Walt Disney World is preparing to debut the first-ever attraction built based on Disney’s animated blockbuster, “Frozen.” And to whet guests’ appetites for this wet ride – Frozen Ever After being a flume ride – Disney released some details and behind-the-scenes construction video of the new attraction on April 19.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Tuesday’s media preview for the new “Frozen” attraction didn’t provide up-close access to the ride. It did provide a behind-the-construction walls briefing as to the attraction’s focus, however, as well as a look at some details for the meet-and-greet area for royal siblings Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.
Frozen Ever After may be located in the Norway pavilion of Epcot. But the attraction, as well its accompanying meet-and-greet area, is set in the film’s fictional Arendelle – itself said to be inspired by the natural beauty, architecture and culture of Norway.
The family-friendly attraction features a loose narrative set after the events that took place on the movie screen, what Disney refers to as a “Summer Snow Day.”
Frozen Ever After will feature Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, trolls and Marshmallow during a boat journey that will move through the frozen willow forest, past Troll Valley and up to the North Mountain to Elsa’s ice palace. Guests will be able to experience Elsa’s ice magic on the attraction.
In addition, the film’s Oscar-winning composers Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have created new lyrics to the well-known “Frozen” songs for the Epcot attraction. Those with keen ears will appreciate the movie’s original voice talent recorded dialogue and songs for the attraction.
Near the ride will be a “Frozen” meet-and-greet called Royal Sommerhus. Local media and bloggers, including Inside the Magic, were present to see some of the work behind the construction walls at Epcot and speak with Disney Imagineers.
“This is the cabin where Anna and Elsa went to retreat with their family over the summer,” said Lauren Niederhiser, Assistant Project Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Guests can expect to be immersed in the world of Anna and Elsa, but also be immersed in a rural Norwegian architectural style.”
In keeping pavilion’s loose theming, Royal Sommerhus is modeled after a real, traditional cabin in Trondheim. WDI traveled to Norway in order to research the country’s architecture, décor and artifacts, and the meet-and-greet area reflects that experience.
Frozen Ever After replaces Maelstrom, the boat ride previously located in the same footprint in the Norway pavilion. That attraction was permanently closed in October 2014. The “Frozen” attraction will nod to its predecessor in at least one way – two rune rocks are part of the stone archway that welcomes guests to the kingdom of Arendelle.
Still under construction, Frozen Ever After will open summer 2016. Disney has not yet announced an official opening date, saying only that it will open in June.