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Disney makes it official: Frozen is taking over Epcot's Norway ride

September 12, 2014, 10:22 AM · Walt Disney World confirmed today what many fans have be hearing (and some have feared), that Epcot's Maelstrom will be replaced by a new Frozen-themed attraction.

Disney Parks President Tom Staggs announced:

"The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film."

No word on timing for when the new attraction will be open, or even when construction will begin. Maelstrom opened in July 1988, a month after the Norway pavilion's official debut. The Norway pavilion was the last one added to Epcot's World Showcase, and Maelstrom offered a relatively simply shoot-the-chutes boat ride, distinguished with a backwards section and, of course, Disney dark ride storytelling. Featuring the Norse god Odin and some mischievous trolls, the ride finished with a six-minute travelogue -- the sort of movie that visitors usually find as a preshow.

Maelstrom

Up until Disney implemented its Fastpass+ system and categorized rides in a way that encouraged people to book Maelstrom reservations, the attraction rarely drew much of a line.

The arrival of Anna and Elsa will mark the second time that Disney IP [intellectual property] have taken over a World Showcase attraction, following The Three Caballeros' introduction on the boat ride in the Mexico pavilion. But that attraction kept the setting in the nation of Mexico. The Frozen ride in Norway will be set in the fictional land of Arendelle, not Norway, which would be a first for a World Showcase attraction.

The big question, at this point: How much of a change will this be? Is Disney simply changing the animatronics and scenery around the same boat ride, or will it gut the building and craft an entirely new ride system and experience?

Update: Readers came through with the dates. Maelstrom will close October 5 and the Frozen ride is slated for early 2016.

Given the pace at which Disney's been developing attractions at Walt Disney World, an early 2016 opening suggests that there won't be a major structural overhaul on the Maelstrom building, and that even the ride system might be retained.

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September 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM · As I suspected, Norway will not be Arendelle. You will go to Arendelle in the new attraction, which is yet to be named. They didn't change the name of the Norway Pavilion yet. Maybe they won't change the name so Frozen will be a add-on.

So they will return the Anna and Elsa meet and greet to Norway. More chances of meeting the sisters of Arendelle in Norway.

I hope they improve on the ride. Just make the thing go forward. The backwards portion is disconcerting and gave it an unnecessary thrill. The ride is much too short and boring. Turn it into a small world type ride without a drop.

September 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM · This is terrible. Instead of updating the best ride in World Showcase (although this is not saying much), Disney has decided to destroy any theme continuity among the countries featured to make way for what most likely will be a cheap themed overlay, not unsimilar to what was done in the Mexico pavilion with the Three Amigos. I'm not impressed.

Disney's current management team continues to treat the WDW resort as the unwanted stepsister to its Anaheim properties. While Anaheim gets lots of love and care, WDW gets expensive gimmicks (Fastpass +) and cheap overlays passed off as new attractions. I'm still waiting for a fresh, original ride to open in Epcot. The last original, built from the ground up Epcot ride, opened more than 11 years ago. I don't think Walt woudl approve.

Brian

September 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Definitely mixed feelings on this one. I can remember my first trip to Epcot when I was a kid and loving the Malestrom. After that, it has been a must ride ever since whenever I make my way to EPCOT. Maybe it's just nostalgia blinding me, but I always really loved the ride and I will really miss it. Another one bites the dust in regards the the classic EPCOT attractions I guess. I hope it's still open when my wife and I do a weekend trip October 10th and 11th so I can give it a proper farewell, but if what I'm hearing is correct about them no longer offering fast passes, I guess I won't get my chance...
September 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM · NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! WHY???
September 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM · I can certainly understand the nostalgia people and everyone who doesn't want a Disney princess movie in World Showcase. But let's think about it this way: if they DO gut the building and put in a brand new dark ride, this will be Disney investing real money into World Showcase for the first time in forever. So why scoff at it? Maybe it will lead to more new rides and updates. No, I don't want Disney movie rides in every pavilion, but a few certainly won't hurt. At least Disney is showing love to the area.

That having been said, a Frozen overlay done on the cheap will be the worst of both worlds. It will be a slight to a great film deserving of a complete Disney attraction and be a loss of a fun piece of World Showcase in Maelstrom.

September 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM · I'm ok with it. The original concept of Epcot is to hell anyway. Disney doesn't want or lacks the imagination to continue the original concept and the next best thing they can do is milk their cash cows.
I think it's great that the already very kitsch misrepresentations of the lands in World Showcase get the fantasyland treatment but Disney needs to take this all the way. All countries get their fantasyland style makeover and Future World will be redone into Marvel, Star Wars and Villains land. Give it 2 billion and it could become a great theme park again.
September 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM · People looking at Fastpass+ availability online are saying that it appears Maelstrom's last day will be October 5. Anyone with a trip planned around that time (or later) with a Maelstrom FP+, can you check and confirm?
September 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM · I'm just really happy they didn't completely gut Norway... yet.
September 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM · We've been conducting a study, to be written up and submitted for publication soon, partially about this very issue! We're closing the survey soon, but it's not too late to take it and to have your opinion included! We want to hear from Norwegians and non-Norwegians alike, and people who have seen the Frozen movie or not. The 5-or-less-minute anonymous survey can be taken (in English or Norwegian) here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FrozenNorway

Thanks for helping and sharing your thoughts on this matter!

September 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM · And the camel gets its nose under the side of the tent...

This is the first step in a long journey as Epcot becomes "Disneyfied." Let's face it folks, the education/reality park concept has to go because attendance at Epcot has been stagnant and will only get worse as DHS and DAK get new lands and attractions. Team Disney had no choice since the general public seems to prefer a Magic Kingdom/Disneyland type of environment.

As far as what Walt not approving, c'mon Brian, you've got to be kidding. Do you even recall what Walt's original vision for Epcot was? I sat in front of the tv as a child and watched Walt Disney expound upon his utopian dreams for the "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" during the "Wonderful World of Disney," and the current version of Epcot looks virtually nothing like the EPCOT that Walt Disney proposed. Any attempt to validate a weak argument by channeling the spirit of Walt Disney is an epic failure when it comes to Epcot.

September 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM · Why do I have this sad feeling we will be getting some cheap overlay...I guess because TDO has let the Orlando parks go down to the point that they are a joke. I cannot imagine Disney could fast-track anything of quality...I guess time will tell.
September 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM · As much as it pains me, I can't think of a better place at WDW for a Frozen attraction to be based:

MK - Just had biggest expansion of its Fantasyland ever. It would have been the perfect place, but that ship has sailed.
DAK - There is only one animal in the movie, so that would be a big stretch, plus Avatar is happening there now.
DHS - Perhaps the second most logical home for Frozen, but with luck that will be home for much Star Wars goodness.

If I had my Epcot druthers, I'd like to have seen a new pavilion built in Epcot representing Denmark, Charles Christian Anderson home.

My only hope is they build a completely new ride. It needs to be a real people eater based on the popularity of this IP. I just can't imagine how the Malstrom ride system could manage the number of people that are going to want to ride this one. Wouldn't it be great to at last get a trackless ride (Pooh's honey hunt, Ratatouille, Mystic Manor...)! This story seems suited for a ride that slides across an "icy" floor.

Now comes the fun part, watching to see what they dream up. I'm excited, and sad all at the same time.

September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM · When I did our fastpasses for our upcoming trip in November, there were no options available for Maelstrom. I assumed then that Frozen was taking over or it was going to be refurbished. I too was hoping to get one last ride before the change. As exciting as it is to hear something new coming to Epcot, I was hoping it would be in addition to what was already there. Here's hoping for a ride that will make the loss of the original well worth it.
September 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM · A Gigantic Huge No!! Why?? I was at Epcot a couple years ago and started World Showcase at Canada and thus I ended at Norway late in the afternoon and Maelstrom was too busy to ride that day.

I loved the ride as a kid and now it looks like I won't ever be able to ride it again. I am not really able to rush off to Epcot anytime soon.

When will Maelstrom be closing for good?

September 12, 2014 at 12:25 PM · If ever there was an attraction that needed to be replaced it is Maelstrom. Good riddance. Bring on the trackless ride system, WDI!!! Ratatouille meets Frozen? I'll take it!

Next, can something be done about the Imagination Pavilion? How about Wonders of Life?

September 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM · NORWAY DOES NOT EQUAL ARENDELLE. Not only is Arrendale a fictional country which we are now equating with a real one, but the original story isn't even Scandinavian culture. Its Dutch. WHY? What made Disney decide this was the best place? Remodel Blizzard Beach! It needs it! Now, I don't love Maelstrom, but at least make a new NORWEGIAN ride!
September 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM · We've been conducting a study, to be written up and submitted for publication soon, partially about this very issue! We're closing the survey soon, but it's not too late to take it and to have your opinion included! We want to hear from Norwegians and non-Norwegians alike, and people who have seen the Frozen movie or not. The 5-or-less-minute anonymous survey can be taken (in English or Norwegian) here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FrozenNorway

Thanks for helping and sharing your thoughts on this matter!

September 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM · This isn't really about Maelstrom for me. I like the ride and will miss it, but we all saw this coming.

What makes me sad is that it just keeps moving EPCOT further away from what I loved. Now it's just a random collection of rides and shows with little coherence to them. It's sad.

September 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM · I'm highly disappointed in Disney for this. Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't World Showcase to educate people about each country? Frozen is not Norwegian. Simple as that. I believe it's a big mistake. If Disney want to build an attraction based on a movie, it should be in DHS. I'm slowly losing faith in Disney and Universal is now taking my trust.
September 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM · Ugh.... I'll echo Dan and Daniel above about this. It's not so much about losing Maelstrom (though I DO enjoy the ride and it's got some neat features I'll miss), but it's about the dumbing down of EPCOT.

I wasn't thrilled with the Three Caballeros overlay in Mexico -- but at least it kept with the basic theme of the ride being a tour through the country. And that WAS what the original movie staring those characaters -- Saludos Amigos -- was about.

But Norway has nothing in common whatsoever with Frozen other than snow.

Count me in as another person who sadly misses what EPCOT used to be....

September 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM · "I'm slowly losing faith in Disney and Universal is now taking my trust."

Diagon Alley is not London.

September 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM · I've never been to Epcot, but to me the idea of a ride set in a fictional location being part of the World Showcase doesn't exactly work. I don't have anything against Frozen or using Disney characters where they make sense, but Arendelle is not Norway and a Frozen ride belongs in Fantasyland over at the Magic Kingdom. I guess Disney no longer cares about the original concept for Epcot.

Given that this is a 2016 project, I really hope Disney actually intends to put in a new ride and not just retheme the Maelstrom attraction. Frozen would be the perfect property to become Disney's first US trackless dark ride, and if the ride is successful it could easily be added to Disneyland's Fantasyland and/or other Disney parks around the world. Just don't do a screen based ride...that's the main reason I've lost interest in the Ratatouille ride.

September 15, 2014 at 6:24 AM · I'm just happy Disney World is doing something...ANYTHING (cause let's face it the new fanasty land is lacking in any substance) Maybe they will actually spend some money and quite being cheap. (in Orlando anyway)
September 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM · Let's be honest about Norway. The Norway pavilion is no longer sponsored by any entity in Norway. The government abandoned it. No other Norwegian company or government agency has offered to sponsor it. If Disney didn't have Frozen available in the wings, Disney could have waited while they worked behind the scenes to find new sponsors.

Frankly, I believe the Norway situation is just the beginning. I don't think the other country pavilions will continue to have sponsors for long. Many governments may not find the sponsorship of a country exhibit that solely benefits Disney to be a good use of its funds. Also, many private companies could be concerned that the presentation of their products or industries will not make a difference.

Epcot's World Showcase should be entirely supported by Disney. They will find a way to monetize the exhibit that best allows Disney to profit. That's pretty much what will happen to Norway. Besides, Why should anyone care about Norway as a country? It is just odd that Norway exists at all in World Showcase.

September 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM · I can definitely understand the mixed reactions as it is, yet again, a loss of nostalgia from 80's Epcot. However, this certainly isn't nearly as saddening as the loss of Horizons or some of the other Future World rides. I've been to Epcot twice, maybe slightly more, and I was honestly not too impressed with the Maelstrom. It had some decent animatronics but it was way too short and certainly did not compare to Pirates or Splash Mountain at all.

I definitely do worry about the direction WDW is going in versus Anaheim as like another comment said there isn't quite as much "love and care" in the rides as there is in Anaheim or Tokyo. Considering Frozen's success though, I do think it's a decent fit for the Norway Pavilion and I'm sure it will attract more guests than the Maelstrom did. I really hope that they don't tackily re-use the old Maelstrom boats and animatronics and have cardboard cutouts or just 3-D screens of the Frozen characters. If they really want to re-use the Maelstrom building to make a GREAT Frozen ride, they should certainly try their best to model it off the new Ratatouille ride in Paris, which is actually pretty similar to Spiderman/ Gringotts and quite great! I haven't really been on any of those rides listed, but watched videos of them so I got a sense of how they looked. Some animatronics would probably combine well with well-disguised 3-D as well!

September 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM · We're taking the family later this year, several for their first visit. Our youngest grand kids will be disappointed – they've been watching video we took outside the Norway pavilion and were fascinated by the view of the boat. They have both said that this is one ride they want to go on. Too bad, we'll be a couple of weeks too late.

I'm hoping that they avoid a cheap overlay and do this up right. EPCOT has been long neglected, and needs an attraction infusion. Anyone for the Mt. Fuji Bobsleds (AKA Matterhorn) at the Japan pavilion?

September 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM · Could not agree more, Peter! They BETTER not make this cheap and do it the way Disney knows they can! I agree that it would've been super awesome to have a Mount Fiji coaster in the Japan Pavilion. Though how about the new Ratatouille ride they opened in Paris at the France Pavilion? That's supposed to be similar to Gringotts/ Spiderman and people love it! And also, what about Disney's new major success with Guardians of the Galaxy as a possible replacement for Captain EO on both coasts?
September 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM · If anyone watched the "Making of Frozen" TV special, then you would agree there is a lot of content available to connect Frozen to the fjords of Norway. I'm assuming they will showcase the all of the inspirational visuals from Norway that the animation team used for the film. That type of content will fit in nicely around the pavilion and pre-show and post-show for the ride. It's a win-win because it will boost people's desire to travel to Norway to see the real thing while also giving Frozen fans something exclusive to WDW. I guarantee there will be an Adventures By Disney booth (ala DVC booth) directly in front of the ride exit.
September 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM · awesome! I love Frozen and I can't wait to ride it in 2016!
September 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM · I submitted the following comment to the Disney Parks Blog announcement of this, but it has since been deleted, so I'll post it here:

"Very disappointing to hear that Maelstrom – a ride which celebrates authentic Norwegian culture and lore – is being removed for an attraction which will have a very tenuous (at best) connection to Norway and its heritage. Why replace Maelstrom when there’s a perfectly good (and unused) plot of land between the Mexico and Norway pavilions that could be utilized for expansion? That way they could still add Frozen elements to an expanded Norway pavilion, classic Epcot purists would still get to enjoy Maelstrom, and it would add an additional ride to World Showcase, an area which could frankly use more rides.

I’m hoping for the best (honestly!), but I really think this move further compromises the idea of what World Showcase is supposed to represent. I doubt the new Frozen overlay will teach guests anything about the culture of Norway, given that it says we’ll be traveling to Arendelle, a fictional country. I hope Disney and the Imagineers prove me wrong, and that this won’t just be a Fantasyland-dark-ride-style retelling of the movie’s story, but will inspire guests to learn more about the real country that inspired the movie’s aesthetics."

While certainly critical, I don't think I said anything offensive, and I was polite, so it's disappointing that the Disney blog folks deleted it. In any case, I stand by what I wrote.

September 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM · I think Walt would be disappointed.Money over substance.

There was something quirky about ride. If I could save three items, it would be the following:

Crazy Eye (Odin?) who states "You are not the First to Pass this Way"

Three Headed Troll (Disappear Disappear!)

Glowing Eye Swamp Troll

September 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM · Wait this is actually really good news. Maelstrom is looking really bad lately.
September 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM · To somewhat make it fit, re-theme Norway more generically as Scandinavia. As noted above,there is no current sponsor and the current theming in the land is still valid. It should also get some slightly broader theming in the area to do it right.

Of course, we might end up with a premium Ikea showroom and a lovely themed Frozen meatball restaurant.

September 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM · "Money over substance."

Why would it be considered substance if sponsored by a government or corporation?

Integrity is best if instilled by Disney. Disney has the integrity of it's own IP.

If it is cheap, then the whining is justified.

September 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM · Because the ride will need high capacity, I think it will be like the Little Mermaid ride in DCA in Anaheim, with high-capacity rider pods and rooms for various scenes from the movie. That ride was completed in 2 years from the ground up, with the former theater building being completely demolished with no existing infrastructure for a ride. If the Maelstrom building remains intact, I believe they can remove the flume and install the conveyor system and provide a completely new ride.
September 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM · Wow, so many negative comments. At this point, I don't think that Disney can do anything at Walt Disney World that would make most of you happy. Anytime they do anything anymore, it is "they should have put it somewhere else" or "they didn't do a good enough job with it" or whatever else.
September 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM · Yep. A lot of negative comments about this.

And do you know why that is? Because Disney's track record of late at WDW is pathetic. There is a sound reason why expectations have been lowered so much.

With the popularity of Frozen, and this being a pavilion, I totally agree that the ride needs to be completely gutted and built from the ground up.

If Maelstrom closes on the 5th of October, perhaps they can begin work as early as late October, and if the new ride is at the end of 2016, then that would actually give Disney almost two years to redo this ride and pavilion.

I'm aware that this is expected in "early 2016", but I would hope Disney realizes that to make the most of their opportunity, a complete overhaul cannot be done in that amount of time.

It can, of course. But this is Disney we're talking about.

Disney needs to capitalize on the success of the movie, and a simple overlay such as what they did with Test Track will absolutely not hit the right note.

September 12, 2014 at 11:36 PM · EPCOT (Walt's idea) was supposed to be a future city. The World Showcase had nothing to do with it. Some people had that idea later. I think it did make sense in the early 1980s. At that time less than 3% of Americans held passports. In 1950 it cost ~$2,500 per person and took 14 hours to fly from NY to Europe. So I'm guessing in 1980 there were very few adults that had traveled internationally as children. At that time having a look at other countries was a unique experience. In 2008, 15% of Americans had passports and in 2014, 36% do. A study from this year showed that 13% of Americans have traveled internationally in the past year and at all income levels, ~25% of people have traveled internationally at least once in their life. For people making 100,000-149,000 that number is 43%, for people making 150,000+ that number is 69%. Now a good deal of the people who have gotten passports recently probably got them to go to Canada or Mexico, but those are 2 of the pavilions in the World Showcase. I don't think that the World Showcase is that exciting for people who travel internationally. Also, I think people are exposed to a lot of cultures now when they go out to eat and products from other countries try to gain access to US markets so consumers are exposed to those as well. The World Showcase is already an artists interpretation of all these countries. I think they might as well up the interpretation to the level that they do in their animated movies. That makes it interesting for people who have been to the countries represented in the pavilions. The countries in the showcase pay money to maintain them to encourage American tourism, but movies set in/based on a country increase tourism especially when Disney has those vacation club trips. So why wouldn't a country want tons of people drawn to their pavilion because of a movie, even if it shows a fictional area based on an artists interpretation of their country? I think the changing travel culture of America, the movie view of the future being a dystopian waste land/1984 Orwellian nightmare instead of a place of amazing benign technology (as in the 1950s), and the lack of new rides in EPCOT explains why attendance is lower at that park. (How low would it be without the food and wine festival and the garden festival?) Some major changes need to be made if they want attendance at EPCOT up.
September 13, 2014 at 2:13 AM · Pathetic, disney world has plenty of space to built a real Arandelle mini land or Frozen dark ride. This is yet another cheap out by disney management, instead of plussing the struggling ride and bringing it up to par. Whats next? Frozen taking over the matterhorn, Jungle book characters taking over Jungle cruise? Might as well change Epcots name to Magic Kingdom 2, fictional fairy tales is not what Epcot is about.
September 13, 2014 at 4:29 AM · Norway was fine. Disney really needs to fix Wonders of Life, Universe of Energy and the Imagination pavilion with captain EO and a terrible half ass figment ride.
September 13, 2014 at 5:09 AM · It's simply not a big enough space. It's a big success story that needs a big space for a big ride. And not only that, it's not a big enough space for all the PEOPLE who'll be there. Aka every girl aged 3-18 whose parents can afford to get there, and every grown-up Disneyholic who can afford to get there. The existing ride doesnt have a long enough queue and there's not enough space in 'Norway' for a bigger one. There'll be people queuing all the way around the 'world' for this ride, amd they'll be disappointed.
Frozen needs a large part of Magic Kingdom. A LARGE SPACE big enough for one BIG ride, 1 or 2 little rides, a meet-and-greet space, a special Frozen shop, and possibly a restaurant. All of which will need really long queues.
September 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM · While I do enjoy riding Maelstrom at least once every time I visit Epcot, I won't necessarily miss it. What made it increasingly more fun is if you're slightly buzzed on a margarita you just bought and drank in Mexico. I would be upset if they took away the sweet, nice Norwegian girls that operate the ride too.

We all saw this coming though. While there is no solid information about what the new ride will entail, if it is simply an overlay with Frozen characters I will be sorely disappointed. If it takes Disney a year and half to do that, then the imagineers and construction crew are severely lacking the technical skills and creativity to make a quality ride. Down the street from Disney, Universal was able to tear down an existing building and build a new, high-tech ride (Transformers) in less than a year. True, the tech and design were already formed before construction started, but surely Disney has had this plan in the works for a while now.

What they really need to do is demolish the American area of Epcot. I've never understood why there was a need for an American pavilion since the park is in America. You want to spout American history? This could be done in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.

September 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Frozen clearly belongs in the Magic Kingdom.

Where? Where the Tomorrowland speedway is.

Remove the Tomorrowland Speedway and build a mountain where Elsa´s ice palace will sit atop. The mountain will house the E-ticket ride based on the legendary Snow Queen Palace ride.

Its so obvious.

September 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Hey Robert!

Would you happen to know if maybe there's concept art for the new Frozen ride so we could see what it looks like? No worries at all if there isn't of course or Disney can't release it for confidentiality reasons!

September 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM · Just let it go guys.
Let it go.
September 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM · Natural place for this ride is Blizzard Beach, of course.
September 13, 2014 at 6:38 PM · While they're at it, maybe they have take Ben Franklin and Mark Twain out of the American Adventure, and replace them with Captain America and Boba Fett.
September 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM · Behind The Thrills tweeted today that they heard from cast members at Norway Pavilion that the whole pavilion will be closing for refurb, not just Maelstrom. We exchanged a few tweets to make sure that is what they heard and not just a misinterpretation. This goes far beyond what Disney has publicly stated. Maybe, as opined above, the pavilion may come back as a Scandinavian Pavilion is a possibility.
September 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM · Some things in Frozen were inspired by Norway, but it doesn't really make it Norwegian. Anna's costume is slightly inspired by the bunad (national costume), there's a small joke about firewood, there's a fjord, but that's about it.
September 14, 2014 at 3:21 AM · I understand the fears. However, as a huge fan of Epcot, I am happy to see a brand new attraction for this park. Let's face it, this Frozen ride is going to be done, so let's be positive: if they do it the way it should (so not with a cheap approach), it will be a huge boom to the attendance of Epcot. Also, WDI can prove here that they can do it quickly "Universal style" but still with the Disney touch.
September 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM · It will be interesting to see how this develops as it is the first concept built under Tom Fitzgerald. As Robert reported last April, WDI moved Mr. Fitzgerald from Disneyland Paris to become the creative director at Epcot. Mr. Fitzgerald was working at Disneyland Paris during the development of the 'Ratatouille' attraction.

It's also interesting to read that the new 'Frozen' attraction will open in 2016 -- which is the same year that a new version of 'Soarin' is also supposed to open.

September 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM · Jerry Rees, Trackless!
September 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM · We have a fast pass + for Maelstrom on October 5th, so the ride will be open that day. I guess we will be some of the last to ride it.
September 16, 2014 at 5:32 AM · Goodbye old friend! Now I will have to watch Frozen to be able to enjoy the new ride. It seems a shame that the World Showcase was established to showcase the countries, their food, their products, their charm, etc. It was not established to showcase Disney films or characters. That was more for some of the other parks. Epcot is going backwards if it dumbs down the World Showcase to become a children's area. Goodbye Maelstrom!
September 16, 2014 at 7:13 AM · What will happen to all the Trolls? Especially the huge troll into the store. Me and my family come to Disney World at least 3 times a year. And that troll has become a tradition, I can track my kids growth by the pictures with the troll. PLEASE Keep the Troll!!!
September 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM · I think that they should keep maelstrom and build frozen ride another place at Disney and not get rid of any of the rides
September 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Would this mean that the Princess Meals at Norway could change to have Anna & Elsa as the photo characters?

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