Back in September, Disney Parks announced that a new Frozen ride will replace the Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion in Disney World's Epcot Center, scheduled to open sometime in 2016. We haven't heard anything about the attraction since then, but today we have the first look photo from this ride, and more details about the attraction, entitled Frozen Ever After. Here's what Disney Imangineering creative executive Kathy Mangum, who oversees the Walt Disney World Resort, had to say in a statement.
"What we try to do is take you back to the movie without retelling that story. This is a celebration of the characters, a way for guests who love the film to experience it in a completely different way."
The ride will not feature any new Frozen songs, but there will be new lyrics to existing songs, written by composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Malestrom ride, which had been open for 27 years, took visitors on a floating log tour through Norwegian mythology and history. The logs and path will remain intact, but everything around it will be different. Frozen Ever After will be set during a winter festival in the summer, where Arendelle residents celebrate their favorite season.
Visitors will get to see part of the ride while waiting in line, walking by the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post where the Oaken trader will be seen clearing steam from the windows and yelling, "Yoo-hoo," which Kathy Mangum considers "scene one" of the ride. After boarding the logs, fans will get to see Olaf and Sven setting up the winter festival premise, before moving on to Troll Valley, where "Grandpappy Troll" tells a group of children how Anna and Kristof first met. After going up a ramp, visitors will next see Olaf ice skating next to Anna, Kristof and Sven, who are all singing, before entering through a set of doors to find Elsa singing the classic "Let It Go" in the ice castle, which is considered the centerpiece of the ride.
Fans will also see the Marshmallow and his Snowgie friends from the short Frozen Fever, before the Marshmallow sings "Let It Go" in time with Elsa before the final scene that includes fireworks and a wave goodbye from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristof. All of the characters mentioned above will be portrayed through animatronic robots with new technology that features projectors behind each of their faces, to give them a more lifelike animated quality. What do you think about the Frozen Ever After ride? Check out the photo below, and stay tuned for more details on the ride before it opens next year.