On June 21, 2016, a unique attraction opened at Walt Disney World. For the first time in forever, we had a new ride to enjoy at EPCOT! That’s right, I’m talking Frozen Ever After, a storybook ride in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase. For princess lovers, Frozen movie fans, and little ones that dig a storybook ride, this attraction is a no-brainer. Ready to learn more about this beloved EPCOT attraction? Here is why you’ll love Frozen Ever After at EPCOT!
Immersive Ride Queue
If you’ve been reading long, you know I am a sucker for an immersive ride queue. The storytelling begins well before you board the ride, and Disney Parks do a superior job designing ride queues to bring Guests into the narrative while they wait in line. This Walt Disney World Resort attraction, is no different. Guests wind through the woods of the north mountain past Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and even see some glimpses of Arrendelle as they walk toward the Viking boats of the ride.
The walk-through details you’ll see while waiting in line will be fun for any Frozen fan. Even better, Disney ensured the entire ride line was air-conditioned. The only exception for this is in the event that the line stretches out past the ride entrance into the Norwegian pavilion.
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Once upon a time, there was a fun water ride called Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion that delivered on Norwegian culture and the scare factor with trolls, growling polar bears, and ride drops. One of the most unique parts of the renovation of Maelstrom to Frozen Ever After was the transformation of the drops inside the ride. The drops in the ride that were often frightening for young children are now gentle and steady surges forward and backward that propel Guests through the ride as Princess Anna and Queen Elsa tell their story. The tempo of the music sets the pace for your ride, and we bet you will love the speed and details of this boat ride.
The Snow Monster
The appearance of Queen Elsa‘s scariest creation, the snow monster, at the end of the ride, adds to a fun and thrilling surprise ending. Just when you think this character has been excluded from the ride, he literally pops up in front of your Viking boat. Don’t worry, we hear he’s quite a softie!
The Expressive Faces of the Characters
The expressive, bright, and lifelike faces of the characters in the ride are unique. While I am all about classic Disney World rides like Peter Pan’s Flight, Gran Fiesta Tour, and Spaceship Earth, I have to admit that the technology on new attractions is incredibly neat. Newer Walt Disney World rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Frozen Ever After deliver on the details in a new and unique way with technologically advanced animatronic equipment.
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Kid-Friendly Ride with Awesome Music
Incorporating more kid-friendly rides at EPCOT and World Showcase is a step in the right direction. Disney movie and Disney princess fans that visit EPCOT will love rides like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Frozen Ever After. A family-friendly water ride through a popular Disney movie is a hit with families and is a must-do Disney experience for Frozen movie fans.
Everyone knows that the incredible film soundtrack for Frozen and Frozen II was a sticking factor with Disney fans. The songs from this movie franchise are so popular they remained at the top of the Billboard music charts for years. Fans of the music from Frozen will love this ride because the majority of it features Elsa belting out the Disney favorite “Let It Go”.
We are all guilty of playing it safe and visiting Parks and attractions we know and love. The placement of this storybook ride at EPCOT introduces Guests that may not have ordinarily visited the Park right on the edge of World Showcase at EPCOT. Guests that purchase EPCOT tickets to see Frozen Ever After will likely have a great time exploring other attractions in the Park that they might have otherwise missed out on.
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Linking Fun With A Learning Experience
When Frozen Ever After was added to the Norwegian Pavilion at EPCOT, a great learning opportunity was created for kids that love Frozen. What better way to get children excited about learning Norwegian culture than riding Frozen Ever After, then taking the time to speak with Cast Members? Kids can ask questions about the country, taste native food, shop, and admire the architecture inspired by Norway during their visit.
Future World and World Showcase has long done an excellent job of making learning fun, but the addition of Frozen theming into Norway at EPCOT is another example of this job well done!
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There were undoubtedly some mixed feelings on the part of Disney veterans regarding the renovation of this ride. Maelstrom was one of my favorite rides at Walt Disney World, and I was sad to see it go. However, Frozen Ever After is a great attraction fit for the space and pays homage to a Disney movie that is a favorite for so many. The renovation has increased interest in World Showcase and the Norwegian pavilion, so I believe it was a success.
Frozen Ever After is a bright, dazzling ride experience that transports you into the story. Swirling snowstorm scenes from the movie are projected all around you as the music from the movie plays through some of the most popular songs from the movie. Children and adults alike are dazzled by this attraction.
When you ride Frozen Ever After, keep an eye open for little details like cute puffins, and tell that adorable snowman Olaf I said hello!