First look at Frozen Ever After the new ride in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

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We have a first look of the all new Frozen Ever After attraction that will be replacing Epcot’s Maelstrom ride hopefully sometime next year. The ride is a celebration of the Frozen characters and a chance for guests to experience the film in an all new way. While not offering any new songs there is however some new twist on existing melodies from movie composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez.

Frozen Ever After takes place in summer at Arendelle’s Winter Festival, think the end of the Frozen movie. While waiting in line you will have an opportunity to see (not visit) Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and take in the wonders of Arendelle. On board you will be treated to Olaf & the reindeer Sven setting up the Winter Festival for you the guests.

First stop will be Troll Valley where you will hear the tale of how Anna & Kristoff met. After some fun in the Troll Valley you will be whisked away to sing ‘Let it Go‘ with Elsa in her Ice Palace. Who hasn’t heard that song a million times?

Next up we see the big scary snowman Marshmallow and all the mini snowman who were featured in the Disney Short Frozen Fever. There will be lots of singing and dancing and even a special fireworks celebration before you are swept off the ride with a farewell from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff.

Disney is breaking out all the stops on this new ride featuring some new audio animatronics that will enable more lifelike animation, the same animatronics that was used in the 7 Dwarf Mine Train ride.

Overall Disney is hoping that the changes to the old Maelstrom ride will boost attendance in Epcot like Carsland did for Disney’s California adventure.

What do you think does the new Frozen Ride sound cool? Or should Disney have moved it to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom? Let us know in the comment box below.


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21 thoughts on “First look at Frozen Ever After the new ride in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

  1. We’ll miss Maelstrom. We already miss the Norwegian history and artifacts that have been replaced by visuals of Frozen. Yes, I’m well aware that Disney is a business, and business is business, and Norway wasn’t paying them, yada yada yada… That doesn’t mean that my family and I, who really enjoy the fantasy and thrills at all the other areas on Disney property (including things that are Frozen-related), will not miss, and be disappointed by, losing one of our favorite countries in World Showcase and wish that Disney would keep the countries intact. They are still a draw, and very popular, whether countries are paying for their country to be represented in World Showcase or not.

  2. I love love love Frozen but you can’t possibly compare ONE ride to Cars Land??? That place is amazing!!!

  3. Too bad they did.

    And people need to get used to it. 😛

    I’m not defending Disney here, I’m saying they were planning on either removing Norway or finding something else to replace it to begin with.

    This was going to happen to that pavilion no matter what people think.

    Norway was the best option for this because the story originates from their fairy tails and the architecture fits it the best.

  4. it should have been in the magic KIngdom..I’ve never been to WDW and always wanted to ride Maelstron after seeing video of it on Youtube. Now I never will be able to, all becuase Disney wanted to make more money. It could have gone in the Magic Kingdom.

  5. Awesome! I love the concept art for Frozen-Ever-After! I can’t wait to ride it next year!

  6. You must not see all the cash being raked in at Epcot in the Spring during the Flower & Garden show or in the Fall during Food & Wine festival.

    Do some research, the Morocco pavilion is the only pavilion still sponsored by an actual government. Norway dropped sponsorship in 2002.

    No other pavilion in Epcot has any government sponsorship. Norway and Morocco were the only pavilions built with actual government sponsorship in the first place.

    Also companies do not want to put big dollar numbers into ride sponsorship under Disney’s current arrangement. Any and all sponsorships are for typically for a 10 year deal.

    You might see Finding Nemo and the Little Mermaid at Epcot in the Living with the Seas Pavilion, and meet and great areas throughout World Showcase for various characters, BUT World Showcase was always intended to be what the name implies. A place to showcase the best of what countries have to offer. The circle vision theaters, the food, the culture, even the people. World showcase is based in the real world. It is not the land of fantasy. Norway does not offer Arendaille or Frozen in the real world so why include it now? Remember just because Disney can do something, doesn’t mean it should……

  7. I, frankly, am disappointed. I loved Maelstrom. While I totally get trying to make EPCOT more “kid-friendly,” not every visitor has kinder in tow. We’re empty-nesters, and we no longer go to Akershus because it is “all princess, all the time.” I guess we’ll be skipping the Norway pavilion in its entirety now, which is a pity.

  8. I’m underwhelmed by this for two reasons: first, I generally didn’t love the movie (too many holes in the plot, people!). Second, I’ve always liked that Epcot was “different” than the other parks. Disney can obviously do whatever they want to do, and clearly they think this is the best spot for it, but Malestrom held so much nostalgia for me and many others. Sad to see it go, and even sadder to see it replaced by a property that I’m not crazy about. But I know I’m not the target audience, and I can live with that.

  9. My girl will love this. However, we usually go to Disney World during the Wine and Food Festival, we won’t be going at that time in the future. The culture clash between the huge drunk crowds at EPCOT and long lines of little girls trying to see Anna and Elsa is something we will avoid.

  10. Just a reminder folks, it is a DISNEY PARK. let me repeat that, DISNEY Park. There ya go. All cleared up. 🙂 Oh, another reminder, it is a “for profit” company and not the man, the dream, educational, yours or set in stone. OK, carry on.

  11. True True True. The Countries are supposed to be educational. Why in the world should a country give Disney money? Jeez, that idea is sick. Disney makes more than enough. The Maelstrom ride was a tribute to off shore drilling financed by oil companies. It made me wretch.

  12. You know.

    All these people are angry at Disney for this though, you don’t see people complaining very much about Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, and other Disney items throughout the park.

    EPCOT IS CHANGING FOLKS. WITH INNOVATIONS SLOWLY CLOSING DOWN AND OTHER RIDES GETTING OUT OF DATE. IT IS GOING TO CHANGE WHENEVER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

    As companies pull out of sponsoring rides, Disney will find other ways of making money. Frozen still is currently making them money.

    Norway hasn’t sponsored their own pavilion in years. Disney could barely upkeep it.
    EPCOT really hasn’t been doing well money wise either. This is a way to make sure the park stays well. Now they could just update attractions but this is a money saving move in a way. They already got the building they just are updating the inside of it.

    And they are validating it that the fact that it’s a Norwegian story/takes place near/in/based off of the country.

    You guys may hate it, but Frozen is still making Disney truckloads of cash. It’s gonna stick around for a long while and no amount of complaining will stop it.

    I’ll say this again, you guys only have Norway’s government to blame for this as they were the ones who pulled out and gave Disney the opening they needed.

  13. IT SO DOES NOT BELONG IN EPCOT COUNTRIES ! THE CHARACHTER MEET AND GREETS ARE COOL BUT MOVIES AND DISNEY CHARACHTERS MOVING AND TAKING OVER THE COUNTRIES SECTIONS IS WRONG !
    THE PERFECT PLACE FOR FROZEN EXPAND NEW FANTACYLAND FOR ARANDAE THEY BELONG WITHT THE PRINCESSES AND IN FANTACYLAND.
    I WILL NOT DEAL WITH AN OVER CROWDED EPCOT AND NORWAY MEXICO AREA OVER CROWDED FROM FROZEN CROWDS. I WILL AVOID THOSE AREAS IF INSANE WHICH I THINK IT WILL BE TO MUCH FOR THE LITTLE AREA NORWAY HAS, IF THE PARK EPCOT IS TO CROWDED I WILL AVAOID IT AS WELL.

  14. Nothing against you guys. But you should of had asked your government to keep funding it. The only reason this happened is cause Norway stopped giving Disney money. 😛

  15. Too much in Disney with the same stories. I have two boys and they have seen the Little Mermaid show for me, but could care less about the ride for it. They don’t want to see any Frozen stuff either. There is too much doubling up with the rides, attractions, and shows for one story or movie when there are many Disney stories that haven’t even been touched for a show, attraction or a ride. Finding Nemo is great, but is seen multiple times in the parks. I think Frozen should have been placed in Fantasyland along with the other “younger kids” rides. We will miss the original Norwegian attraction. It was one of our favorites in Epcot. We are annual Disney park visitors, but we are taking a break from it this year and maybe next year too until new things come. My kids are getting bored.

  16. How fun. I know some little Princesses who will be excited to ride this! I think this might entice some kids to want to go to Epcot.

  17. So the entire ride is going to be centered around a fictional land? Sounds like something that should belong in Fantasyland and not Epcot. As I’m part Norwegian I’ve really enjoyed this pavilion and the original attraction, so I’m not too thrilled that it’s going to be all about Frozen and not the country which inspired it.

  18. That sounds great but I know plenty of people who have no desire to go on the ride as the movie doesn’t interest them. Let it Go…

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