Update on Today’s Grand Opening of Frozen Ever After at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot today from our friends at Theme Park Insider.
Fans pack Epcot for Disney World’s Frozen Ever After
Frozen Ever After opened to the public at Walt Disney World’s Epcot this morning, as thousands of fans pushed wait times to four hours and beyond.
Disney tried to alleviate the discomfort of the long wait in the Central Florida sun with free water for guests. And fans who endured the epic queue around the World Showcase lagoon into the Norway pavilion found a clever reskinning of the old Maelstrom ride. Frozen Ever After doesn’t introduce any new narratives into the Frozen canon, as Disney’s Imagineers opted instead to deliver familiar musical quotes from the Academy Award-winning animated hit instead.
Disney’s used the animatronic technology it employed on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to create finely animated animatronic characters throughout the ride, including Olaf, Anna, and in the big climax, Elsa singing “Let it Go.” (If you remember Maelstrom, that comes at the moment when your boat reverses direction and falls backward into the first drop on the ride.)
Here’s a fan POV video:
Disney cancelled its planned press preview for Frozen Ever After, as local parks cut back on press events following the Pulse nightclub shooting last week, so today was the first opportunity for anyone outside the company to see the new ride.
UPDATE From Destinations With Character Travel:
Around 11:00 AM Florida time, guests were reporting that the Frozen Ever After was closed for technical difficulties. They were being told it would be at least one hour before the attraction opened back up.
Ride was reset and back up and running about 90 minutes later.
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