of Anna, Elsa and Olaf appear throughout in Frozen
Ever After, a new attraction in Epcot at Walt Disney
Fla.óWalt Disney World has hit the sweet spot with its
new Epcot ride, Frozen Ever After. Itís a winner,
naturally, with the little-princess demographic. But the
ride also sports creative technical finesse that soccer
moms and dads can appreciate.
attraction ó built in the parkís Norway pavilion,
where the Maelstrom ride operated until 2014 ó features
animatronics of Anna and Elsa, the filmís royal sisters.
Their faces are clean, crisp-looking and perfectly
animated. Disney fans have seen this look on gem-mining
workers at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in Magic
the snowman with an unhealthy attachment to summer, is
more traditionally constructed. He makes repeated
appearances but not so much as to cause brain freeze in
Imagineers really shine in Frozen Ever After is the
coordination of sight, sound and movement. The backward
drop, a Maelstrom leftover, with Queen Elsa belting out
"Let It Go" made me feel like I was a part of
her beloved Arendelle.
delays marred opening day recently. After about two hours
of steady-ish operation, a series of stoppages made long
lines even longer. At one point, the queue extended out of
the Norway pavilion, ran past the China pavilion and over
the bridge to the Outpost area before looping back into
China. Posted wait times reached 300 minutes.
one hand, wow, thatís too much time in the Florida heat.
On the other hand, I would hate to float through Ever
After and not see that Elsa effect.
the queue, itís a Summer Snow Day, according to the rideís
back story. The buildingís interior is quaint but stony.
Itís a bit dark in there. Those in the standby line
meander through a small cabin thatís a sauna. Donít
worry, standby people, you get to stay in the sauna. But
there is the only real piece of entertainment in the
queue: a series of video gags by Oaken through a
lead-up to boarding the boats features instrumental
versions of the filmís soundtrack. That elicits
impromptu sing-alongs from visitors, including dads who
may have experienced the DVD repeatedly. Little princesses
may have rolled their eyes.
from the Maelstrom days is the hole in the wall where
outsiders could see the boats in motion and the
end-of-ride theater, which showed a film about Norway.
ride now exits through a gift shop, and itís next to a
new meet-and-greet building where visitors can pose with
our "Frozen" heroines. Frozen Ever After is the
final major addition to Disney World parks this summer.
Other newbies include a stage show at Magic Kingdom, an
end-of-night "Star Wars" extravaganza at
Hollywood Studios and a slew of after-dark activities at