Frozen Ever After
Disney has finally announced the name of the upcoming Frozen ride in the Norway pavilion in Epcot. Frozen Ever After is the name of the ride, and it’s guaranteed to be one of the most popular rides in all of Disney World. In this article, we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news on this ride, and also give you our thoughts on how you’ll need to plan for this coming attraction.
Disney’s official announcement today had some interesting nuggets. First, obviously, was the name, Frozen Ever After. As for the ride, it will take place in Arendelle. Basically, it will be a trip through the kingdom. Some of the sites will be the Ice Palace, the North Mountain, and of course the Bay of Arendelle.
Most of the favorite characters will be there, including the Snowgies from the animated short, Frozen Fever. Also announced was that the exterior of the Norway Pavilion will be expanded to provide a better location for an Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet.
Obviously, the big question is when it will open. All we really know right now is that it will open in 2016. We will keep you updated as we get more information.
Admittedly, right now we are guessing when we try to give tips. But we have a pretty good idea of what crowd behavior will be like, based on two things.
- Insane Crowd Levels at the Mine Train, the most recent new addition
- COMPLETELY INSANE crowd levels for the Anna/Elsa Meet and Greet
Now obviously crowd levels won’t approach the meet-and-greet crowd levels, because rides will always move faster than slow meet and greets, as each parent wants to maximize their time in front of the characters, (especially after waiting in line for 3-5 hours)
But crowd levels will be crazy. Between this ride, and the Anna/Elsa Meet-n-Greet, Norway is going to be a madhouse.
The only question we have right now is what Disney will do with the Fastpass groups in Epcot. Currently, Soarin and Test Track share a Group A fastpass. Group B in Epcot is horrific. Hopefully, Disney will do us all a favor and drop Test Track to group B. It’s highly likely that Soarin and Frozen Ever After will be Group A. Of course if the meet and greet is coming back to Epcot, that will be another Fastpass as well. Will Disney make this a Group A or B?
Right now it’s all conjecture, but at this point, we’d plan to use our Fastpass on Frozen, get to the gates 30 minutes early, and head straight to Soarin.
Likely, this change is going to make Akerhaus reservations even tougher to get. Will Anna/Elsa be in Akerhaus too? We’ll see.
This ride was sorely needed in Epcot. Frozen is SO popular, that this should help bring more guests to Epcot, and even things out just a little bit. It should also make the Fastpass system in Epcot, much more enjoyable, assuming they drop one of their nice attractions to Group B.
What are your thoughts on this announcement and on this new ride?