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New “Frozen Ever After” ride debuts at Epcot with amazing animatronics, replaces Maelstrom in Norway

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Disney’s new “Frozen Ever After” ride opened its doors today for the first time, welcoming guests into the world of Arendelle at Epcot.

The ride replaces the former Maelstrom attraction in the theme park’s Norway pavilion and largely follows the same flow – but with all new scenes featuring favorites from “Frozen.” While the exterior waterfall no longer offers a glimpse inside the ride, there are many new magical moments throughout.

Check it all out on our full ride through video below:

And here’s a video of just the Elsa “Let it Go” sequence (due to copyright claims, we had to add another track on top…but it’s pretty, so roll with it):

And here’s a video of the full queue:

For those looking to meet the iconic sisters for yourself, you can also check them out in the Royal Sommerhus meet-and-greet. We have video for you right here:

The Frozen Ever After attraction replaced the previous classic ride Maelstrom. Check out our tribute video to it below

The ride has commanded quite a lot of attention already, with a line stretching well into China (how often do you get to write that?) and creating wait times in excess of 5 hours!

We’ll have more from the new “Frozen” ride later, so keep checking back.

Do you think Frozen Ever After is a worthy replacement for Maelstrom? Chime in below!

7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the post and for the ride thru. It looks like an alright ride and I acknowledge that it will attract more kids than the theme and tone of Maelstrom…but I’m still gonna miss Maelstrom and am sad it was already closed by the time I got there last year. I would’ve liked to see them keep the big troll from Maelstrom and try to integrate it in somehow, but this works alright and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

    Oh well, time marches on.

  2. (and lest the tone of my post come off as “hateful”, I truly am impressed by this ride and I look forward to riding it next time I’m down there….kudos to the production team of Imagineers, cast and crew that made it happen….it looks great!)

  3. EricJ

    (Oaken :) “Ja, you is not the first to come this way…Nor is you going to be da last, I know it!”

    1. lol…love it Eric

  4. Breanna

    From the video I saw earlier today, it looks as if the animatronic Olaf in the first scene is not working correctly.

    1. Eric

      The Olaf in the beginning was working correctly but it broke and the ride broke down becasue of it. I guess they figured to just reopen the ride with a broken Olaf instead of sending a queue of 5 hrs away. Still a great looking ride.

  5. Brett

    Seems very rushed and just a way to shoehorn more frozen mania on property. It also has no place in a cultural pavilion. This is my opinion of course.

    The story of the ride also seems to make little sense, especially the let it go bit.

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