Saturday 29 November 2014

Experiencing Frozen at Disney World Resort in Florida

We're pretty big fans of the Disney film Frozen in this house. The soundtrack is playing in the car almost constantly, most weekends the film is on at some point, and Mia can be found fairly frequently running about the house, knocking on doors and asking us if we want to build a snowman. So on our recent visit to Disney World in Florida I was keen to see just how much Frozen we could find in the parks. 

Plenty as it turned out! The main new Frozen attractions are found at Hollywood Studios. Here you can find the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration show.

Frozen singalong show, Orlando, Florida

The show takes place in an enclosed theatre. After a brief introduction by Anna, the show is led by two Arendelle citizens that retell the Frozen story with breaks for the songs. The central screen on the stage plays the clip from the movie along with the lyrics, with extra screens to the side also displaying the lyrics, and the audience all sang along enthusiastically. 

Frozen singalong show at Disney World Orlando

Towards the end all the characters appear and there is a final rendition of Let it Go with a few special effects. 

Frozen singalong show at Disney World Orlando

Close by you can find Wandering Oaken's Trading Post featuring a Frozen Snowground play area. Although there was a short wait it wasn't too bad and the children had a decent amount of time to play (there were timed play sessions). The snow was fairly realistic and there were plenty of spades, buckets and so on to play with. Unfortunately I'm not sure how much longer the play area and the Singalong show will be at the park as their run has already been extended, it may be that they close soon after Christmas. 

Playing in the snow play area at Disney World Florida

Just outside there is a Frozen merchandise shop. It's not the only place that you can buy Frozen merchandise of course, but there was an excellent selection all grouped together, and we found the prices to be cheaper than the Disney Store in Florida Mall, as well as offering products that we didn't see anywhere else. Many of the products were also better quality, Mia ended up with both an Anna and an Elsa doll and they were much nicer than their cheaper equivalents in Target. 

Frozen Elsa and Anna dolls for sale at Disney World

We always enjoy the Celebrate the Magic show at Magic Kingdom where the castle is beautifully decorated with a series of projects alongside music from Disney films. It usually takes place before fireworks when the park is open late. The show now features a lovely Frozen sequence and a chance for a Let it Go sing along from the crowds.

Elsa from Frozen projected onto the castle at Walt Disney World

If you want to actually meet Princess Anna and Elsa in person you can do so at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland, but you are probably going to be in for a long wait. We tried to get a Fastpass but there were no more left when we were able to log in. Perhaps if you are a hotel guest at Disney World Resort then you might have more luck. Even when we visited the park for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party and most attractions had minimal waits, there was always a long wait for Anna and Elsa. By a long wait, I mean several hours, and there was no way that we were going to manage that.

Fortunately our children aren't too bothered about actually meeting characters in person. We were able to see the Princesses on our first day at the park in the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show - the short opening ceremony that takes place each morning as the park opens. We also saw them in the Festival of Fantasy Parade which takes place at Magic Kingdom during the day and of course they are also in the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration show. This was plenty for our children!

There are a couple more new Frozen events planned for the holiday season, unfortunately as we visited in October and early November we were too early for them. You can find more details on the Undercover Tourist blog, and it looks wonderful! In 2016 there will also be a new Frozen ride opening at Epcot which will replace the now closed Maelstrom ride.

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