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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Maelstrom’s Longboats Have Returned!

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April 12, 2016:  The “new” longboats for Frozen Ever After have arrived!            (Photo credit: https://mobile.twitter.com/Coastercrew/status/719579517107445761)

When the popular Maelstrom attraction at Epcot closed in early October 2014, the longboats from the ride hit the highway a few days later for destinations unknown…until now!

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October 6, 2014:  The Maelstrom longboats leaving Epcot.  😦

The longboats have now been refurbished and have returned to Epcot!

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Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2016

The new Frozen Ever After attraction is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend 2016 (May 28th).  We can’t wait!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:

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

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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.

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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.

Yoo-hoo!

“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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Disney Bounding 3: ‘Frozen’

Disney Bounding: When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

Here are some ideas for Disney Bounding as ‘Frozen’ characters.

Perfect for the new Frozen Ever After ride just opening this week at Epcot!

Elsa

Elsa

Anna 1 (dress)

Anna 1 (dress)

Anna 2 (pants)

Anna 2 (pants)

Olaf

Olaf

Trolls

Trolls

Kristoff

Kristoff

Hans

Hans

Looking for more Disney Bounding ideas???  Look here:  Disney Bounding at the Parks

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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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