I am rarely, if ever, disappointed when Disney announces a new attraction. Walt Disney World® is suppose to be for the kid in all of us – not just for kids! Yesterday’s announcement that a “Frozen” attraction will replace Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT® is one of the rare times I am shaking my head at a Disney decision. This is so far removed from the original intent of World Showcase. I understand that Disney is making boat-loads of money from the Frozen franchise, however, that is no reason to ruin the country theme of the World Showcase by dragging in a fictional, animated, cartoon element. Don’t they remember what happened to World Showcase when Anna and Elsa were originally in Norway? This change coming on the heels of the removal of Off Kilter and the other great acts at Epcot has me wondering once again – “What the heck is Disney thinking?” I’m sorry but a flag waving act replacement just doesn’t do it for me!
EPCOT is my favorite spot in Walt Disney World for many reasons. One of those reasons is there is not a need to navigate around thousands of children to enjoy your day. I’m sure one of Disney’s reasons is to bring more families and kids into World Showcase. If that is the case, I personally believe Disney needs to be more proactive when it comes to adult behavior and over-drinking during their time at EPCOT. I don’t condone the behavior by some adults but I do understand that many feel they are in a park that is not as frequented by children. There will come a time when the “adult” EPCOT crowd will become an issue for the “family” EPCOT crowd. I don’t think it will take long to happen, especially since Disney is so good at promoting events and festivals that have a main ingredient of alcohol.
“Frozen” already has a large presence in the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios – I personally think there is no need for them in the World Showcase. I am also slightly tired of the entire “Frozen” thing. Sorry – but really, it’s just a movie!
Maelstrom will be gone as of October 5. In case you haven’t heard what’s happening – here’s the latest info.:
Disney Announcement: Frozen Attraction Coming to Epcot and New Frozen Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort
“Frozen” has been a part of the Guest experience in a number of ways already and our Guests have both loved them and asked for more. We are pleased to share with you our latest plans to bring more “Frozen”-inspired experiences to our Disney theme parks.
We’re starting construction on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot®. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take your Clients to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa. These “Frozen” elements are great additions to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.
In order for work to begin on the attraction and character greeting area, the last day Guests can enjoy the Maelstrom attraction is Oct. 5, 2014. The project is anticipated to be complete by early 2016, and the Norway pavilion will remain open through construction.
The wintry wonder and magic of “Frozen” will also enchant Magic Kingdom® Park this holiday season. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf join the festive holiday procession, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” along with a flurry of skaters, skiiers, and ice cutters from the Kingdom of Arendelle. This parade is offered during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select nights Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 2014. The parade will also be presented daily Dec. 20-31, 2014.
Each evening beginning Nov. 5, 2014, Anna and Elsa will appear in a new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park, as Queen Elsa uses her incredible powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays. Due to its popularity, two elements of “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” will be continued at Hollywood Studios.
“For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration,” a hilarious and interactive presentation of the “Frozen” story – extended indefinitely! The show is presented up to 10 times per day in the park’s Premiere Theater on Streets of America, and Disney Fastpass+ service is now available.
Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Funland will be moving on Sept. 28, 2014 from Soundstage One to a new space, in Streets of America near the exit of the Studio Backlot Tour. The new Wandering Oaken’s, expected to operate through the holiday season, will feature a larger-than-ever play area with real snow, plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, character cupcakes, and other treats.
What are your thoughts?