It was only a matter of time. Frozen, one of Disney Animation’s most popular films ever, has had a growing presence across various Disney Parks. There are meet-and-greets with Anna and Elsa (which are often accompanied by huge lines), floats inspired by the film have made their way into daily parades, and Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is currently in the midst of presenting a variety of Frozen-themed entertainment, capped off by a fireworks display set to music from the film. The biggest addition is still to come, at neighboring Epcot, where the world’s first Frozen ride will make its debut!
Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, took to the Disney Parks Blog to confirm what has long been rumored – that construction is beginning on a Frozen attraction located in the Norway Pavilion inside the park’s World Showcase section. The ride will replace Maelstrom, which took guests on a boat ride through Norwegian culture, both historical and mythological.
The description as provided by Staggs is below:
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.
Staggs did not provide a timeline for when we can expect to see the attraction completed, or even when Maelstrom will close. It would be best to enjoy Maelstrom as soon as you can if you are hoping to experience one last ride through. We also do not have any further details on the nature of the Frozen attraction. Will Maelstrom simply be re-themed to Frozen, or will the upcoming attraction be entirely brand new? We will have to wait and see.