Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! I have tons of Frozen fun to share, but to start let’s pop over to Epcot. While the weather has been incredibly hot, the skies have been beautiful! Check out those blue skies and fluffy white clouds!
I wasn’t just there to admire the skies, though. I’d heard online that personalized bottles of Coke were available for free. It wasn’t something I was excited about but I wanted to check it out for you guys. I got there about 15 minutes before the posted start time thinking I’d beat the rush. As you can see from the photo below, I could not have been more wrong! There must have been 100 people in line! I quickly decided that Coke bottles were not newsworthy and moved on.
Next, I stopped by the construction going on where Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House was set up for Flower and Garden Festival. I’ve heard online that there was a water main break in this area that caused a great deal of damage. It must be true because they’ve been working for quite a while.
Here’s a closer look. I’ll keep you guys updated on progress. I can’t wait for this area to get cleaned up!
Keeping with the “construction” theme, I’d heard that the Imagination fountains were under renovation. These fountains were a big part of my childhood, so I wasn’t thrilled to see them torn apart. If you aren’t familiar with them, these fountains appear to jump from one pad to another. Here’s what it looks like:
I spent hours getting drenched in these fountains as a kid! Visiting as an adult it makes me appreciate how much my Mom likely didn’t want to deal with a soaking wet kid, and even more how much my Dad likely didn’t want to hold that soaking wet kid over his head to get even wetter! Did you play in these fountains? Or do your kids now? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! And, good news: the fountains are all put back together and look absolutely perfect! Here’s a nice view for you:
The last piece of news I’d heard about at Epcot was the Wonders of Life Pavilion opening up for the World Cup. I stopped by a little before lunch time, and it was still looking abandoned. I didn’t see anyone report that it was ever opened. Did anyone see it open?
So who’s ready to head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for some long awaited Frozen Summer Fun coverage? I was so excited to go see everything for myself. To start you’ll notice the Frozen gals have taken over some real estate from Beauty and the Beast on the entrance sign.
And they didn’t stop there! There are almost too many signs for the event all over Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can’t go anywhere without seeing them. On the other hand, it’s pretty amazing to see the Studios really invested into something besides Star Wars Weekends. Spoiler alert: I love, love, love this event! The best part is the cast at the Studios have really invested into it. Everyone I encountered was proud and beaming about the event.
Just after the security bag check you’ll find this Olaf sandman. Of course, that is assuming he survives the crazy afternoon showers we’ve been getting daily!
But if the sandman doesn’t make it, there is always Olaf on a stick! They are distributed at several stations throughout the park at no charge. Below is my Olaf posing with the crowds waiting to get into the park. I anticipated having to really fight for tickets to the Frozen Sing-a-Long show, so I was there bright and early to stake my claim.
There was a very brief countdown to open the park, and then I ran to the Premier Theater. Really, I ran! I was so proud of myself when I arrived to the theater. There was nobody there! I had beaten them all. I snagged a ticket to the 12:30pm show and waited to see what it was like when they crowds hit. But the crowds never came. I waited until 9:15am, and maybe 20 tickets were claimed in all that time. I decided to go see if I could find where everyone went. There were a few small lines at merchandise carts.
While I was wondering around I noticed the billboard at Sci-Fi Dine-In was blank! Does anyone remember what it used to be? I think I remember an octopus?
Next I popped into Oaken’s Trading Post to check out what they had going on for merchandise. It was very crowded! I don’t know why they put this market in such a small space. Here’s some of the merchandise. They have everything you could ever want in stock here. It’s a little girl’s dream.
Here’s a view inside the market place. This video was taken in the evening but gives you an idea of what the crowds are like here. There’s no sense rushing; it seems like it’s a zoo all day. The best part is when a register opens they make that little noise Oaken makes to greet people. It’s really fun!
Next I visited the Funland they’ve setup next door. It’s so deliciously chilly in this area, I bet around 65 degrees or so! I’ll miss having this space to cool off when the event ends. Here’s the little refreshment bar they have set up inside.
And here are the featured items on that menu! I think I’ll have to try these… for you, of course! Any preference which one?
A skating rink is also in this space. There was no way I was trying this out! But a kid came along and scraped the ice with his skate to show me it was real. Can you believe they are able to keep this frozen in Florida in July? You can’t see in the photo, but on the wall behind the rink snowflakes are projected to make it look like it’s snowing. There’s a very magical feeling in the building.
Next to the rink there’s a big snow filled play area. What you’re looking at is actual, frozen snow. It was cold to even stand near it. This area filled up quickly, so it makes sense to go play early before there’s a line.
You’ll also find a photo backdrop in the building. There are several more around the park, but this is the only one indoors.
I poked around a bit until it was time for the Frozen Sing-a-Long. I’d assumed this was going to be packed, but they still had tickets for the show when I arrived to get in line. Your mileage may vary, of course, but it seems like you don’t have to stress about getting into this show. If you do want to get tickets early, you’ll only need to send one person from your party to collect them. They were allowing a single person to get enough tickets for a family.
The first four center rows are taken up with the paid package, but I was able to get good seats just by waiting. In my personal opinion I don’t think the paid package is worth it. I skipped the parade (you can see it here) but was able to get a great view of everything else without paying.
This show is what every little girl dreams about. Remember the old Disney Sing-a-Long tapes? The show is one of those tapes brought to life. I will warn you that the characters are a very small part of the show. Anna comes out to greet everyone but then realizes that Elsa is missing and goes to find her.
In the meantime a couple royal subjects retell the story of Frozen. These actors are wildly talented and keep the show fun for kids and adults. In between their storytelling, the songs are played with the movie projected on a big screen. Everyone is encouraged to sing a long! I didn’t take video because I’ve heard most are getting muted on YouTube, but I can imagine lots of parents are recording this show for kids to watch over and over.
You should have heard the girls howl when Kristoff showed up on stage! It was one of the best parts. The other highlight for me was watching all the little girls sing “Let It Go.” When the song was over you could here them all begging for it to be played again throughout the crowd.
Of course, at the end Elsa is reunited with her sister, and the entire audience is declared honorary citizens of Arendelle.
And much to the delight of every little girl in the theater, we all sang “Let It Go” again while Elsa’s snow fell all around us. I know it isn’t Diagon Alley, but this is something very special. I’m excited to see what this means for the future if Disney can pull something like this together in just a week. I hope this marks the end of Disney’s Hollywood Studios being a half day park. (Or one that just gets skipped all together.)
The last event of the night is the dance party in front of the hat. The crowd forms so early that the best I could do was a stroll by from the front. You can see it’s a little extreme.
Maybe that’s because themed bars are readily available around the stage. I didn’t try any of these, but they seemed to be popular with the crowd.
As the evening comes to an end, Frozen fireworks light up the sky. We went looking for a spot about 15 minutes before showtime and were shocked to find every spot along the street taken! I was about to give up and watch from outside the park when I remembered the spot by Gertie. It was wide open and provided a great view. Here’s the show finale:
After the fireworks snow started falling. Here is a quick video:
I hate those fake snow machines, but this was magical. Even my hubby said he wants to be back to see the fireworks again soon. Overall, Disney has done a stellar job with this event. Does anyone have any questions about it? Please let me know in the comments below. I’m happy to respond or go find the answer for you.
If you’re heading to Disney World next week, here’s a look at what you can expect:
Crowd Calendar: Can you believe crowd levels won’t be over an 8? With summer being one of the busiest times of year that isn’t too bad! There are even some 4 and 5 days creeping in at Epcot. Be sure you use the crowd calendar to pick the best days to visit!
Weather: Expect it to be mostly sunny with a chance of the apocalypse. Seriously, the afternoon showers have gotten downright violent! Be sure you pack serious rain gear or just plan to take a break when the storms come through. A monorail was hit by lightening this week and 120 people had to evacuate through the roof! Be careful, y’all!
Here’s my top tip for this week: In the summer more than any other time of year it makes sense to take a break in the middle of the day. If you don’t want to take a nap find a cool spot to rest your feet. It’s tough out there! Don’t forget to reapply that sunblock.
It isn’t long before I’ll be heading back to Disneyland for my solo trip! Since I’m on my own, it’s all about you! What would you like to see? Do you have questions or requests? Let me know in the comments below.
Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!