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<tabber>Epcot= Template:Infobox Disney ride |-|Hong Kong Disneyland= Template:Infobox Disney ride |-|Tokyo DisneySea= Template:Infobox Disney ride |-|Walt Disney Studios Park= Template:Infobox Disney ride </tabber>Frozen Ever After is a dark ride attraction at the Epcot theme park in Florida's Walt Disney World Resort, and is expected to come to Hong Kong Disneyland,[1] Tokyo DisneySea,[2] and Walt Disney Studios Park,[3] Part of the Norway Pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase section, the attraction features scenes inspired by Disney's 2013 animated film Frozen as well as the 2015 animated short Frozen Fever. It opened on June 21, 2016 and replaced the former Maelstrom attraction, utilizing the same ride vehicles and a similar track layout.

History[edit]

EPCOT[edit]

On September 12, 2014, Walt Disney World officials announced that the Maelstrom attraction would be replaced by an attraction based on Frozen.[4][5][6] Maelstrom's final day of operation was October 5, 2014.

In June 2015, then-Disney Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs revealed that plans for a Frozen attraction were discussed prior to the film's release, but were accelerated after the film's worldwide success.[7] On responding to whether converting a portion of the Norway pavilion into an attraction based on a fictional place was appropriate for World Showcase, Staggs stated: "If the goal is to give people a taste of something like Scandinavia with the Norway pavilion, then Frozen would only increase the extent to which people would be drawn to it. To me it doesn’t seem out-of-character at all."[7]

Disney also released the first details on the new attraction and revealed its final name, "Frozen Ever After".[7] The attraction uses the same ride vehicles and course that was used for Maelstrom.[7] The Audio-Animatronics figures for the attraction feature improvements in facial animation that were first used on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which opened in 2014 at the Magic Kingdom.[7] The Audio-Animatronics are also the first ever all-electric Audio-Animatronics, with previous Audio-Animatronics using either pneumatics or hydraulics.[8] While there are no new songs in the attraction, some of the original songs from Frozen have revised lyrics written by the original composers.[7]

On May 20, 2016, Disney Parks revealed that the attraction would open on June 21, 2016.

On November 2, 2020, following Walt Disney World's reopening after being temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak's impact on Florida, EPCOT announced that the original version of the ride would be closed for refurbishment until November 6, 2020.[9]

Hong Kong Disneyland[edit]

On 22 November 2016, the Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government announced plans for a multi-year, HK$10.9 billion[10] expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland. The proposed expansion includes Arendelle: World of Frozen, Stark Expo, Castle of Magical Dreams, multiple new attractions, and even live entertainment.[11][12][13][14][15]

Tokyo DisneySea[edit]

On June 14, 2018, Tokyo Disney Resort announced an expansion for Tokyo DisneySea in 2022, bringing in an eighth port highlighting the films Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan. A new deluxe hotel with a one-of-a-kind luxury wing will be connected to the port.[16] Inspired by myths and legends of the sea, the new port is themed around magical springs that lead to a World of Disney Fantasy, and it will include four new attractions.[17]

Walt Disney Studios Park[edit]

On February 27, 2018, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger announced plans for a 2 billion euro, multi-year expansion for Disneyland Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris. The new development will include a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas are Avengers Campus Paris, Arendelle: World of Frozen and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences.

Ride experience[edit]

As part of the June 2015 reveal of the attraction, Disney officials described some of the key sequences of "Frozen Ever After". Riders arrive in Arendelle during its summer season, when the residents celebrate the Winter Festival.[7] After passing Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, riders board their boats and encounter Olaf and Sven as they prepare for the festival.[7] Grand Pabbie tells the story of how Anna and Kristoff met; then the boats ascend to find Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf together and enjoying the winter weather.[7] Riders next see Elsa in her ice palace performing "Let It Go", then Marshmallow and his mini-snowman friends, the Snowgies, that were first seen in Frozen Fever.[7] Riders return to Arendelle through a cloud of mist and experience a fireworks finale and a send-off from Elsa, Anna and their friends.[7]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Disney Will Replicate Existing Frozen Ever After Ride in Hong Kong and Paris". https://wdwnt.com/2018/06/disney-will-replicate-existing-frozen-ever-after-ride-in-hong-kong-and-paris/.
  2. "New details I learned during my visit to Walt Disney Imagineering". https://attractionsmagazine.com/new-details-learned-imagineering/?sfs=xwa&fbclid=IwAR3IEpCYLeAaX36_HYUef6Zxolfrib01d0aUXwqpy26-9ekjjvsSS5XBzJ4.
  3. "Disneyland Paris Star Wars Land, Frozen Land and Marvel Land just announced!". http://disneylandparistreasures.com/news/disneyland-paris-star-wars-land-frozen-marvel-areas/.
  4. Tom Staggs (September 12, 2014). "‘Frozen’ Attraction Coming to Epcot". Disney Parks Blog. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/frozen-attraction-coming-to-epcot/. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  5. McNary, Dave (September 12, 2014). "Disney Adding ‘Frozen’ Attraction at Epcot". Variety. http://variety.com/2014/film/news/disney-frozen-epcot-1201304634/. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  6. Pallotta, Frank (15 September 2014). "Yet another 'Frozen' spinoff: An Epcot theme park attraction". CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/12/media/disney-frozen-ride/index.html?iid=EL. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Fritz, Ben (June 9, 2015). "‘Frozen Ever After:’ An Exclusive Look at Disney’s Upcoming Attraction". wsj.com. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/06/09/frozen-ever-after-an-exclusive-look-at-disneys-upcoming-attraction/. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  8. Porges, Seth (October 13, 2016). "9 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Disney's New 'Frozen' Ride". http://www.forbes.com/sites/sethporges/2016/10/13/9-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-disneys-new-frozen-ride/#3523999a30df. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. "PHOTOS: Frozen Ever After Now Closed for Refurbishment at the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT". https://wdwnt.com/2020/11/photos-frozen-ever-after-at-epcot-closed-through-november-6-for-refurbishment/.
  10. Sun, Nikki; Tsang, Emily. "Frozen and Marvel superhero attractions to boost Hong Kong Disneyland in HK$11 billion expansion". South China Morning Post. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2048305/frozen-and-marvel-attractions-planned-hk10-billion-hong-kong. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  11. Barnes, Brooks (November 22, 2016). "Hong Kong Disneyland, Seeking Return to Profit, Plans $1.4 Billion Upgrade". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/business/media/disney-hong-kong-resort-upgrade.html?_r=0.
  12. Miller, Daniel (November 22, 2016). "Hong Kong Disneyland in line for a $1.4-billion expansion, adding a 'Frozen' themed land in a bid to boost growth". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-hong-kong-disneyland-expansion-20161122-story.html.
  13. "Hong Kong Disneyland Set for Multi-Year Transformation with All-New Attractions and Entertainment". Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. http://news-en.hongkongdisneyland.com/PressReleases/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?AssetId=06bb4d23-21ce-485a-a20a-1becc8863b9b. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. "Multi-Year Expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland Announced by The Walt Disney Company and Hong Kong Government". CNW Group. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/cnw/release.html?rkey=20161122C7289&filter=5599. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  15. Ng, Ellie (22 November 2016). "Disneyland to receive HK$5.8 billion in gov’t funds to expand park". Hong Kong Free Press. https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/11/22/hong-kong-disneyland-build-frozen-theme-area-part-us1-4bn-expansion-plan/.
  16. "Tokyo DisneySea announces expansion with new Disney movie themed port, deluxe hotel for 2022". https://insidethemagic.net/2018/06/tokyo-disneysea-expansion/.
  17. "Largest Ever Expansion Announced for Tokyo DisneySea Opening in 2022". https://tdrexplorer.com/tokyo-disneysea-expansion-announced-2022/.

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