Two new “Frozen” experiences are coming to Epcot on June 21, 2016. First, the Frozen Ever After attraction and the adjacent Royal Sommerhus, where guests will be able to meet these two princesses.
Located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot, Frozen Ever After allows guests to set off on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. First, they’ll be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers to create a beautiful “winter-in-summer” day for the entire kingdom. Next, they will pass Troll Valley on their way up to the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before their return trip to the Bay of Arendelle. And, starting on May 21, 2016 guests will be able to start making Fastpasses for this attraction.
And, over at the nearby Royal Summerhus, Anna and Elsa’s summer home, the royal sisters will be available for greeting opportunities.
– Cody Woodbrey
Disney California Adventure Park is celebrating an all-new event this winter, “Frozen Fun.” Here guests will be able to immerse themselves in all new Frozen-inspired activities. Guests will get the opportunity to meet characters from Disney’s famous film Frozen, build a snowman, sing-along to well-known songs, eat delicious treats, and dance the night away at the all new dance party. The “Frozen Fun” event runs until May 22, but it is rumored that it will extend through the summer. I was lucky enough to experience every part of the celebration and am here to give you all the tips you will need to fully experience this event.
“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”
Join your favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen in an all new Sing-Along Celebration. Here guests have the opportunity to sing-along, listen, and laugh with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff as they reenact their “Frozen” story. The Sing-Along takes place in the Muppet Vision building in Hollywood Land and runs several times throughout the day. This is an extremely popular celebration, so I would highly recommend either attending one of the first shows of the day or getting a FastPass. Show times: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
“Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome”
These two famous sisters have moved from Disneyland Park to the Animation building in Disney California Adventure Park. Here guests will be able to meet and greet the sisters and be part of their new royal welcome. These sisters are the most popular characters in the parks, and because of their popularity guests are required to get “Return Time Tickets,” which are distributed just outside the animation building at the beginning of the day until all the tickets are taken. These tickets allow you to come back at a pre-selected time to meet the sisters. Note: You will still have about a 15–30 minute wait once you come back with your ticket. All park tickets must be active when getting the “Return Time Tickets” from the cast member, meaning that the ticket needs to have been scanned at the turnstiles. When returning to meet the sisters, everyone has to have a “Return Time Ticket” in hand to enter. They will not let anyone without a ticket in, and there are no latecomers, so make sure you are on time or early! While you wait to meet the sisters, you have the opportunity to learn how to draw a snowman. That’s right! You can learn how to sketch either Olaf or Marshmallow. Sessions take place all day long. This is a great activity for the whole family.
“Olaf’s Snow Fest”
Olaf has decided to celebrate the winter season and snow with his very own celebration in Olaf’s Snow Fest. This celebration takes place daily in the Stage 17 building in Hollywood Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Here guests will be able to play in the snow, build a snowman, go sledding, buy fun Frozen souvenirs, and eat delicious treats and hot cocoa. Guests will also be able to enjoy performances by The Frolicking Fjords and The Tubadors band; and of course, no winter celebration is complete without Olaf. That’s right. Guests have the opportunity to get warm hugs from Olaf himself. Olaf is a very popular snowman, so I would highly recommend seeing him early in the day. He meets inside the building, but you have to get in line outside the building, where you will be given a pager. The pager will notify you when it’s your turn to meet Olaf. Make note: Once your pager goes off, you may still wait up to 15 minutes to see him. One of the nice things about the pager is that you can be anywhere in the park and it will still work. Once your pager goes off, just head back into the building where you will hand the pager to the cast member and get in line to see Olaf.
For even more Frozen-inspired souvenirs, just head outside to the “Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.” They have apparel, plush dolls, toys, mugs, and more.
Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party
If you’re looking for the perfect way to end the night, head over to Hollywood Land to the new dance party, “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party.” The area is decked out in wintery décor, dazzling lighting effects, and fun photo opportunities. Enjoy live music from DJ Chill, dancing, fun interactive games at The Ice House, live ice carving, and delicious treats and beverages. Located in the back of the dance area through the archway, you will find Marshmallow, another famous snowman from Disney’s Frozen. He starts meeting guests about 5 minutes after the dance party starts. Don’t worry; he is much friendlier than in the movie. He continues to meet guests through the length of the party, but if the line gets too long, they will close it early so he can end once the party finishes up.
– Cody Woodbrey
For the first time this summer, on select sailing on both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings Alaska and Europe, Disney will bring the land of “Frozen” to life. For one day of the sailing, the ship will be transformed into the land of “Frozen”. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in a new deck party, a three-song stage show production number, character meet and greets with some of your favorite “Frozen characters, new ashore adventures and much more.
Here are some of the all-new happenings for these select cruises:
- Memorable moments with Anna, Elsa, and for the first time in forever sing-along, with appearances from Kristoff and Olaf
- “Anna’s Chase for the Chocolate” a scavenger hunt with a special surprise for finishing the game… I think the surprise might have something to do with chocolate!
- “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity with kids learn now to use their magical powers to make snow and ice like Queen Elsa
- “The Maypole Swirl and Twirl” for guests wanting to learn traditional Scandinavian dances, all while spinning and braiding giant ribbons
- “Frozen” themed dining experience, the evenings dinner menu includes traditional Nordic fare and special dishes inspired by the film
- “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” an all new family-friendly interactive deck party featuring Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff and everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf
With the Disney Magic sailing to Norway, guests will be able to have an even more immersive experiences. “Frozen” will make its debut in an all new production “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic”. In this production, Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Olaf along with your beloved Disney characters will teach an young girl the power of her dreams.
This is not all for guests sailing to Norway! Guests will also have the opportunity to experience all-new port adventures that bring the story of Arendelle to life. One of the signature adventure ashore in Ålesund, Norway, will immerse guests in the charm of Norway with the help with Anna and Elsa themselves.
The summer “Frozen” fun doesn’t stop there but expands to all Disney Cruise ships; Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Olaf with his warm hugs, will join the sisters from Arendelle in an all-new meet and greet experience. On the first night of the cruise, guests will be given a personal navigator with information where they can get tickets to participate in the meet and greet. You must have a ticket in order to participate, so get your ticket as soon as you can.
Cruises that port at Disney’s private Island, Castaway Cay, will also enjoy a new addition the island, Olaf’s Summertime Freeze bar. Specialty non-alcoholic frozen drinks will be served and is located near Pelican Point Tram stop by the Disney Castaway Cay Family Beach.
I’m not sure about you, but I am pretty excited about all the new “Frozen” happenings this summer. If you were thinking about taking a cruise, this might be the perfect time to go! For even more information or to book a Disney Cruise, please contact me today!
– Cody Woodbrey