Chances are if you’re a Disney fan, you have a very strong opinion about Frozen, and its presence in the parks. The following list details fine things to love and hate about this movie, all of which are ironically things that can easily be either loved or hated. For the most part, I dislike Frozen’s increased presence in the theme parks. To me, there are places where adding a little extra Frozen makes sense, but overall I don’t feel as though there should be as much Frozen as there is in the Florida parks. Of course, that’s only my opinion, and you may read this list and see all of the items as things to love about Frozen.
If you’re a fan of Frozen, you’re probably very excited to know that merchandise for this film can be found pretty much anywhere in Walt Disney World. Regardless of which park you’re in, and even at many of the resorts, there is no shortage of Frozen merchandise, and you should have no problem coming across whatever it is you’re looking for. On the contrary, if you’re not so crazy about the Frozen presence in the theme parks, you may be a little bit annoyed to see this merchandise creeping into some of your favorite shops. While I will admit that I love Frozen, I would also be okay if it would be toned down just a little bit in the parks. I just prefer that movies do not have so much of a presence in World Showcase if that makes sense.
5. New Attractions
In general, new attractions are a plus according to any Disney fan. Even if whatever new attraction that’s coming out is based on some movie that I have no interest in seeing, I’m still usually excited to get any kind of new attraction. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about all of the Frozen attractions. I am fine with the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration attraction at Hollywood Studios and the Meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus in Epcot. What I am still a little bummed about is the Frozen Ever After attraction that took over of the boat ride in Epcot, previously occupied by the Maelstrom.
4. Meet and Greets
I love meet and greets, and I love when they’re in a dedicated, well designed space, that fits them well and adds to the story. I think that the Royal Sommerhus does just that, and it’s a great place to stop by and visit Anna and Elsa while in Epcot. This meet and greet is very well done, and I think that it was an excellent addition to that area of the park. Keep in mind, this meet and greet does not have a FastPass option so you’ll want to be sure to schedule time to meet these popular sisters.
3. Not Just a Seasonal Thing Anymore
If you haven’t been to the parks recently, or if you went for a certain set of holidays, like Christmas for instance, you might be under the impression that the overwhelming about of Frozen in the parks was a seasonal thing. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you enjoy more Frozen in the parks), that’s simply not the case. Frozen’s large presence in the parks is a year-round thing, with extra promotions taking place in winter and summer seasons.
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2. Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party
Formerly known as the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party, Frozen now takes center stage of this party. Still serving desserts, alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, and offering a reserved viewing area for Illumnations, everything has shifted to a Frozen-inspired theme. The treats even feature favorite Frozen characters! Plus, a new addition – guests will be escorted to the very popular Frozen Ever After attraction for an included ride. Reserve your spot well in advance and expect to pay around $79 per adult and $47 per child.
1. It’s Everywhere
My number one thing to love (or hate) about Frozen is pretty simple—it’s everywhere. Whether or not you like it, Frozen is all over the Disney parks. I personally wish Disney would scale back some of the Frozen ideas in the park, but I can see why others really enjoy it, and why it makes sense from a business standpoint. Business-wise, Disney is really just going with what’s popular. Even interest in Frozen from guests suggests that Frozen should have a presence in the parks. Guests who are not planning on visiting again for another ten years might love that Frozen is everywhere, just because it might not be there the next time those guests get to visit.