If you are a fan of Frozen, then start planning your 2016 Walt Disney World Resort vacation!
According to information that the travel agents on our team have received from Disney, it looks like the “reimagination of Maelstrom” could be done at the end of April of 2016! The ride will be located in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) also published some exciting artistic renderings of the new “Frozen Ever After” ride as well as brand new details of this exciting ride. Imagineering creative executive Kathy Mangum, who oversees the Walt Disney World Resort told WSJ “What we try to do is take you back to the movie without retelling that story. This is a celebration of the characters, a way for guests who love the film to experience it in a completely different way.”
This will be perfect timing for guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort for Summer 2016! I know my girls are excited to have a Frozen ride.
Like so many newer rides at the Walt Disney Resort, guests will be treated an interactive queue-line featuring the trader from Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post to pass the time while waiting in line. The new 4-minute long ride will take guests through the same path of Maelstrom, but the former scenery has been completely removed. As always, Disney Imagineers have used cutting edge technology to make the very best audio-animatronic characters. The characters in “Frozen Ever After will be similar to the ones in the Seven Drawfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. Their faces and expressions coming from projectors to give a more life-like animation to the beloved audio-animatronics!
We will now be taken to Arendelle where the inhabitants are celebrating their winter festival- which is held in the summer! Boarding your log, you will encounter fan favorites, Olaf and Sven who are busy setting up for the Winter Festival. Then on to Troll Vally where you hear the story of Anna and Kristof as told by Grandpappy Troll. Next we see Olaf again who is now ice skating with Anna and Kristof.
Of course, there is a scene with Elsa singing her famous “Let it Go” from a balcony off of her ice castle. This is the climax of the ride and has elaborate special effects to showcase some of those infamous frozen fractals all around. There will even be a scene with Marshmallow and his Snowgie pals that led guests into the final scene where fireworks and our Frozen friends say goodbye as you leave Arendelle and return to the Norway Pavilion.
There are many who aren’t thrilled with the “Frozen” expansion in the Norway Pavilion. Guests should expect some new designs to come to the rest of the Pavilion soon! There will be a expansion coming with unique architectural designs of the “Royal Sommerhus” where guests will meet Elsa and Anna in the coming months as well.
Do you love Frozen? Are you looking forward to this “Reimagination” of Maelstrom? Tell us what you think!