As many of you already know, Imagineers at Walt Disney World are deep in the process of constructing a new attraction at the Norway pavilion in Epcot. Themed around the animated mega-blockbuster Frozen, the new attraction has officially been named “Frozen Ever After.”
The new attraction replaces the Maelstrom ride which has been operating at Epcot for twenty-seven years. It is scheduled to open in 2016.
“What we try to do is take you back to the movie without retelling that story,” said Imagineering creative executive Kathy Mangum.” “This is a celebration of the characters, a way for guests who love the film to experience it in a completely different way.”
To accomplish this, the old Maelstrom ride has been completely gutted. The float path and logs of the old ride will remain, but all other aspects are scheduled to take on the Frozen make-over.
The queue for the four-minute ride will begin in Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. As they set foot in, they will begin the journey to Arendelle’s winter festival which takes place in the summer.
As guests board the logs and begin their ride, they will meet Olaf the snowman and Sven, the reindeer. Grandpappy Troll is up next in a re-creation of Troll Valley where he will be seen telling a group of young ones the story of how Anna and Kristof met.
Guests then ride up a ramp and will see Olaf singing and ice-skating by Anna and Kristof. Elsa is up next on the balcony of her ice castle, singing “Let It Go,” complete with simulated ice crystals.
Marshmallow, and his miniature Snowgie pals, are featured in the next scene before guests ride into the finale. There, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristof are seen waving as fireworks go off over head.
As mentioned, “Frozen Ever After” will open next year.