

#4 Funnel Cakes

Funnel cakes!

Funnel cakes!

Funnel cake for lunch?  OK!!

Funnel cake for lunch? OK!!

#5 School Bread from Epcot Norway???

No thank you!  While lots of guests swear how delicious this snack from Norway is, we disagree!

Have you tried the Norway School Bread?

School Bread from Epcot Norway.  :(

School Bread from Epcot Norway. 😦

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Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Taking Photos Around Epcot’s World Showcase

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One of my Summer Alumni Bucketlist items was to take pictures in every country at Epcot!

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Norway

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China

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Germany

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Italy

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The United States

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Morocco

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France
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The United Kingdom

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Canada

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DCP Advice:  I have plenty of photos taken at Epcot with my CPs friends, but I wanted to take a series of photos of just me in every country.  I recommend that all CPs take a few photos of themselves in their favorite places at WDW without anyone else in the photo.

You won’t regret it!  🙂

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Showing the pin board at work.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot

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10:45am, ready for our breakfast buffet. Lovely day at Epcot.

We went to a character breakfast at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

This is the character breakfast at the Norway pavilion in Epcot. (For us, it was more like brunch…11am seating time, latest breakfast time possible.)

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Inside Akershus!  Once upon a time….

We walked in and immediately met Belle.

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Belle, looking beautiful as always

Once you are seated, there is an iced buffet where you serve yourself.  There are lots of different bread options (most filled with raisins), and then about 15 different options of cold fish (gross!) done in Norwegian sauces.

Once you and your family sit back down, the server brings a huge plate of warm scrambled eggs, cheesy potato baked casserole, and a mountain of bacon and sausage!  You share it all family style.  The cheesy potatoes were my favorite!  So good!

While you are eating, all the princesses come around and greet you, sign your autograph book, and take a photo with them.  So cool! They are all so pretty!!

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Cinderella

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Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

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Snow White asked if the 7 dwarfs mined the jewels on my sparkly crown for me!

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Princess Ariel.   We matched!

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Beautiful gown!

The best part was that every 15 minutes, they invited all the little princesses and princes in the room to parade around the restaurant with all the Disney princesses! So cute! 🙂

Our bill was $80 plus the gratuity, so it ended up being around $90.  Well worth it because we got to meet all the princesses and eat delicious breakfast food!

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The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot-Norway

Join Disney Princesses for a Storybook Dining buffet inside a medieval castle with soaring archways and cathedral ceilings.

The general price ranges for the breakfast meal are as follows:

Adult price range: $40.46 – $46.85

Child (ages 3-9) price range: $24.49 – $27.68

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage and desserts are included in this price. Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and even on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend).

Disney princesses walk around the room of this Norwegian restaurant modeled after a medieval castle.

The characters appear on a rotating schedule; there is no guarantee which characters will be appearing on any given day. Disney characters and princesses who might appear include: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Mulan, and Mary Poppins.

The princesses from ‘Frozen’ (Queen Elsa and Princess Anna) do NOT appear.  [This may change next year when the new Frozen Ever After ride opens up nearby.]

Breakfast menu, February 2015

Start your day with American breakfast favorites served family-style.

Buffet Breakfast – Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and fresh seasonal fruit.

Norwegian Items – Smoked Salmon, Diced Onions, Capers, Peppered Mackerel, Mixed Fruit, Glassmeister Herring, Tomato Herring, Jarlsburg Cheese, Muenster Cheese, Gjetost Goat Cheese

Assorted Yogurts and Bagels – Assorted Yogurt, Granola, Dried Diced Fruit, Bagels, Assorted Cream Cheeses, Nuts, Raisins, Strawberry Jelly and Grape Jelly

Assorted Baked Pasteries – Cinnamon Rolls, Assorted Muffins, Donuts, Apple Turnovers, Cherry Danish, Bananas, Assorted Croissants [no School Bread!!!]

Beverages:  Unlimited Juice, Milk, Tea, Cocoa, and Coffee

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 Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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New “Frozen Ever After” is Open!

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Frozen Ever After ride: Queen Elsa singing ‘Let It Go’.  Magical!!   Ride’s Opening Day:  June 21, 2016

Watch Frozen Ever After POV (full ride):  Frozen Ever After ride

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Elsa and Anna are the most advanced animatronics in all of WDW!!

In September 2014, WDW announced it was shutting down the popular Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot and replacing it with a ride inspired by the movie ‘Frozen’.

The last day for the Maelstrom ride was October 6, 2014.

Knock, knock...anyone home???

October 2014:  Knock, knock…anyone home???  The ride is closed. 😦

The new Frozen Ever After attraction takes guests to Arendelle and immerses them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.

Many people were upset about this refurbishment as the Maelstrom ride was based on the lore of a real country – Norway – and, of course, featured rough seas and an oil rig (!) in the North Seas.

Frozen Ever After, of course, takes place in the fictional Scandanavian country of Arendelle.

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It opened today to long lines and a 300 minute wait time (5 HOURS!!).

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5 Hour wait under the hot Florida sun!  😦

 

The new ride’s details:  Opened June 21, 2016, first day of summer!!!

Maelstrom, which visitors rode in a floating log while touring through Norwegian mythology, has been “gutted,” Ms. Mangum said, and got a “a whole new overlay with ‘Frozen.’” While the logs and the path remain the same, everything you see along the way was replaced.

And it’s so much better!!!

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We were seriously hoping for larger, faster loading/unloading boats more like what are used on ‘Pirates’ or ‘It’s a Small World’.  But, noooo…in April 2016 Maelstorm’s longboats returned!

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April 12, 2016:  The “new” longboats for Frozen Ever After have arrived back at Epcot, repainted but still the same boats!            (Photo credit: https://mobile.twitter.com/Coastercrew/status/719579517107445761)

The setting for “Frozen Ever After” is the winter festival that takes place in summer, when residents of Arendelle celebrate their favorite season of the year in the midst of its polar opposite.

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Boat ride through Frozen Ever After

While waiting on line, which is sure to take much, much longer than the four-minute ride, visitors will walk by Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.

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“Yoo-hoo!”

The trader with the thick accent will occasionaly clear steam on the windows to utter a hearty “Yoo-hoo!” to people walking by. “We consider this scene one,” Ms. Mangum said.

Olaf has a song to sing too.

Olaf has a song to sing to the guests in the boats too.

Once they board their logs, “Frozen Ever After” riders see the goofy snowman Olaf and equally goofy reindeer Sven setting up the Winter Festival premise.

Next is a stop at Troll Valley, where Grandpappy Troll tells a gathering of children the story of how Anna and Kristoff met, before the log goes up a ramp to find Olaf again, singing a song while ice skating, right next to Anna and Kristoff, who are singing with their friend, Sven.

Behind a set of doors is the moment any visitor is sure to be waiting for: Elsa, on a balcony, singing “Let It Go” in her ice castle. It’s the centerpiece of the ride, “the big, big scene,” Ms. Mangum said, and it features elaborate effects to create simulated snow crystals soaring around the room.

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Marshmallow and Snowgie pals will show up at the end of the boat ride.

Visitors next ride by Marshmallow, the giant, formerly evil snowman from “Frozen” and his miniature Snowgie pals, who show up in the short “Frozen Fever,” which ran in front of the “Cinderella” movie earlier this year.

Marshmallow himself yells “Let It Go” in time with Elsa’s song before the log travels through a mist cloud and reaches the final scene, which includes fireworks and a wave from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristof.

Of course, some may question whether the the fictional world of Arendelle even belongs in Epcot’s World Pavilion, which has always been about touring countries that actually exist, like Japan, Mexico, and France.

But Mr. Staggs argues that “Frozen Ever After” is sure to draw more visitors to the Norway Pavilion, and Epcot as a whole, and that the movie is in fact based significantly on Scandinavian culture, art and mythology.

“If the goal is to give people a taste of something like Scandinavia with the Norway pavilion, then ‘Frozen’ would only increase the extent to which people would be drawn to it,” he said. “To me it doesn’t seem out-of-character at all.”

And, don’t forget to check out Anna and Elsa in their new meet & greet place next door to Frozen Ever After:

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New meet and greet for Anna & Elsa.

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Maelstrom's long boats being hauled away.

October 2014:  Maelstrom’s long boats being hauled away two days after the ride’s closing.

Cool video of the Maelstrom boats leaving WDW for awhile:  Goodbye longboats!!!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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New ‘Frozen’ Meet & Greet Area in Epcot

Location of new ‘Frozen’ Meet & Greet Area in Epcot

Location of new ‘Frozen’ Meet & Greet Area in Epcot

Queen Elsa is annexing the current vacant lot located between the Mexico and Norway pavilions for a project titled ‘Frozen Meet and Greet Building.’

According to the filed documents, the new 1+ acre project consists of building an approximately 13,000 square feet facility that ‘will house a Disney guest attraction and a women’s restroom,’ as well as a new 2,000 square foot ‘modular type’ building that will replace one that needs to be demolished for the new project.

We expect that the look of the building will be based on the palace in Arendelle, very Scandinavian in design, and will include:

  • Meet & Greet area,
  • Gift shop very similar to the Wandering Oaken shop that was at Hollywood Studios all summer and fall 2014,
  • Perhaps a “snow” play area too. That also was very popular this past summer.
  • A new and very much needed women’s restroom.

In addition, two backstage parking spots with 18 spaces will be constructed. Judging by the illustration and aerial photographs included in the filing, it appears the new facility will have its own direct access to the World Showcase Lagoon area and will not connect directly with the existing Norway pavilion.

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November 2013:  At the Anna and Elsa meet & greet  in Norway- so pretty!

The Frozen village.

Maybe the building’s design will look like this??

 

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
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We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale