The WSJ received a behind the scenes look at the all-new “Frozen Ever After” ride that will be replacing Maelstrom at Epcot at the Imagineers headquarter in California.
The original Maelstrom ride lasted 27 years at Epcot as it took us back through the history of Norway and guests came face to face with trolls that were angered by the passing boats and featured several educational aspects about the history of Norway.
The ride closed on October 5, 2014 to make way for a new “Frozen” attraction.
The ride will feature a similar layout to Malestrom, but now with your favorite characters from the film. The ride will feature the same boats that were used in the original attraction as well.
The setting for the ride will apparently be the winter festival that takes place during the summer in the village of Arendelle. The townspeople apparently celebrate winter, in summer. Queue the Olaf “In Summer” song.
The queue line will feature the famous Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post where guests will hear yoo-hoo!” as they pass by his shop.
Once boarded, guests will encounter Olaf and Sven which will set up the rest of the ride for guests.
The next scene will feature Grandpappy Troll in Troll Valley speaking to the young trolls about how Anna and Kristof met. From there, the ride will go up a lift and you are once again greeted by Olaf, who is ice skating and is accompanied by Anna, Kristoff and Sven.
The next scene is the scene that everyone knows, Elsa singing the world-famous song “Let It Go” in her ice castle. This scene will apparently feature sophisticated ice special effects to simulate Elsa building her ice castle.
If you’ve seen the movie “Frozen,” you surely remember the giant Marshmallow, the giant snow creature that Elsa creates to protect her castle. The next scene will feature the giant snow creature and some more adorable little snow creatures called Snowgies, which first appeared in the “Frozen” short called “Frozen Fever,” which aired before the live-action Cinderella.
The final scene of the ride will feature the whole gang, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff waving goodbye to guests as they prepare to unload from the ride.
The article also mentions that the animatronics in the ride will be “cutting edge” and will feature animatronics similar to the ones used on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which utilize projectors behind the characters faces for a much more realistic look.
Tom Staggs, who is the Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, also talks about the backlash Disney received for removing the original Maelstrom ride at Epcot and replacing it with the fictional world of Arendelle.
“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,” he said. “To me it doesn’t seem out-of-character at all.” Staggs mentions in the article.
An opening date has not been announced yet for “Frozen Ever After” by Disney. We will keep you posted.