Anna and Elsa head to Disney's Hollywood Studios - but will the crowds go with them?
With wait times to meet Anna and Elsa in the Magic Kingdom still exceeding two hours, and beyond, Walt Disney World is adding more opportunities for families to see the stars of its hit animated musical Frozen
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"Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios" starts July 5 and will feature several Frozen-themed events each day through September 1 (though no meet and greet with the royal duo):
- An 11 a.m. horse-drawn procession up Hollywood Boulevard, with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff, finishing with a short ceremony at the Hat stage
- Sing-alongs and storytelling with Anna and Elsa in the Premiere Theater (on Streets of America)
- Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland in Soundstage One (near the Studio Tour exit), featuring a play area and Frozen merchandise
- A 5:30 p.m. DJ dance party at the Hat stage, with Frozen music in the mix
- And the finale, at 9:45 p.m., with a Hat stage character show leading into nightly Frozen-themed fireworks
Given that one of the main reasons behind Walt Disney Word's new MyMagic+ system is to use advance scheduling to redistribute guests from overflowing queues into less-crowded queues and areas of the park, this collection of Frozen-themed events seems designed to advance that same goal. If it manages to coax a few people from Disney World's most overcrowded queue — the wait for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet — into otherwise unused areas of the resort's least-attended park, Disney will count it a wild success.
What do you think? Will you include these events in your Disney World plans this summer?
Wait times exceeding 2 hours... Try more like 5 hours. Every time that I have been at MK since Anna and Elsa arrived, the posted wait time has been in the 250 - 300 minute range.
Is it the 90s? Disney embracing a mega-hit film, with fireworks no less, at the Studios!?! I'm shocked, yet a bit impressed. Maybe it's due to spreading around the MagicBand crowds, but is also likely a minor Potter swatter. They may need to goose attendance at a Studios park with little to do and less that's new (or even updated).
Good concept to increase DHS attendance short term & maybe lessen the Magic Kingdom crush. I noticed that DHS crowds have constantly been considerably smaller than Touring Plans advance daily projections, which indicates attendance issues. This should help alleviate that problem since Frozen is really "hot" right now.
I just checked MDE for a few days in July and saw that there are no fast pass plus listed reservations for any Frozen show. I guess the Premier Theater shows are only stand-by.
Clearly this announcement serves as yet another substantial affirmation that The Hat should be counted among the most powerful and awe inspiring pop culture icons in Disney history. I am pleased to see that The Hat will lend some artistic cred to this fledgling cartoon that still has a chance (albeit remote) of becoming a Disney classic.
You know, TH, I actually like the Hat. Yeah haters, I know, it blocks the Chinese Theater, but wasn't this the only way to keep the facade without legal issues. My problem, and everyone here knows because I've been harping about for years on sites I visit, is it's current usage with the stage in front of it. I consider to stage a huge eyesore with a tacky purpose (who's gonna come all the way to Disney, pay huge prices, and spend their time dancing to music instead of going on rides?). I used to love seeing the Hat at night (come on haters, you can't deny that sight) and taking the forced perspective shot, both of which are ruined. Sadly, today's announcement doesn't leave a positive effect on me because it keeps the stage there one summer longer.
James: You're so right. The stage (especially the permanent one) really takes away from the park's aesthetics. I don't particularly like the Hat, but I wouldn't mind it if they put the stage over the Streets of America area instead, or just get rid of those terrible dance parties with the annoying music. Disney has some excellent songs in their library, why not use them.
Everyone complaining about the Hat and the stage: you really need to just let it...
Wait, did they put the Hat there because of legal issues with the Chinese Theater? Robert, can you answer this?
Come now. We're only hoping this experience will help fix that plaza's problems in summer. After all, Hollywood Studios will be getting more guests than Magic Kingdom for the first time in forever. TH, do you know a fixer-upper who can get everything ready by July 5?
When does Blizzard beach get it's Frozen makeover?????
Two things I noticed at Star Wars Weekends the day after the 24-hour party this year:
I'm with James. I like the hat too.
I do have to say, these princesses look horrible and nothing like the movie.
Buzz from my friends in Walt Disney World entertainment: This is gonna be HUGE.
I'm not so sure that Disney isn't over-marketing this film. My grandkids have already been to at least 4 Frozen themed birthday parties this summer, and my daughter has informed us that we are not to buy any more Frozen merchandise for the them. She has hit the burnout point, and I suspect that a lot of other young parents aren't far behind.
T. Hillman: "I'm not so sure that Disney isn't over-marketing this film."
At one point the Frozen M&G lines were up to 6 hours long. !!!! But now with the FP+ and additional hours past 5pm, the lines do not seem to go past 3 or 4. Crazy to say that, I know. Although the full summer season has not yet hit, so we will see.
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