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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Seeing Disney on Ice: Frozen!

We got to see Disney on Ice:  Frozen last weekend at the Pepsi Center.

The costumes and skating were amazing!  It was a fun show!

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Great seats – front & center near the ice. $35

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The set was very pretty.

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Lord Weaselton

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Opening Village scene

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“Open the gates!”

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Sven

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Krisoff, what a cutie!

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Elsa

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Elsa building her ice palace

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Olaf

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Olaf and Marshmallow.

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Marshmallow.  Amazing!

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Troll scene

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Papa Troll

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Love their costumes!

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Sister hug.

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Finale.  All the Disney princes and princesses come out and skate.

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Mickey and Minnie in ski gear.

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Elly and Ian

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Meeting Olaf at California Adventure last month.

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It’s true!

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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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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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Frozen Summer Fun Starts Tomorrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Olaf will be singing and dancing at DHS this summer!

Olaf will be singing and dancing again at DHS this summer!

Special Event Dates: June 17 – September 07, 2015

Don’t miss the royal return of Frozen’s frosty summer celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

forzen fireworks (2)Back this year: Frozen Fireworks Spectacular!

Celebrate the coolest day ever with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf—and an amazing fireworks finale.

Frozen's icy fireworks.

Frozen’s icy fireworks.

There’s “snow” better way to end a Frozen day than with a spectacular flurry of awe-inspiring fireworks—set to the music of your favorite Disney winter fantasy!

Frozen stuff everywhere!

Frozen stuff everywhere!

Chill with your cool Arendelle friends and watch as the night sky explodes with icy magic.

All the things to do this summer at DHS!

All the things to do this summer at DHS!  Frozen character meet & greets, sing-alongs, special fireworks, special merchandise, special Frozen treats!!

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Two GirlsTwo 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.

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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.

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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

First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration!

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Queen Elsa and Anna at the sing-along.

We got to see the new First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios a few weeks ago. We loved it!

This was originally part of the Summer of Fun at hollywood Studios.

This was originally part of the 2014 Summer of Fun at Hollywood Studios.

We got FastPasses for the 4:55pm show and walked right in.  The day we were there, all the shows looked pretty booked up, with crowds of guests without FastPasses lining up very early for each show.

Anna and Elsa make appearances at both the beginning and end of the program.

Anna and Elsa make appearances at both the beginning and end of the program.

We liked the concept of the ‘Royal Historians’ telling the story of Frozen.  The little kids went crazy each time they launched into a song, and especially when it started “snowing” in the theater!

The words to the songs are projected on two big screens in the theater and guests are encouraged to sing along, which they certainly do!

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Let it go…The crowd went wild for this song!

We had really good seats right up front near the stage.

We had really good seats right up front near the stage.

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This is such a cute song….In Summertime!  🙂

The tow Ariendelle Historians telling the story on the left.

The two Ariendelle Historians telling the story on the left.

The number of shows (30 minute performances) vary, up to a maximum of 10 shows per day, playing every hour or so.

There’s some speculation that the show will continue into 2015 and ultimately move to the now-closed American Idol location.

At the Forzen Sing-a-long

Join your Frozen friends—like Anna, Elsa and the newly-appointed royal historians of Arendelle—for a fun and frosty interactive showcase!

We think it’s a great addition to DHS and think it will be staying for the long term.

When the show was over, we headed over to the nearby Streets of America and got there just in time for the million lights to be turned on.  WOW!!!

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6pm:  On the Streets of America

On the Streets of America.  Not forzen today, it was 81 degrees!!

On the Streets of America. Not frozen today, it was 81 degrees!!

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Halloween 2014:  Boulder, Colorado

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. 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