The Disney Parks Blog announced today that a new Frozen ride will replace Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion in Disney World's Epcot Center. The Maelstrom's last day of operation will be October 5, 2014, with the Frozen attraction scheduled to open sometime in 2016, though the Norway pavilion will remain open in the meantime. Take a look at a piece of concept art below, then read on for more details.
The concept art is part of a new attraction at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season, where Elsa will transform the Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night, starting in November. Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will also be featured in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The parade happens on select nights between November 7 and December 19, before running daily from December 20 to December 31.
In making the announcement, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs released the following statement.
"We've made Frozen a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So I'm pleased to say that we're starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. 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 complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film."
Tom Staggs went on to add that the park is extending certain elements of their Frozen Summer Fun Live! show, where fans can sing along to songs by Anna and Elsa. The Wandering Oaken's will also set up shop near the show, featuring an area where visitors can play in real snow.