Friday, June 24, 2016

Frozen Ever After Debuts to Huge Crowds at Epcot

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This past week a brand new dark ride opened at Epcot in Disney World that's themed around the adventures of the popular Frozen movie, named Frozen Ever After.  It's been a while since an original dark ride like this opened at the park, and that and the still-strong popularity of Frozen created some wild wait times - up to 300 minutes - on opening day.

The ride is located in the Norway pavilion, and replaces the classic Maelstrom attraction.  Frozen Ever After uses the former attraction's ride system and much of its layout, with some minor changes to the queue and loading area that allowed for a couple additional scenes.  The ride takes guests from Arendelle up into the world of Frozen, including the willow woods and Elsa's ice palace.  The tone of the ride is upbeat and is not a retelling of the movie.  Instead, it's just a visit to the Frozen world where riders get to see their favorite characters via the use of animatronics that look similar to those that opened in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

The changes in the Norway pavilion also include a brand new dedicated meet and greet area for the Frozen characters, bringing many more square feet of space to the Norway themed area.

It hasn't taken long for many videos of Frozen Ever After to appear online, but one of the first I saw hit the web from Attractions Magazine is still one of the best - obviously this is a giant spoiler so only hit play if you want to experience the ride!

Attractions Magazine has also shared a neat video showing Frozen Ever After and Maelstrom at the same time.  It's pretty cool to see how so much has changed, but you can follow the ride paths just the same.