Walt Disney Animation’s 53rd animated feature Frozen, which arrives in theaters later this month on November 27th just in time for the holiday season, has been integrated heavily into both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park. Frozen tells the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, who are princesses of a Scandinavian-inspired land called Arendelle. While Anna is carefree and free-spirited, her sister Elsa is burdened with a hidden magical power. Both princesses and a few of their friends, including the lovable snowman Olaf, have been brought into unique experiences in both parks.
Anna and Elsa Meet & Greets
Just like Disney has done in the past with Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, Anna and Elsa have beautifully themed meet and greet locations within the parks allowing guests to take photos and get autographs from the newest Disney characters.
At Walt Disney World an immersive meet and greet experience has opened at Epcot’s Norway pavilion, connecting to the Scandinavian culture of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle which is the home of Anna and Elsa in the film. Guests can visit the princess sisters in a themed room with artwork and design details featured in the film. In addition to the meet and greet at the pavilion, the Stave church will also be receiving an overhaul to update some of the existing artifacts and information about the vikings and Norway.
Guests at Disneyland Park in California can meet Anna and Elsa in Fantasyland, in a section made specifically for their meet and greet next to Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. One of the coolest features of this new area is the sleeping Olaf, the snowman sidekick from Frozen on the rooftop of the meet and greet. Olaf is sure to become a fan favorite so him being included is perfect.
“World of Color – Winter Dreams”
One of the biggest Frozen additions to the theme parks is “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” a brand new version of the Disney California Adventure fan-favorite “World of Color.” The show is only similar to the original in that it completely takes over Paradise Pier with water screens, fountains, and lights, however the story of the show is completely new and unbelievably well done. “World of Color – Winter Dreams” is hosted by the hilarious snowman from Frozen, Olaf, and his signature humor and charm is translated perfectly for the nighttime show from the film.
Olaf is present throughout the entire show offering funny introductions to the different segments of the thirty-minute long show. He even has his own musical number called “In Summer” which is taken from one of the funniest parts of Frozen. Elsa also has a starring role in “World of Color – Winter Dreams” when she sings “Let It Go,” the signature ballad in the film. Sung by Broadway star Idina Menzel, this stunning song fits seamlessly into the show and is accentuated perfectly with dramatic lighting effects and dancing fountains. Elsa’s song is without a doubt a standout moment of the show which is altogether great. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Frozen featured in “World of Color – Winter Dreams” for a very long time, in some form or another.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
With the release of Frozen, Disney has released new princess dresses featuring the wardrobes of both Anna and Elsa which can be purchased at the Disney Store and also at Disney merchandise locations at the parks. If guests are looking for a more immersive experience including clothes, accessories, makeup and hair, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is offering a Frozen package in either Anna or Elsa wigs and dresses. The packages are available until January 3rd, or while supplies last and are offered at both Walt Disney World locations and the Fantasyland location at Disneyland Park in California.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Animation Exhibit
Whenever a new animated feature is released from Walt Disney Animation, the exhibit inside the Magic of Disney Animaion building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is updated to showcase artwork, moquettes, and other items related to the development of the film. Currently the exhibits show a lot of concept artwork featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf and other character models, as well as landscapes of Arendelle and the castle where the sisters grew up. Typically the exhibit is accessed as the exit to the drawing academy, but if you simply want to visit the artwork, it’s possible to ask a cast member and walk through the exit.
“Celebrate The Magic” Castle Projection Show
A new sequence featuring scenes and characters from “Frozen” is being added to the nightly castle projection show at Magic Kingdom, “Celebrate The Magic.‘ It was meant to debut earlier in the season, but its release was moved to November 17th. I think that it was due to the fact that the “World of Color – Winter Dreams” had just debuted and they wanted to wait until after that to update “Celebrate The Magic.” That, or they were still just working on it. Either way, it is a nice addition to the show and I think will go along nicely with the new holiday ending.
Frozen is set to hit theaters on November 27th in both standard projection and 3D. We’ll have our review of the film here at The DIS Blog soon, so be sure to keep an eye out in the next few days. Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for all the latest in Disney theme park news and entertainment!
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