Before we get any further in this blog post, let us all pause and shed a single tear for the wonderful ride that was MAELSTROM. 😢
Yes, forever shall it be missed. I still, when riding Gran Fiesta - even while I enjoy the antics of the Three Caballeros - hear whispered echos of the old El Rio del Tiempo script.
Let's be real. I'm probably the one whispering them.
So I have no doubt that "Back, back, over the falls!" will always be playing in my mind when I ride Frozen Ever After.
"All things must change, to something new, to something strange." I am not going to let the fact that I miss Maelstrom keep me from enjoying Frozen Ever After, which I do think is a beautiful and fun and well-done ride.
It's when they someday replace Impressions de France with some soulless merchandising promotion, that's when I'm going to really get upset. 😉
ANYway, anyone who landed on this page solely to read about the new FROZEN ride in Epcot's Norway Pavilion is by now thoroughly confused and on the verge of giving up, so let's LET IT GO and get on to the new ride!
75 minutes standby. No joke.
Now is the ride worth waiting 75+ minutes in line? Probably not. Is it worth planning ahead and booking a Fastpass+ as early as you can? Definitely.
Epcot has the tiered Fastpass+ thing, so you might feel a moment's qualm: do I really choose Elsa & Anna over Soarin'? Yes, you do. Especially now that the new Soarin' "around the world" no longer feels like you're soaring over anything, it just feels like a digital movie on a big screen...but that's a story for another day!
We made our FP+ well in advance and actually got Frozen Ever After on two different days - you can watch our ride-through/reactions above!
The village where you used to exit the ride is now where you get ON the ride! You go through Oaken's Trading Post if you're in the standby.
(You know what, we can shed just one more Maelstrom tear here, because that fabulously dated movie with the kid and the viking ship and the random ballerinas is gone...😔)
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Kingdom is invited to a Summer Snow Day Celebration!
I seriously loved the art on this poster at the FP+ entrance...
Sorry! Back to the ride! So Elsa is inviting everyone to Arendelle for some snow day fun. Don't be fooled by this thin excuse for a plot. This ride is just Frozen brainwashing, but like other forms of Disney brainwashing, it's immersive, detailed, full of your favorite songs (I dare you not to sing along to Let It Go when Elsa sends you back, back over the...ice castle), and it's just really really pretty!
Can you spot the mouse ears in the above photo?
SNOWGIEEEEEES!!! They're my favorite.
I liked the characters and their movement a lot better than I thought I was going to from photos etc. online - when you approached Elsa it was really exciting. Although as we were whizzing down the snowy mountain, I couldn't help but think...WHY didn't they leave that polar bear in here? C'mon. He wouldn't fit in perfectly. Alas, not meant to be.
I'm glad to report the gift shop troll is still around, and I recently saw on a friend's instagram that there's a really cute Maelstrom banner in the Sommerhus (I looked it up. That is spelled right.) where you meet Anna and Elsa.
So what do you guys think of the new ride? Share your thoughts down in the comments!