According to sources who are reporting information shared by Jim Hill, Disney historian, and Len Testa, owner of Touring Plans web site, Disney management is planning for a new theme park attraction based on the blockbuster movie “Frozen.”
Disney’s “Frozen” has been a runaway success and has earned more than a cool $300 million in the USA alone since it first premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on November 19, 2013. It’s earned more than $700 million dollars worldwide.
The Norway pavilion already provides a taste of the “Frozen” movie in that you can meet-and-greet with the Elsa and Anna, characters from the movie. That character greeting often has very long lines. You can also pick up some “Frozen” themed merchandise around the Norway pavilion.
No Little Mermaid Mistake
Jim said that Disney management didn’t want to wait 20 years after a blockbuster movie to build an attraction, as they did for “The Little Mermaid.” That movie opened in 1989, and its associated attractions opened in 2011 in the case of Disney’s California Adventure (The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure) and its twin attraction in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, which opened in 2012 (Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid).
When Might A New Attraction Arrive?
When might we see this new attraction? Jim suggested a 2014 / 2015 timeline that works with Disney’s holiday planning.
Jim mentioned that a new “Frozen” attraction could take over the current Maelstrom boat ride.
In a way, it is exciting to think that World Showcase could get a new attraction. It’s also a bit sad that the location has to be Norway, since Maelstrom is one of the few rides hosted by an Epcot country. I think the only other World Showcase ride is the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in the Mexico pavilion. Everything else around World Showcase is a show or a movie.
Would you like to see a “Frozen” attraction in Epcot?