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Walt Disney World to move Frozen's Anna and Elsa to the Magic Kingdom

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Published: March 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Walt Disney World announced today that it will move its wildly popular Frozen princess meet and greet from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom.

Anna and Elsa from Disney's Frozen
Photo courtesy Disney

Fans of Anna and Elsa have had to endure waits of up to five hours to meet the ladies of Arendelle in their current location in the Norway pavilion in Epcot. So Disney's moving them to the Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom, where guests will be able to reserve meeting times with the two, using the resort's new Fastpass+ system.

That should alleviate the brutal wait-time problem with the two characters, though it will make an early reservation to get a Fastpass+ time a must for any families hoping to meet Anna and Elsa during their Walt Disney World visit. Disney's hotel guests can make Fastpass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of the start of their visit, though it appears that Anna and Elsa meet times haven't shown up yet in the system. We'll have to wait and see if Disney sets aside visit opportunities for "day guests" on a standby basis, and what those standby wait times turn out to be.

Readers' Opinions

From 144.29.129.22 on March 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Fastpass+ still not available
From 98.200.82.138 on March 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM
Oh wow, 5 hours! My family and I are planning on a July Disney vacation. Because there are about 12 of us traveling, it's more cost effective to rent a vacation home off-site, which is what we have done.
Here's a quick question regarding FP+: If we book 1 night on-site, can we take advantage of the early FP+ Reservations for our whole trip (5 days at the Disney parks)?
From 76.16.3.214 on March 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM
Too bad, that was the busiest the Norway pavilion has been since it opened in 1988.
From Rob Pastor on March 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM
One night reservation will get you one day of fast pass plus access only.
From Amanda Jenkins on March 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM
These parents are true heroes waiting in a five hour line!
From 68.63.243.124 on March 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM
We are going to Disney World in May and just booked the Anna and Elsa fastpass.
From Robert Niles on March 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM
So... how many times can a parent drink around the world while his/her kids wait for Anna and Elsa?

(PSA: Do not actually try this.)

From Brent Moody on March 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM
I think you could probably make it around once pretty quick, but by the time you went around the second or third time you might forget you even had kids anymore lol.
From James Trexen on March 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM
So, does this eliminate the idea of a Frozen ride in Norway? Or are they getting moved to accomodate future construction? #speculationtime
From Charles Reichley on March 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Why don't they just hire two more people to play the characters at Magic Kingdom? It's not like the two actors that are playing them now are the actual people from the movie.

I guess that is part of the "exclusivity" that makes Disney so special. But I feel sad for the thousands of kids who won't get to meet the character they loved from the movie because their parents can't afford to devote 5 hours of vacation time to standing in a line, or who were not smart enough to schedule a time to greet a character 2 months in advance.

And i guess this is what separates the Disney-lovers from the rest of us. Although in this case, isn't Disney all about doing everything it can for the guests? And wouldn't it be great for the guests if they didn't have to wait so long for something that is pretty inexpensive. A company that would build a $100 million dollar ride, it seems they could spend another $100,000 a year for two costumes and a couple of low-wage character actors.

From 68.192.84.242 on March 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM
I am going in May too and today I was able to book Anna and Elsa at the fairytale hall. It was not there a few days ago
From 216.53.143.123 on March 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM
We are in Disney now and travelled from newfoundland with our 5 and one year old. First stop, before magic kingdom was Norway at Epcot to see Anna and Elsa....we hd no idea about the five hour wait.not possible with our one year old and not willing for ne of us to miss ur lunch with princesses.Our five year olds heart is broken. We will try to make it happen tomorrow by keeping the the baby home while her and
dad head back to epcot. Not the way i envisioned spending the last day of a family vacation. After all the money spent to come and do the disney dream they should make dreams a little more accessible then 5 hour wait.
From 71.194.129.80 on March 17, 2014 at 9:46 PM
March 15th marked the 60 day window for our trip to Disney World. I logged onto My Disney Experience and Fast Pass + at 11AM on the 15th. All the times for Elsa and Anna were already "wait-listed," by that time, for of the 2 days we have scheduled to visit the Magic Kingdom. Luckily the 2nd day we plan to visit wasn't waitlisted - yet. I would suggest logging sooner than I did (11AM) when you reach the 60 day window if you are set on getting a Fast Pass for this character meet & greet. Also, be sure to Prioritize Elsa and Anna as your top choice, so that "experience" isn't subsituted.

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