Friday, September 12, 2014

Tom Staggs Announces Frozen Attraction Coming To Epcot , Norway Pavilion Maelstrom Ride Will Close October 5

It's official, Tom Staggs announced today that a Frozen attraction is coming to Epcot, and as the rumor said it, it will be in the Norway pavilion, the Maelstrom attraction will close October 5. Here is the full statement of Tom Staggs from The Disney Parks Blog, and Tom also announced more about Frozen:

"When Walt Disney promised that Disneyland would never be completed, so long as there is imagination left in the world, he made a promise to our guests that we take seriously at all our locations around the world. This year, one particular product of imagination — Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit “Frozen” — captured the hearts and minds of people around the world and gave us a new opportunity to make good on Walt’s pledge.
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.”

We’re extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!).
From the moment we screened the film several months before its release, we were inspired by the possibility of bringing this great story to life for our guests. Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! has been extremely popular, and now we’re looking forward to doing even more to allow our guests to experience the “Frozen” phenomenon."

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Marco Antonio Garcia said...

I don't think that a frozen attraction fits the theme of World Showcase, the story is not even set in Norway, not that I care much about EPCOT, for me it's the worst Disney theme park concept, but I'm against Disney putting characters everywhere, including where they weren't supposed to be...

Plague said...

Yeah, this smacks of money grabbing- "we have to put the characters somewhere"!

Maybe, but this wasn't it.

Tom said...

Well, I think Maelstrom is not very memorable, I am not sad to see it go, as Frozen is amazing and if they take the time and money for it, it may be a very nice attraction.

BUT: what about placing it in Epcot? This park is the most "adult oriented" of all 4 parks and I think placing an attraction aimed at families and children will be out of place. What will the children do there after they visited this attraction? There is not very much to do for the whole family including small children.
I think this may be a cause of complaints, but we'll see.

RowRow said...

Times are changing and Epcot isn't immune to it. Our family enjoyed EPCOT the last 2 times we were in Orlando. It captures a different kind of imagination.