Monday round-up: 'Frozen' food at Disney, and coasters after dark

June 20, 2016, 10:00 PM · Florida gets Frozen
Epcot's new Frozen ride, Frozen Ever After, is scheduled to open Tuesday at the Norway pavilion in World Showcase. The overlay of the old Maelstrom ride is expected to draw thousands more fans to the park, and to the World Showcase section of the park, which traditionally has opened two hours after Epcot's Future World. Frozen Ever After will open earlier, at 9am with the Future World attractions, and other nearby World Showcase locations also will switch to the earlier opening time, to accommodate the expected crowds.

One of those is La Cantina de San Angel restaurant, in the Mexico pavilion, which has started serving breakfast for early-arriving fans. The menu skips traditional American breakfast fare in favor of the pavilion's theme and Mexican-inspired dishes such as chilaquiles and tamales. Here's a review.

So does California, too
On the west coast, Disney's also offering some more Frozen-driven dining options. All three of these new plans include reserved priority seating for the new Frozen - Live at the Hyperion show. The least expensive option is a $49 pre-show gathering in nearby Stage 17, where visitors can indulge in shave ice treats, and beer, wine and soft drinks. For $99 per adult and $79 per child, you can add a three-course lunch at the Cathay Circle in addition to the pre-show reception and priority seating. The top Signature Dining package, for $299 per person, starts with the reception and priority seating, then includes a post-show visit backstage before heading to the Carthay Circle for a four-course dinner. Reservations are available by calling +1-714-781-DINE (3463) between 8am and 9pm (PT) daily.

Knott's Ghost Town comes alive
One of favorite topics on Theme Park Insider is the transition of theme park lands from decorated environments into platforms for interactions between guests and the lands themselves. This week in the Orange County Register, I wrote about Knott's Ghost Town Alive, which provides one of the best examples of these developments to date.

Valravn after dark
Most coaster POV videos are filmed during daylight hours, but many coaster fans loved riding after nightfall, in the dark. So let's give a shout-out to Cedar Point, which just released this official night-time POV video of its new Valravn.

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June 20, 2016 at 10:24 PM · It's great that Disney is offering re$erved $eating option$ for a new show, after limiting capacity to three shows per day. Cut the supply, jack up the price (unless you want to fight the crowds at rope drop for one of those precious fast passes).

P.S.: Aladdin was much better.

June 21, 2016 at 6:30 AM · Cedar Point looks really cool at night!!! Lots of lighting packages on different rides.
June 21, 2016 at 7:42 AM · Priority seating is not the same as reserved seating. So you're paying for the priviledge of getting first in line to run to your seats. Whereas the person sitting behind you paid nothing extra, just showed up early.

Can't wait for the new ride video for Frozen Ever After.

June 21, 2016 at 8:54 AM · I tried to see the Frozen show on Monday, June 13th. I didn't get to the park until 10:00, so I was sure there wouldn’t be any FastPass tickets left, and there were not. What disappointed and confused me was what happened when I came back to the theater just under an hour before the first show.
There were already loads of FastPass ticket holders in the waiting area. I know they were jockeying for the best of the FastPass seats, but to me the benefit of having a FP for a theater show is just showing up a few minutes prior to show time and knowing I have a place.
When I entered the standby line with still more than 45 minutes until show time, I was told by the CM that there was no guarantee that I would have a seat in the show.
When I challenged this with, "You know how many FastPass tickets you distribute, you know how many seats there are in the theater, you count those of us entering here and then you stop when it's full..." Her response was, “But we don't know how many VIPs there will be so we can't promise you will get a seat.”
Now I see all of these premium packages and I understand why they can’t know exactly how many people will be in the advanced seating group. This leaves me cold, dare I say, Frozen.
For a long time, people have been pouting about all of Disney’s up-charged events. It’s never bothered me. The dinner packages that included priority access to World of Color and Fantasmic don’t completely exclude others. Granted – participants got the primo viewing areas, but for all intents and purposes, everyone else still gets to see the show.
Now I’ve found myself hoping to catch the Frozen show only to hear that my seat can’t be ensured because the number of VIPs can’t be established as much as 45 minutes prior to show time….well, that’s a big ol’ pile of yellow snow.
People should not be allowed to wait in a line for upwards of an hour for only a chance at a seat. Yes, sometimes rides breakdown and you find you have wasted your time, but that’s a mechanical failure. They are allowing people to wait in line for up to an hour to possibly not get a seat because someone else paid between $49 and $299 to skip the line. That is a business decision failure.
I really don’t begrudge the company from trying its best to make as much money off of this as they can. They are not a not-for-profit business and you’ve got to strike while the ice is cold. I’m just really disappointed that the management overseeing the venue can’t be better at knowing how many people without any kind of special access will be able to see the show. It’s wrong.
June 22, 2016 at 12:59 PM · Ghost Town Alive looks like a winner, I read your OC Register article, and, yeah I like how it's just casual, and you are not forced to do anything. They have a fully fleshed out town that they can totally take advantage of for this sort of thing. The town itself is an attraction, unlike the stores in Frontierland, which are just...stores. People can look at Ghost Town and think, 'well, it's just an old relic', but Knott's management made it come alive. Walter Knott would be happy.

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