In ancient Epcot there weren’t too many traditional “rides,” that has changed over the last few decades but one ride that has been there for almost thirty years is “Maelstrom,” found in Norway’s pavilion.
Since Maelstrom was first installed Epcot itself has changed dramatically and so has Disney’s connection to the wintery wonderland of Norway thanks to the 2013 blockbuster “Frozen.”
Over the next few years, a new “Frozen” themed-ride in Norway will most likely make the country THE star attraction for kids walking about Epcot’s promenade of cultures.
The new ride will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristof and Olaf, as well as a host of other characters from the popular film. The new ride will be called “Frozen Ever After” and you can bet that Disney Imagineers will be hard at work over the next few months creating the most wonderful new addition possible.
Disney described the attraction stating, ““Frozen Ever After,” is an adventure fit for the entire family that will take guests through the kingdom of Arendelle. The fantastic Disney storytelling combined with new technology and favorite moments and music from the film will make guests feel like they stepped into the magical world of “Frozen.”
The company continued by stating that guests “will be transported to the Winter in Summer Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. They will also visit Elsa’s Ice Palace and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain along with other locations before returning to the Bay of Arendelle.”
The WSJ Speakeasy team reported the addition earlier today after they were given a tour with Kathy Mangum of Walt Disney World Resort. “What we try to do is take you back to the movie without retelling that story,” Ms. Mangum told WSJ describing “Frozen Ever After.” “This is a celebration of the characters, a way for guests who love the film to experience it in a completely different way.”
The company stopped short of detailing the entire ride or the tech behind the attraction, but did mention that a few new lyrics will be in-place over former Frozen melodies to tie-in the Norway location to the new set-pieces.
Don’t expect a “skin-change,” from the earlier reports it appears that almost every inch of Maelstrom will be reinvented, with new attractions, technology and designs to bring the world of Frozen to life like never before.