Some Dos and Don’ts of Frozen Summer Fun

| July 8, 2014 | 6 Replies

Unless you’ve been living in Siberia, you know that Disney’s film, Frozen, has taken the world by snowstorm. For this reason, it’s not shocking that Disney has created an event around the popularity of the story.

Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s event, Frozen Summer Fun, began running on July 6 and will continue to run daily (with the exception of August 23) until September 1. It really is a cute event, allowing the park to keep its identity while accenting it with some winter fun in the dead of summer.

As with all things, some aspects of Frozen Summer Fun are worthwhile. . . others not so much. So to provide perspective and help navigate the event, it might be good to go over a few dos and don’ts.

Waiting for Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome

Waiting for Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome

DON’T wait an excessive amount of time for Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome. This is not the Festival of Fantasy Parade and does not necessitate staking out a spot an hour ahead of time. In fact, if you miss the parade entirely, you won’t be missing much.

The parade is mildly amusing with choreographed “skiers” and “ice skaters,” but it still has a “filler” feel to it.  Also, the show that happens on stage directly after doesn’t offer anything entertainment-wise that can’t be found elsewhere in the park. Your time might be better spent on an attraction or heading to the Streets of America for a ticket to an early seating of the Sing-Along Celebration.

DON’T wait an excessive amount of time for Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. If you are expecting something akin to Darth’s Mall of Star Wars Weekends fame, you have set your expectations much too high.

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post

Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post

The temporary merchandise store is themed well. A smell of pine trees lightly scents the air, and the ambiance of a ski lodge is a nice touch to the shopping area. Beyond that, though, there isn’t much that grabs you. The merchandise is undoubtedly cute, but not much of it is unique. So please understand me when I say that it’s worth taking the time to go in. It’s just not worth taking a whole lot of time. Know the difference.

DON’T spend money on the Frozen Fun Summer Premium Package. This package costs $59 for adults and $34 for children. It includes reserved viewing for the parade, reserved seating for the Sing-Along Celebration, and a dessert party during the fireworks show.

As previously mentioned, it’s debatable whether the parade is worth your time even with reserved viewing. The Sing-Along certainly is fun, but getting in line for this event early enough can secure you adequate seats. And while desserts and beverages are great, they aren’t necessary to enjoy the fireworks show. In fact, the dessert area is pushed to the side of Hollywood Boulevard, whereas prime viewing for the explosives is much further back in the center of the street.

Olaf-On-A-Stick

Olaf-On-A-Stick

DO grab a “take-along Olaf” stick and pose with him in pictures all day long. Much like the Kidcot Duffy, Disney provides you with Olaf-On-A-Stick and encourages you to take pictures with him throughout the park. If you share your pictures via social media platforms using #OlafSummerVacation, one of them might appear during the Fireworks Spectacular show.

As ridiculous as it sounds, this ongoing activity brought so much amusement throughout the day. Olaf joined me in a picture while waiting for the parade. He put on glasses with me during the 3D preview of Guardians of the Galaxy. He rode in my backpack in the rain, and he even photobombed my picture during the Sing-Along. All of these moments were captured and posted via Instagram, and–sure enough– one of those puppies made it onto the big screen during the Fireworks Spectacular show. That was pretty stinking cool (pun intended).

DO attend the For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration. In this show, the abridged story of Anna and Elsa is told rather comically by some town folk. The story-telling is moved along with clips from the film and the lyrically-directed soundtrack.

As childish as it sounds, any fan of the soundtrack will LOVE this.  The cast is entertaining. The set is impressive for a temporary show. The film clips deliver the movie’s appeal, and a couple minor special affects add an element of surprise. But nothing tops the feeling of singing with abandon along with hundreds of others. Even though you are in a room full of strangers, in those moments, you do feel connected.

Wandering Oaken's Frozen Funland

Wandering Oaken’s Frozen Funland

DO take time to visit Wandering Oaken’s Frozen Funland. It’s a small room that packs a pretty good punch. In addition to finding “Frozen”-themed desserts and beverages, the highlights are an ice-skating rink and a playground full of snow.

Even though I didn’t ice-skate, I enjoyed watching many other families slide on the ice. And—to my surprise—every hour professional ice skaters took to the floor for a choreographed number. This coupled with a snow playground where I saw families actually building miniature snowmen made me want warm hugs. Good thing I had my Olaf-On-A-Stick with me.

DO stake out a good spot for the “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular. More than anything else at the event, this impresses. The fireworks are synchronized to many of the film’s songs in a truly inspired way. Below, there is also activity taking place on a stage.

The stage seems far off when you are placed in the back near the entrance to the park. Being that far back is great for viewing the fireworks, but you miss the half of the show that is happening on the stage at the other end of the street. However, for this event, the planners found a way to expand what could be considered a good viewing area. A jumbo screen has been placed at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. This enables guests that are unable to see the stage to at least watch what is happening via a jumbotron. They have also chosen to utilize the American Idol Experience screen for the same purpose. This makes it much easier to find a satisfying spot for the fireworks show, but make sure you pick out your spot far ahead of schedule. The street gets crowded, and rightfully so.



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  • AliceMouse

    Thanks JeniLynn! This is just what I needed for our upcoming trip.

  • Philip Schoen

    This was really helpful as we are debating how to adjust our previously scheduled plans for our DHS day. Knowing that missing the parade isn’t the end-all helps a lot!

  • Bill Abrams

    Great mini-guide. Thank you!

  • dunc7827

    i’m not going till Sept 20th so will miss this. your article and instagram pics made up for it though

    • Amy g

      Announced today- it’s extended through 9/28- fireworks only on weekends :)

  • Kathy Cunningham-Kw

    We were able to attend the Frozen Summer at DHS on Sunday and bought the Premium Package thanks to a tip from Nicole. The premium package includes reserved seating right in front of the stage. My daughter and I were lucky enough to be asked to march in the parade upon entering the park by a cast member. We were able to go backstage and meet Anna and Elsa and we were right behind them during the parade! It was a great experience! My husband was in the reserved viewing spot that came with the premium package. He had a great view of the stage and parade. Anna and Elsa do come up on stage as part of the parade and led the crowd in singing, “Let It Go.” It was one of our favorite parts of the day. After, we made time to go to Wandering Oaken’s. We were able to reserve ice skating time for later in the day as the very next session was unavailable. Sessions are 30 minutes long and begin on the half hour. We also watched Oaken’s children perform the ice skating show. It was about fifteen minutes long and very entertaining. Ice skating at Disney was a fun and new experience and they even has photo pass people out on the ice. We also waited on line about fifteen minutes to play in the snow (which was real). My seven year old had a blast building mini snowmen! After, we stopped by the store and found some new items we had not seen at Magic Kingdom including a reversible Anna/Elsa stuffed doll, an Elsa shirt with a cape and Anna and Elsa costumes. I should mention, however, that the Elsa dress was the Disney Store version, but they were selling it for $15 more!!! As part of the premium package, we were also given our choice of show times for the sing along. The premium package allowed us to sit in the second row center right behind handicap seating. You couldn’t get better seats! I appreciated not having to rush over to get tickets or stand in a long line in the heat to get good seats. These were two big advantages for us of the premium package. Finally, we had a reserved space right in front of the stage for the DJ/band dance party and fireworks and stage show. There was a dessert party that included all sorts of sweets and ice cream and free drinks including mixed drinks. The iced summer drink was delicious! I would recommend getting a table on the aisle but further back from the stage for excellent views of the show and fireworks. Overall, it was our favorite experience of our trip. If the premium package is in your budget, I’d definitely recommend it. It took the hassle and worry out of the Frozen experience. However you choose to experience Frozen Summer at DHS, it will be a great time for your entire family!!!