Even after nearly ten years, EPCOT’s Frozen Ever After attraction remains one of the most popular rides in the theme park, with consistently high wait times. In fact, the Norway Pavilion attraction is so beloved that Hong Kong Disneyland is receiving its own version.
But anyone who’s experienced the original Frozen Ever After ride can tell you that its most major issue lies with the use of screen/projection-faced animatronics.
Frozen Ever After Is a Modern Classic…With One HUGE Drawback…
While projection-faced animatronics seemed to be the major update for modern Disney Park rides, it seems that in a short amount of time, they’ve already begun to age poorly.
While it seems that Walt Disney Imagineering wanted to experiment and find better lip-synching options for animatronics, it seems that fans are willing to trade lip-synching if it means getting rid of screen-faced animatronics.
Although Walt Disney Imagineering’s intentions were to create a more seamless look, these animatronics have turned out to be anything but.
When Screen-Faced Animatronics Malfunction, the Result Is…Frightening, to Say the Least…
When traditional animatronics malfunction, they simply stop moving, resembling that of a puppet or a sculpture instead of an animatronic. This can come off as clunky or disappointing, but it’s far better than the alternative. Because once a projection-faced animatronic malfunctions, the result is downright terrifying.
The projections either go completely dark, leaving a faceless mannequin in its wake, or they malfunction in different ways, creating a character with a computer error screen for a face.
Not only that, but the inconsistencies between the face and the body of the animatronic are glaringly obvious, ruining the magic and the illusion of the Disney ride.
The Walt Disney Company Has Finally Heard Fans’ Prayers!
As it turns out, most fans prefer the classic audio-animatronic style, and would take the clunky malfunctions over the terrifying ones. It would seem that the Walt Disney Company has finally heard fans’ prayers, as Frozen Ever After will be receiving upgraded, traditional animatronics.
Hong Kong Disneyland is preparing to open Arendelle: World of Frozen, its newest theme park area.
Arendelle: World of Frozen to Debut Soon, With Traditional Animatronics!
Throughout this theme park area, guests will be able to spot some of their favorite landmarks from Frozen (2013) and Frozen II (2019), such as Elsa’s Ice Palace, Arendelle Castle, and the North Mountain. This entirely new area will also feature new attractions, such as Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs, Playhouse in the Woods, and its very own Frozen Ever After.
Disney recently shared the first look at Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa’s ground-breaking animatronics, and they’re nothing short of extraordinary:
NEW: Disney shared a new look at the Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff Audio-Animatronics figures that will be featured in Frozen Ever After when World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland opens on Nov. 20. pic.twitter.com/DI3RG80XRW
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) September 12, 2023
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Arendelle: World of Frozen area will debut on November 20.