The Scoop on Disney’s New 'Frozen' Experience at Epcot
It’ll all but transport you to Arendelle.
When Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and the rest of the crew from the beloved animated classic land at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion later this summer, it’s going to be Frozen fever all over again. Details on the decor, the meet-and-greets, and even the Frozen boat ride have been minimal so far, but after a behind-the-scenes tour we recently took, it looks like it’s worth getting excited about.
No matter when your next trip to Walt Disney World is, you’re bound to get the best of “winter-in-summer” with all of these changes:
You’ll get to enter the sisters’ home—though it’s not the castle.
The new Elsa and Anna Royal Reception Hall meet-and-greet is housed within Royal Summerhus, a red windowed cabin modeled after an authentic one Imagineers found in Trondheim, Norway. It was here, as the story goes, that Anna and Elsa formerly vacationed as a family; now, they’ve returned to their summer home after the events of the movie sparked their reinvigorated bond. The queue will be filled with artifacts from Norway and from the girls’ childhood, too, highlighting the time in their lives when their family was complete.
This environment is rural. Really rural.
While the pre-existing half of Epcot’s Norway Pavilion features architecture more reminiscent of a city like Bergen, the new extension adds a true small-town counterpart. Visitors pass through a small, well-like covering to reach the restrooms, stroller parking is surrounded by etched blocks of stone, and hand-splattered dirt covers the large rock formations.
Even the souvenir shop gets the details right
And with a name like The Wandering Reindeer, it’s already prepped to be a destination. Modeled after a traditional Norwegian garage, it’s set to be stacked with your traditional fare (autograph books and plush dolls, we’re assuming) but also the sisters’ “fun summer things” they’d naturally tuck away in a royal storage space. There are even some reindeer tracks throughout the pavement out front, and some antlers above buildings nearby, adding to the display.
The Frozen Ever After ride will make you feel you're in the movie...
Though details are tough to come across, we did find out that the boat journey will begin in Arendelle and take guests through the frozen willow forest and past Troll Valley to a Winter in Summer celebration that has Elsa welcoming everyone to her ice palace on the North Mountain. All the original cast came back to voice the attraction, and the musical team behind the omnipresent soundtrack even altered lyrics for some of the famed songs, making them specific and special to this ride.
...and this boat journey may go backwards, too
Frozen Ever After is created out of a former attraction called Maelstrom, which famously saw guests go forwards and backwards during the boat journey. Though it’s promised to have some unexpected twists, the Frozen version is said to only be changed “slightly” from this one, which means something is most likely going to make that boat go in a different direction. (And we’re betting it’ll be Olaf’s fault!)