Well, we all knew it was just a matter of time before it would be officially announced, and today on the Disney Parks Blog Tom Staggs confirmed the rumor we’d been hearing for almost a year: Frozen is taking over Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. A brand new Frozen-themed attraction will take guests to Arendelle, where they will be included in their favorite scenes from the movie. Of course, the music from the film will also play a large role in the attraction. Maelstrom’s last day of operation should be Sunday, October 5, 2014, and the new attraction is expected to be complete by early 2016.
In addition, a meet and greet opportunity will be added back to the Norway Pavilion, so – unless things change at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom – guests will have an additional location to meet both Anna and Elsa.
Over at the Magic Kingdom, during the Holiday Season Elsa will take over the Cinderella Castle Holiday Lighting Show (which previously had The Fairy Godmother as the host of the show, called Cinderella’s Holiday Wish). Elsa will use her wonderful powers to transform the castle into an icy wonderland during the nightly show, which will begin on November 5. For those looking for more Frozen excitement, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party guests will be able to catch Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and – yes – even Olaf, who will all appear in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
Finally, a few Frozen Summer Fun Events will continue past September 28 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For The First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will continue, and guests will still be able to stop by Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, which will be moved to a new location closer to the sing-along and will feature a larger play area featuring real snow.
Whew! That’s a lot of news right there! What are your thoughts on these developments? Are you excited or sad to see Maelstrom go? I will of course make sure to keep you posted as more information gets released.