As most of us already know, you don't have to be a 2 year old girl to be obsessed with Frozen. Toddlers and full-grown adults alike have grown to love the Disney mega-hit, and both groups will soon have the chance to take a log-ride through their favorite fictional kingdom on the new Frozen -inspired ride, "Frozen Ever After," at Disney World's Epcot Center. The ride will feature basically all of the main characters from the movie in all-new situations, and offer a full blown tour of Arendelle as the kingdom celebrates its winter festival.
Imagineering creative executive Kathy Mangum gave a sneak peak of the ride to The Wall Street Journal, walking them through nearly every aspect of the four-minute attraction. “What we try to do is take you back to the movie without retelling that story,” Ms. Mangum said of the "Frozen Ever After" premise. “This is a celebration of the characters, a way for guests who love the film to experience it in a completely different way.”
"Frozen Ever After" will replace the 27-year-old Maelstrom ride that previously resided at Epcot's Norway pavilion. Arendelle will be the first fictional location on display at Epcot, whose attractions have historically been intended to offer a taste of real live countries and cultures. Former chief operating officer for the theme park, Tom Staggs, doesn't see a conflict, arguing that the film is heavily based on Scandivian mythology and culture.
“If the goal is to give people a taste of something like Scandinavia with the Norway pavilion, then ‘Frozen’ would only increase the extent to which people would be drawn to it,” said Staggs. “To me it doesn’t seem out-of-character at all.”
Something tells me that Frozen fanatics (aka everyone in the world) won't be bothered by the sudden conflict in Epcot's mission statement. We've got bigger concerns. Will Anna and Kristoff make out? Will Olaf melt? Will Elsa sing "Let It Go?" Here's everything you need to know about Disney's new ride, "Frozen Ever After."
There Are No New Songs, But...
...there are "new lyrics to existing melodies." So, the same songs with new lyrics?
The Animatronics Are Using A Brand New Technology
The "cutting edge" technique projects character faces from behind, allowing for uber realistic facial movements.
Wandering Oaken's Trading Post Makes An Appearance
While waiting in line, guests will walk past the trading post that Kristoff visits in the movie. Periodically, the merchant with the super-thick accent will wipe frost off the window and utter his catch phrase, "Yoo-hoo!"
Once On The Ride, Olaf And Sven Are The First Characters You See
The narrative starts with the talking snowman and hyper-intelligent reindeer setting up for the winter festival; hijinks ensue. Next, it's on to...
Here, everyone's favorite magical rock trolls are gathered around Pabbie as he tells the story of how Anna and Kristoff met (presumably for the 2 percent of park attendees who haven't seen the movie).
Anna and Kristoff Ice Skate While Olaf Sings
Now that everyone knows the story behind the central romantic relationship of the ride, guests get to see the lovebirds ice skating and canoodling as Olaf seranades them with a song.
Elsa DOES Sing "Let It Go"
What would "Frozen Ever After" be without the song that made the movie iconic? Disney knows what the people want and they're going to give it to them. I don't know about you, but I'll be first in line to ride this ride as soon as it's ready.
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