Thursday, March 13, 2014

My thoughts on Anna and Elsa at Walt Disney World

Anna and Elsa with their Disney Infinity counterparts when I met them in
January at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase

Yesterday, an article over on Doctor Disney suggests that Anna and Elsa will be moving over to the Magic Kingdom in April. A staple at the Norway Pavilion for months now, the sisters from the hit film Frozen are rumored to be moving to Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Though I admit that the evidence seems like they will be, I was hoping Disney would take this opportunity and use this very popular film, and franchise behind it, to bring some new life into the World Showcase. Here is my 'Frozen Blue Sky'.

Location: Did you know there was supposed to be more countries added to the World Showcase over the years? Sadly, since the addition of Norway in 1988, no new countries have been added, but there is space for quite a few. One of these spaces lie between the Norway and Mexico Pavilions, as outlined above. Since it is not being used to house a country, as was the plan, why not take it and 'Disneyfy' it, so to speak.

Arendelle Castle/ Frozen Meet 'n' Greet

Disney has proven that adding new castles to the theme parks has been very popular, with the addition of Beast's Castle and Prince Eric's Castle in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. Arendelle Castle would be a great addition to the back part of the expansion. Why not recreate a portion of Arendelle's courtyard, with the towers rising up in the background, decked out for Elsa's coronation, as the queue? Then have the Meet 'n' Greet inside the throne room?

Olaf's Winter Playground

Olaf has proven that he is one of the next BIG Disney characters, like Mickey and Stitch. His merchandise is VERY hard to come by, and, along with Elsa merchandise, often sold out. Epcot always needs more things for the little kids to do, so why not create an Olaf inspired Winter Playground in the front partof the expansion? Snow slides, snowmen to climb on, fun activities (reminiscent of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area in Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Winnie the Pooh queue at the Magic Kingdom), etc. Since he has his own personal flurry, having a snow themed area 24/7 in Florida would work (lest we also forget Blizzard Beach). I would even go so far as to suggest they install a 'snow maker', similar to the ones used each year for the Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights of at Disney's Hollywood Studios, so occasionally it can snow in the playground. Oh, and why not... throw Marshmallow in there. 

Maelstrom: Frozen

Yes, the Maelstrom is a fan favorite ride for some. However, this attraction SCREAMS to have a Frozen re-theme done to it. When I rode the ride in January, I specifically could see how it could retell the story of Frozen without having to change the track of the ride, just change the scenes... to Anna and Elsa's search for love. Also, since the country of Norway no longer owns part of the pavilion, nor pays Disney any ad revenues these days, they don't really have a say what Disney does with the ride. It's a perfect vehicle to add in the rock trolls as well.

Well, there you have it... my 'Frozen Blue Sky'. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Of course, this isn't the first time I dabbled in being an Imagineer. Last year I did a 2 Part Disney's Hollywood Studios 'Blue Sky' over at Those can be found here and here. I think they are worth a read, but I wrote them, so I am a little biased. If you do end up reading them, enjoy!

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