Frozen Takes Over at EPCOT and Other Summertime fun at WDW

Photo Courtesy of Attractions Magazine
Photo Courtesy of Attractions Magazine

By now, I’m sure that many of you have heard about the ridiculous wait times for the brand new Frozen Ever After attraction at EPCOT. There was a lot of folks that were upset when Disney decided to replace the attraction in Norway with this Frozen one. Clearly the upset feelings haven’t had any effect on the opening. A 300 minute wait time! Can you believe it? Over 4 hours of waiting to get on this ride. Is it worth it?

What do you think? Worth over 4 hours to get on this attraction? Personally, I don’t think so. I think the attraction is pretty cool. I love the new technology animatronics that they use (although, Elsa at the end looks fake by the time you pass by to end the ride. I think the Imagineers didn’t consider how the sideways point of view would look.). It’s an interesting concept. I do like the way they choreographed the backwards little drop with the the words “Let it Go!” from the song. However, 4 hours is just too long to wait. Especially when you can watch a video on YouTube without the wait…and in a year or two that wait time will shrink. Just saying. This has become a must do FastPass attraction at EPCOT instantly. Crazy!

At EPCOT there is more than one new attraction. Although, Soarin’ Over the World is more of a reboot on Soarin’. What can I say? I love this new film! It’s everything Soarin’ (Over California) was only we get to travel all over the world. The video is stunning. I also noticed that this video ends at EPCOT. The previous Soarin’ ended at Disneyland in California…something I thought was lame for the EPCOT version.

Disney had fixed this problem as you can see in the above video. This is Soarin’ Over the World as it’s shown at Disney California Adventure. It’s the same film except you end at Disneyland in California. It’s still kind of lame that they don’t have you end at DCA. Oh well. I applaud the Imagineers in differentiating the films!

Over at the Magic Kingdom, there’s a new stage show in front of Cinderella’s Castle called Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare. As you can see, this show has plenty of Frozen in it as well. Other than Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, the show features Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, Rapunzel and Finn Ryder, along with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. It is a fun show. However, fireworks in the daytime just doesn’t work.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they’ve extended their park hours to be open at night. Above is a preview of a new night time show entitled Rivers of Light. I love what I see in this little preview! I was expecting to get some Pocahontas or Lion King. Instead, this show is using music and visuals that don’t appear to be in any Disney film. I love this idea! What do you think?

One night time offering that is currently running is The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic. I haven’t seen the live action version of the Jungle Book. So, this show is a little strange to me. It feels like a show that should be at EPCOT and not Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ll let you guys watch the show to come to your own conclusions.

Now that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is open after dark, you can go on the Kilimanjaro Safari at night!

The last of the night time offerings I wanted to share is the Tree of Life Awakenings. I haven’t had the chance to watch the entire show yet. However, what I’ve seen looks awesome!

Lastly, let’s close this virtual Disney trip with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I can think of no perfect way to tend this report than with this video. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show. Clearly, Disney is into using projections everywhere. The projections do add to this show. It encapsulates all 7 Star Wars movies without any mention of Jar Jar Binks.

What do you think of these new offerings at Walt Disney World? Would you ever wait 300 minutes for any attraction? If so, what one?

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