Frozen Ever After Attraction & Royal Sommerhus Set to Open at Epcot June 21

Disney has just announced that Frozen Ever After at Epcot will open on June 21st.

Also opening June 21 will be Royal Sommerhus, the Frozen meet and greet venue.

Located in the Norway pavilion at the park, Frozen Ever After offers guests an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. Guests are first transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers to create a beautiful “winter-in-summer” day for the entire kingdom. Next, guests will pass Troll Valley on their way up the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before their return trip to the Bay of Arendelle.

Fastpass+ will be available for Frozen Ever After. Guests can begin booking FastPass+ for this experience on Saturday, May 21.

The nearby Royal Sommerhus, Anna and Elsa’s summer home, will open its doors to guests and the royal sisters themselves will be there for greeting opportunities.

The Norway Pavilion will open at 9 a.m., along with the Future World area of Epcot.

Don’t forget, guests can also spot Anna and Elsa over at Magic Kingdom Park in the “Festival of Fantasy Parade” and in the new “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” show coming to Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Check the My Disney Experience app for the latest locations and times for any Disney character.

Frozen Ever After Attraction Set to Open at Epcot in June

The Frozen Ever After attraction that’s currently being constructed in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot is set to open in June.

Frozen Ever After will take guests on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. Once inside, guests will be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsaembraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. Guests will pass Troll Valley on their way up the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace, and later on return to the Bay of Arendelle.

After disembarking, guests can top off their “Frozen” experience by meeting the royal sisters in their new Royal Sommerhus greeting location. Inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin, Anna and Elsa have opened their summer home for visitors.

To bring this attraction to life, the original voice talent of the original “Frozen” film returned to record new dialogue and songs penned by composers Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Norway for architecture and design research, specifically visiting the Detli House in Sverresborg and the Open Air Museum of Cultural History in Trondheim.

Norway Pavilion’s Stave Church Closing for Refurbishment Amid Anticipation of Frozen Attraction Opening

The Stave Church located in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion will be closing for refurbishment next month.

The the Stave Church will be closed begins April 18th through May 27th.  It will be reopening to guests on May 28th.

The Church currently houses an exhibit about the inspiration behind the animated movie Frozen, which opened in November of 2013.

The reopening date of the Stave Church may hint to a possible opening date of May 28th for the entire Norway Pavilion makeover, including the Frozen Ever After ride and Royal Sommerhus meet and greet.

Frozen Ever After and Royal Sommerhus to Open this Summer According Mickey Monitor

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According to the Passholder Mickey Monitor which has just recently been mailed out to Annual Passholders offers probably one of the only official timelines for the opening of the two new Frozen themed attractions coming to Epcot later this year.

Both the Frozen Ever After ride and Royal Sommerhus are listed in the Mickey Monitor as opening in Summer 2016. Previously it was expected to open in the Spring of 2016. This ties in with recent reports of minor delays to the completion of the projects.

Of course, an opening window can be quite wide, and Disney may be playing it safe, or could simply be listing an official opening timeframe, with soft opens happening sooner, closer to the original late Spring 2016 date.

Norway Pavilion Frozen Meet and Greet to Take Place in the ‘Royal Sommerhus’

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Disney today released a small amount of information about the upcoming Frozen meet and greet coming to Epcot’s Norway Pavilion.

The meet and greet is being built in an expansion pad between the existing Norway Pavilion and the Mexico Pavilion, Disney has today confirmed that the exterior will feature unique Norwegian architectural features, and the interior design of the “Royal Sommerhus” will reflect the cultural arts and crafts of Norway.

Inside the “Royal Sommerhus”, guests will be able to meet Anna and Elsa.

‘Frozen Ever After’ Will Be the Name of Epcot’s New Maelstrom Attraction

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Anna, Elsa, Kristof, Olaf and even those adorable little Snowgies are taking residence in Epcot Center next year in a new ride Disney is calling “Frozen Ever After.”

Imagineers at the company’s headquarters in California gave the Wall Street Journal a sneak peak at the attraction, which will replace the 27 year-old Maelstrom ride at the Norway pavilion in Epcot next year. The tour came courtesy of Imagineering creative executive Kathy Mangum, who oversees the Walt Disney World Resort. She showed off storyboards for the attraction and a virtual tour in a room called the “DISH” that utilizes 3-D images projected on the walls, ceiling and floor to simulate a ride before it is built.

“What we try to do is take you back to the movie without retelling that story,” Ms. Mangum said of “Frozen Ever After.” “This is a celebration of the characters, a way for guests who love the film to experience it in a completely different way.”

While it doesn’t feature any new songs, there are several new lyrics to existing melodies written for “Frozen Ever After” by movie composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez.

Maelstrom, on which visitors ride a floating log on a tour through Norwegian mythology, has been “gutted,” Ms. Mangum said, and is currently getting “a whole new overlay with ‘Frozen.’” While the logs and the path will remain the same, everything you see along the way is being replaced.

The setting for “Frozen Ever After” is the winter festival that takes place in summer, when residents of Arendelle apparently celebrate their favorite season of the year in the midst of its polar opposite.

While waiting in line, which is sure to take longer than the four-minute ride, guests will walk by Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. Oaken will occasionally clear steam on the windows to utter a hearty “yoo-hoo!” to people walking by. “We consider this scene one,” according to Mangum.

Once they board their logs, guests will first see Olaf and Sven setting up the Winter Festival premise.

The next scene is Troll Valley, where Grandpappy Troll tells a gathering of children the story of how Anna and Kristof met.  Before guests go up a ramp to find Olaf again, singing a song while ice skating, right next to Anna and Kristof, who are singing with their friend Sven.

Behind a set of doors is the moment many guests are sure to be waiting for: Elsa, on a balcony, singing “Let It Go” in her ice castle. It’s the centerpiece of the ride, “the big, big scene,” Mangum said, and it features elaborate effects to create simulated snow crystals soaring around the room.

Guests will next ride by Marshmallow, the giant, formerly evil snowman and his miniature Snowgie pals.

Marshmallow himself yells “Let It Go” in time with Elsa’s song before the guests travel through a mist cloud and reaches the final scene, which includes fireworks and a wave from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristof.

The audio-animatronic characters will be cutting edge, according to Mangum, using a new technology that includes projectors behind the faces to enable more lifelike animation.

Disney executives and designers started discussing a “Frozen” ride before the film even came out, said chief operating officer Tom Staggs.  “Our urgency grew as the film really took off,” he said, and “we purposefully set a really audacious goal to get this thing done.” That’s one of the reasons why it’s a makeover of Maelstrom, rather than an entirely new attraction that would take longer to build.

The company is counting on “Frozen Ever After” to boost the popularity of Epcot, where attendance was essentially flat between 2009 and 2013, according to the Themed Entertainment Association. “Cars Land” did the same for Disney’s California Adventure theme park, which struggled before an area based on the Pixar movie opened in 2012.

Some may question whether the the fictional world of Arendelle belongs in Epcot’s World Pavilion, which has always been about touring countries that actually exist, like Japan, Mexico, and Norway.

But  Staggs argued that “Frozen Ever After” is sure to draw more visitors to the Norway Pavilion, and Epcot as a whole, and that the movie is in fact based significantly on Scandinavian culture, art and mythology.

“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.”

From The Wall Street Journal