Meeting Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Princess Anna at Epcot Norway

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On a good day, the Frozen Ever After wait time is 60 minutes or less. Plan ahead:  All the ride’s Fast Passes are usually gone every day by 9am.

We had Two Magical Moments happen to us at Epcot Norway!

We had two Fast Passes to ride the Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot Norway…for the three of us.  That was as many Fast Passes as we were able to get that week for an early evening timeslot.

But, the ride cast member let us all in!  There was hardly any wait line, maybe 10 minutes. (It was really close to IllumiNations show time, around 8:35pm.)

We’ve been on the ride several times, but it was our mom’s first time.

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Elsa and Anna are the most advanced animatronics in all of WDW.  Look at their faces!

The Frozen Ever After attraction takes guests to Arendelle and immerses them in the movie’s favorite moments and music.

Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot

The 4-minute ride moves along the Frozen storyline pretty fast.

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Let it go, let it go….

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Queen Elsa singing as the long boat goes over the mini falls backwards.

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This is the ride’s best scene.

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

Olaf has a song to sing too.

Olaf singing his song.

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Marshmallow appears at the end of the boat ride.

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July 2017:  5 Hour wait time under the hot Florida sun!  😦

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Walking into the Frozen meet and greet area.

Anna and Elsa have their meet & greet place right next door to Frozen Ever After.

We did not have Fast Passes for that (none available) but the cast member let us right in!

A seccond Magical Frozen Moment in less than 20 minutes!!!

We gave her a big hug on our way out. Disney Magic at its best.

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Meeting Queen Elsa.

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Princess Anna

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Queen Elsa greeting us.

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Queen Elsa asking us if the winter has been cold in Colorado. (It was cold in Orlando the day we went, 52 degrees!)

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Interested in Disney Bounding as a Frozen character??

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Disney Bounding as Queen Elsa

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Disney Bounding as Princess Anna

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Disney Bounding as Kristoff

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Disney Bounding as Olaf

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Good eats! And you can meet some Disney princesses!  🙂

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The first time we saw the princesses was the week before the movie opened in Nov. 2013…there was only a 5 minute wait to see Anna & Elsa.  No one knew who they were!  We were like: Tell us all about your movie…..

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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Frozen in a Bottle – Sampling the New Perfume at Epcot Norway

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Ahhh, smell the wild fjords of Norway!

We finally got to sample the new Frozen in a Bottle perfume which debuted at Epcot Norway last year.

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We were spraying this all over the shop!

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

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Lots of bottle sizes in sprays and body creams/lotions available.

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

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Puffins Roost at Epcot Norway

Fragrance designer Gier Ness has been at Puffin’s Roost signing autographs and meeting with park guests many times. Guests can sample all his perfumes there for free.

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Fragrance designer Geir Ness

The new Frozen fragrance sells for $74 for the 3.4-ounce bottle and $52 for the 1.7-ounce one.  It’s also available online Frozen in a Bottle.

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.

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We prefer the scent of his Laila perfume over Frozen in a Bottle.

Caroline buying a new bottle for 2015.

Caroline buying a new bottle of Laila perfume.

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

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This is the perfume we smell on guests walking around Epcot. It’s very popular.

Buying Laila Perfume – The Essence of Norway on Amazon.com.

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He sells cologne for men too.

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Frozen in a Bottle.  (We really like the bottle’s design and color!)

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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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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?

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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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