'Frozen Ever After' to be the name of Epcot's reworked Maelstrom ride

Jun 09, 2015 in "Frozen Ever After"

Frozen Ever After concept art

The Wall Street Journal got an inside look at the development of 'Frozen Ever After' - the new Frozen themed ride that will replace the Norway Pavilion's Maelstrom ride.

Information has been extremely scarce since the project was first announced back in September 2014. The WSJ article provides the first real details of what we can expect in Epcot's Norway Pavilion.

Opening in Spring 2016, 'Frozen Ever After' will continue to use the existing flume track and boats from the Maelstrom, but will provide new visuals and audio-animatronic characters throughout.

Details revealed by the WSJ article:

  • The setting for 'Frozen Ever After' is the winter festival that takes place in summer in Arendelle.
  • The queue line will include a trip through Wandering Oaken's Trading Post.
  • Olaf and Sven appear near the beginning of the ride.
  • Troll Valley is where Grandpappy Troll tells a story of how Anna and Kristoff met before moving up the lift hill along to find Olaf.
  • The big show scene is Elsa, on a balcony, singing 'Let it Go.'
  • Marshmallow, from the short 'Frozen Fever' makes an appearance.
  • The final scene features a firework celebration with a wave from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristof.
  • Ride time is around 4 minutes.

The ride makes use of audio-animatronics and builds on the success of those introduced in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Rear projection technology is combined with fluid moving animatronic figures to deliver extremely expressive facial features.

An opening date has not yet been announced, although the expectation is for late Spring 2016.

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Article Posted: Jun 09, 2015 / 9:23am EDT