Frozen debuted in 2013 with much fanfare. Moviegoers went crazy over this sister-sister duo with Kristoff and their lovable friends Sven and Olaf. People just couldn’t get enough of them!
Folks almost broke the internet with all of the “Let it Go” car sing-along videos, and Disney was bombarded with little girls wanting to meet the new princesses and even dress like them.
I think that Frozen was just a tad bit more popular than Disney imagined, so they had to quickly get to work to bring these characters to the parks. As such, the characters were moved around frequently as three of the Disney parks were undergoing construction.
Now, I am happy to report that Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff have at least semi-permanent homes. It’s rumored that Sven will even find a home in Animal Kingdom soon.
Let’s break it down by park.
If you want to experience the songs and stories you love, head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for First time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration. This show, which is held in Hyperion Theater, gives Arendelle’s Royal Historians the opportunity to loosely retell the story of their famous princesses while weaving in some of your favorite songs. Although this is geared towards the younger demographic, the historians throw in a few jokes that are over the kids’ heads, so you’ll be entertained too.
The stage formerly known as Superstar Television Theater is huge and can seat almost 2,000 people. Being a Tier 2 FastPass+ attraction puts it in he same category as Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Unless the Tower of Terror isn’t your thing, I wouldn’t spend a FP+ here. You’re almost guaranteed a seat even if you show up just before the show starts.
Besides the sing-along, guests can also meet Olaf at the Celebrity Spotlight in the Echo Lake district. Despite the fact that this snowman is loved by all, the wait is only about 10 minutes to meet him. That’s probably due to his meet and greet location being kind of hidden.
Epcot is now the exclusive location for Anna and Elsa. Guests can meet them at the Royal Summerhaus, which is themed like Anna and Elsa’s summer retreat. Thanks to some Disney magic, the wait times have decreased significantly since the sisters first appeared in Princess Fairytale Hall. Now, you’ll only have to wait about 20 minutes to meet them. Although they’re in the same room, you will meet them separately, and you’ll get to spend more quality time with them than what was available at the Fairytale Hall.
Also in Epcot, the Frozen Ever After ride recently took over the old Maelstrom location in the Norway Pavilion. This attraction has become super popular and regularly has a 90-minute or more wait time. If you want to cut your wait time down, try arriving at rope drop and quickly heading back to World Showcase or ride at the end of the night. This might mean that you miss IllumiNations, but if your little one loves Frozen, it’s probably worth it.
Alternatively, you can try to get an Advanced Dining Reservation at Akershus Banquet Hall in the early morning. As long as you’re finished eating by 8:50AM, you’ll have the opportunity to be one of the first in line.
The Festival of Fantasy parade, which occurs every afternoon at 3pm, has fun new floats, Fantasyland Characters, and original music. Look for Anna and Elsa on the float with Cinderella, Belle, and Tiana.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, the new castle show, also puts Anna and Elsa in the spotlight when Mickey invites the sisters and their friend Olaf to join them for a party. The dancing, special effects, and music will keep you dancing and singing throughout the show and afterwards!
A Frozen Holiday Wish is another fun stage show with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf. Guests can see the show at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or during the general public showings at 6:15 PM and 7:30 PM on regular park days. At the end of the show, Elsa transforms the castle into a beautiful ice palace! This is a sight you won’t want to miss.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, of which Anna and Elsa are a part, can be seen by the general public at 12 PM and 3:30 PM from December 20 to December 31 and at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Although these are great ways to see Anna and Elsa, you won’t actually get to meet the character in Magic Kingdom.
Blizzard Beach water park is a winter wonderland, and now they’re holding their own summer Olympic games called Frozen Games. Guests can sign up for this free (included with your park admission) activity at the park entrance and choose either Team Kristoff or Team Olaf. All-day activities include ice pail relays, slide races, a snowball toss, and ski pole limbo.
Throughout the day, Kristoff and Olaf will check in and cheer on their teams, and they’ll also be present for the opening and closing ceremonies. The Frozen Games run from May 27th to August 21st.
Although there’s no official word yet, the rumor mill says that Sven’s Family Friends will have their own meet and pet experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Hopefully this attraction will be coming soon!
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