Disney fans whose hearts still warm to “Frozen” will be able to experience their favorite characters at various Walt Disney World Resort locations this summer, and maybe even receive a warm hug from their favorite snowman. “Frozen” characters will appear at Blizzard Beach, announced Disney on March 2, as well as at Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Blizzard Beach, one of Walt Disney World’s two water parks, will enjoy some “Frozen” fun and games. Officially. The park will be host to what the inaugural Frozen Games this summer, experiences that provide guests with the opportunity for some friendly competition.
Frozen Games, according to Disney’s storyline for the experience, is the brainchild of the Winter Games Committee after a freak snowstorm hits Central Florida. The weather inspires an impromptu sporting event, with the film’s Kristoff and Olaf leading teams of Disney guests in a day of “Frozen” activities. Guests can join “Team Kristoff” or “Team Olaf” to take advantage of the activities, which will include Ice Pail Relays, a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races.
Guests should note Olaf and Kristoff will join the Winter Games Committee members for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies rather than the games themselves. The characters will also provide updates throughout the Frozen Games, reporting on their team’s achievements.
At Epcot, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, and their cinematic co-stars, will be showcased at the Norway pavilion in the World Showcase. The pavilion’s new Frozen Ever After ride, in the location where Maelstrom used to operate, this summer. Frozen Ever After will take guests to the kingdom of Arendelle, featuring several elements familiar to movie-goers: a “Summer Snow Day,” a visit to the ice palace, and some of the movie’s music as well as some new lyrics by Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson. According to Disney, the ride will feature “most advanced Audio-Animatronics to date.”
The Norway pavilion will also feature a meet-and-greet with Anna and Elsa. Called the Royal Sommerhus, this location is modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin. No opening date for either Frozen Ever After or Royal Summerhus has been announced.
The stave church gallery continues its exhibit showcasing how the culture, history and aesthetics of Norway inspired the filmmakers of “Frozen.”
Magic Kingdom will debut Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, a new show at the Cinderella Castle Stage. Both Anna and Elsa will appear along with other modern Disney characters: Tiana of “Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel of “Tangled.” They join classic Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers: Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy and Goofy . The show incorporates music, dance fireworks, stunts and special effects. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire debuts in June.
Queen Elsa and Princess Anna will continue to appear in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade, along with other royalty, as part of the Princess Garden unit.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will put Olaf into the Celebrity Spotlight, literally the name of a new meet-and-greet around the park’s Echo Lake. Disney describes the experience as presenting Disney characters living out their Hollywood dreams. In keeping Olaf’s personality, spotlighted in his “In Summer” song and daydream, Olaf will interact with Disney guests against a beach backdrop. Celebrity Spotlight is slated to start in spring 2016, specific start date yet to be announced, and Olaf is expected to appear “for the foreseeable future.”
The theme park also continues daily performances of “For the First in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.” This re-telling of the movie features storytelling – comedic and dramatic – by two royal historians of Arendelle. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff appear during the 30-minute performances. As its title suggests, the show emphasizes some of the film’s well-known songs and encourages guests to sing out loud. Each 30-minute performance includes some magical effects inside the theater.