Hold on to your clogs, Fractals!
Turns out Disney is replacing Epcot’s Maelstrom with a Frozen ride.
After months of spot-on speculation, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, confirmed that a new attraction based on the hit animated film will shutter the Maelstrom ride currently housed in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. First opened in the summer of 1988, Maelstrom has been transporting guests back in time to experience beardy Norwegian history ever since. Either way, you know this reboot will have trolls. Because Pabbie.
“When Walt Disney promised that Disneyland would never be completed, so long as there is imagination left in the world, he made a promise to our guests that we take seriously at all our locations around the world,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “This year, one particular product of imagination — Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit Frozen — captured the hearts and minds of people around the world and gave us a new opportunity to make good on Walt’s pledge.
“We’ve made Frozen a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these Frozen elements are great complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.
Anna and Elsa will also move back to the picturesque pavilion in the World Showcase, where a new royal meet-and-greet will be given a permanent location.
Staggs also announced that Frozen characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom this holiday season, including Cinderella Castle turning into an ice palace every night starting in early November; plus Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf appearing in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! will fling a little extra pixie dust as well, which translates to real snow in Florida. Truth.