Frozen attraction coming to Norway pavilion at Epcot

Posted Monday, September 15, 2014 8:33 AM | Contributed by LostKause

From the Disney Parks Blog:

We’ve made “Frozen” a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests 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 where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.

“Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

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Monday, September 15, 2014 1:42 PM

Interesting take from one of the guys at Theme Park University.

Monday, September 15, 2014 1:49 PM

Just read the TPU thing from FB before coming here - agreed, very interesting take on the "characterization" of the EPCOT countries...

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:06 PM

That was awesome. A real kick in the nuts of pin-trading Disney nerds everywhere. I'm convinced they're less fun than the worst coaster enthusiasts.

I can understand being sentimental about a lot of things, but Maelstrom? We did it once after getting annual passes, and haven't been back since. We've been on that awful Mexican stereotyping boat ride more often.

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:30 PM

I remember Disney characters at EPCOT World Showcase. It seems to me that it might've been pre-1984 Eisner era, but I could be wrong. Mickey was a fez wearing Moroccan, Minnie was a Japanese geisha, Chip n Dale were Chinese coolies (for lack of a better, non-derogatory word), Goofy was a kilted, bagpipe playing Scot, Donald had a huge sombrero in Mexico, and Daisy was the German frauline. In Future World Mickey and friends donned space suits, diving helmets, farm overalls, and more.
Later, movie character meet and greets became common, and they're all over the park now.

We had a lengthy discussion about this very thing a few months ago and I came down on the side of the detractors mentioned in the article. Upon further thought though, I've come to the belief that's it's all good and Frozen is here to stay. Largest money making animated show ever? And how many billions of dollars so far? Hell yes, c'mon in.

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:51 PM

The Princess breakfast was the first thing that came to mind, the first time I read someone bemoaning the "Frozen-ing" of Norway -- the Frozen characters are a whole lot closer to home in Norway than Snow White.

During the Paramount years, I was at Kings Island and they had Romulans wondering around Rivertown, which bothered me. Romulans? Rivertown? Made no sense.

It's about the willing suspension of disbelief. I can accept Snow White at breakfast in Norway, Elsa, Anna and Olaf "taking over" Maelstrom; these are fairy tale characters, so while Snow may not live in Norway, I can buy into her visiting Norway.

A Star Wars character breakfast in Norway? A Spider-Man breakfast in France? Not so much. I can't suspend my disbelief enough to buy into that, just as I couldn't it with Romulans in Rivertown.

Last edited by slithernoggin, Monday, September 15, 2014 2:53 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:25 AM

32% of Norway is tundra. So if the Star Wars characters show up in Norway, their just reminiscing about the days on Hoth.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:17 AM

I doubt you'll ever see Romulans in a Disney park since they're owned by Paramount & CBS ;-).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:16 PM

Star Trek is owned by Paramount. CBS was spun off from parent company Viacom in 2006. CBS Corp's Pocket Books division does publish the Star Trek books under a license. Sorry. I'm fascinated by corporate minutiae like this.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:17 PM

Yeah? Well here's another... SeaWorld was once owned by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (HBJ), the book publisher. It eventually was sold to Anheuser-Busch, which later merged with InBev. InBev sold it to private equity firm Blackstone and relocated the corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Orlando. Blackstone took it public while owning a controlling stake, and they moved into a building on John Young. Concurrently, HBJ eventually changed names and went through various mergers. Concurrently to that, Vivendi bought a different publisher, Houghton Mifflin, while owning NBCUniversal, including the theme parks. Vivendi sold the publisher and the parks to Blackstone, who eventually sold NBCUniversal to GE. Then Riverdeep acquired Houghton Mifflin, and that company eventually bought the educational division of HBJ, and settled on a new name: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

And guess what? HMH has office space in the same building as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Did that blow your mind?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:26 PM

All I could think through that whole Six Degrees of Corporate Kevin Bacon was:

"There is something you should know about us, Lone Starr..."


"I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate..."

"What's that make us?"

"Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become!"

Last edited by ShaneDenmark, Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:27 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:58 PM

NBCUni ended up as part of Comcast, which wants to merge with Time Warner Cable, which no longer has anything to do with Time Warner aside from the name.

The same office building?!? Cool.


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