Posts Tagged ‘Frozen’

Frozen Out: Searching for an Elsa doll at Disney World

by on April 10, 2014

Elsa doll Disney World

Searching for an Elsa doll or toy at Disney World? Join the club! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

My family up north doesn’t necessarily share or understand my theme park obsessions, but every so often they call upon my Orlando expertise. Recently, my young niece lost her mind over Frozen (much like half of America, it seems) and wants an Elsa doll more than life itself.

Unfortunately, it seems Barbie-sized “Sparkle Princess” figures of this frigid sister are scarcer than snowmen in summer, as toy stores throughout the New York and Philadelphia regions are chronically out of stock. So I gallantly volunteered to play the heroic uncle by finding one and bringing it to her during my upcoming visit. Surely it would be simple to find an Elsa doll inside one of Walt Disney World’s infinite gift shops…or so I foolishly thought.

I was so wrong.

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FastPass+ Tips for Annual Pass Vouchers and Frozen Meet and Greet

by on March 25, 2014

As I’ve detailed in my recent blog posts, navigating Walt Disney World now that FastPass+ has fully rolled out for Annual Passholders is a whole new adventure that seems to evolve on a daily basis. Here are some updated FastPass+ tips on two of the hottest topics among users of My Disney Experience and the associated MyMagic+ programs: Annual Pass vouchers and the new Frozen meet and greet.

FastPass+ Tips for Annual Pass Vouchers

New FastPass+ tips for Annual Pass vouchers and Frozen meet and greet (photos by Seth Kubersky)

New FastPass+ tips for Annual Pass vouchers and Frozen meet and greet (photos by Seth Kubersky)

One of the most frequently asked questions in the comments to my recent blog posts has been if Annual Pass vouchers that have not yet been activated can be tied to a My Disney Experience account for FastPass+ access. This is important to guests who wish to purchase an annual pass in advance of their visit to make FastPass+ reservations without having the 365-day timer on their ticket start ticking until their arrival. Multiple readers have reported inputing their voucher number as a linked admission pass in My Disney Experience, and being unsuccessful in attempts to then make FastPass+ reservations.

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Frozen’s Anna and Elsa Moving To Magic Kingdom

by on March 14, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenYay! No more standing out in the blazing sun at the Norway Pavilion!

With lines commonly running from two to three hours, even seeing as long as five hour waits, Disney has decided to move Anna and Elsa from Frozen out of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot over to the Magic Kingdom to meet with guests.

The sisters will be relocated to the Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland starting on April 20. This means that guests will also be able to make FastPass+ reservations to meet the sisters. (Keep in mind, this will likely be the hottest ticket in town. FastPass+ reservations are going to go extremely quick for the opportunity to meet these two.)

With this change, Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall. (And if rumors are correct, these two will likely be greeting guests together now. Anna and Elsa will likely be greeting with a visiting Princess. These are just rumors, as of now.)

Also, keep in mind that Anna and Elsa’s meet and greet opportunity will last only until the early evening. After that time, other visiting Disney Princesses will be available to greet guests.

I could see this change coming from a mile away. The Norway Pavilion has become crazy crowded since this meet and greet opened up. With summer rapidly approaching, and with the lines being as long as we’ve seen, I’m not surprised that Disney wanted to find an indoor location for people to wait to meet these two. I visited the pavilion on my most recent trip in February twice, at two different times of the day (early afternoon and early evening), and the area was just packed.

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Frozen Meet and Greet to Continue at Epcot

by on February 10, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenWell, last week, I told you I’d keep you updated on any Anna and Elsa news. I am one to keep my word, and today we have official confirmation from the Disney Parks Blog that the two sisters will not be going anywhere “for the foreseeable future.” (Yay!)

Guests may continue to meet the two at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot in the Princesse Plass area. As a reminder, the meet and greet schedule recently changed. Guests may now meet Anna and Elsa daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  As I previously suggested, if you are looking to meet Anna and Elsa, make sure you enter Epcot at park opening (“rope drop”) and head straight back to the Norway Pavilion. (Wait times here can get quite lengthy really fast!)

For those who are looking to take part in more Frozen fun, make sure to check out the Norsk Kultur gallery, which can be found in the Stave Church (located in the front of the Pavilion). This gallery showcases artifacts that influenced the making of the movie.

In addition, at the Magic Kingdom guests can still enjoy the “Let It Go” portion of the Celebrate the Magic Castle Projection Show. Finally, announced today, when the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade begins in March, guests will be able to catch Anna and Elsa on the Princess Garden Float, which will be the lead float in the new parade.

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Frozen Meet And Greet News

by on February 5, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

With the huge success of Frozen, it’s obvious that people want to meet with Anna and Elsa. This popular meet and greet, found at the Princess Plass in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, has seen typical waits of 2-3 hours.

The last we heard, this meet and greet had been extended to last until January 31. Obviously, we are now in February, and the sisters are still meeting guests. The duo should continue to be located in the pavilion for the foreseeable future. (Though when looking at My Disney Experience, it appears that they are currently only scheduled out for a week at a time.)

Speaking of their schedule, according to Disney, their meet and greet times are changing. Starting on February 9, Anna and Elsa will be greeting guests starting at 9 a.m. and meeting up until 6 p.m. Hopefully this move will help with the two hour plus line. Previously the girls’ schedule would start at 11:00 a.m. The rest of their schedule was: 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., and 6:50 p.m. With this new schedule change, it now appears that Anna and Elsa will be meeting on a continuous basis. Be sure to check a Times Guide or the My Disney Experience app in case things change.

If your child really wants to see these characters, I suggest entering the park at opening (“rope drop”) and heading straight back to the Norway Pavilion.

We’ll keep you posted whenever we find out more about this extremely popular meet and greet.

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Frozen Meet and Greet Extended At Walt Disney World

by on January 3, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenAre you a fan of the movie Frozen? Do your little ones want to meet Anna and Elsa? You are in luck, at least for a little while longer.

The meet and greet was originally supposed to end on January 4, but it has officially been extended to last until January 31. (Rumors indicate that this meet and greet opportunity may eventually be extended past that date, but there is obviously nothing official announced yet.)

This has been one of the most popular meet and greet opportunities in all of the parks, with lines that are extremely long all day. If you want to meet Anna and Elsa, try to do so first thing. Meeting times are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., and 6:50 p.m. Be sure to check a Times Guide or the My Disney Experience app in case things change.

Guests may meet the sisters in the Norway Pavilion at World Showcase in Epcot inside Puffin’s Roost at the Prinsesse Plass.

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Frozen Characters Now Meeting in Norway

by on November 3, 2013

IMG_3818Frozen is slated to be Disney’s next big hit movie, and now guests have the opportunity to meet with two of the stars of the movie, Anna and Elsa. Guests can meet these two beautiful new sisters at Epcot in the Norway Pavilion inside Puffin’s Roost.

Guests enter this location, found next to the Kringla Bakeri, to see a beautifully themed, but relatively small meet and greet area. The line for the attraction is outdoors, so be prepared to wait in the elements. (And to smell the perfume!)

Once you head inside, the room is very warm and inviting, with colors of red and gold, but beyond the large glass windows you can see that it is most definitely a frozen wonderland, featuring a beautiful glacial castle.

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