Beginning today, Easter Sunday, Walt Disney World guests no longer have to wait hours upon hours to meet the popular characters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s hit film “Frozen” – if they plan ahead.
The duo has moved from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom in Princess Fairytale Hall, paired up with another princess. At Epcot, lines stretched far beyond the Norway pavilion boundaries, with guests waiting upwards of 4 hours to meet Anna and Elsa. Now at the Magic Kingdom, Disney is offering the option to book FastPass+ reservations to skip the wait entirely, though there are most definitely still some bugs to work out of the system, which is still in testing. (More on that below.)
From the moment the park opened today, it was clear that the “Frozen” stars will be the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attraction for the foreseeable future, likely drawing even more attention than the nearby Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, nearly ready to open. A 3-hour wait formed nearly instantaneously when the park opened, adding another hour to that time by 1pm. But those who booked a FastPass+ reservation when they became available 60 days ago (30 days ago for annual passholders), could be admitted to see Anna and Elsa with little to no wait.
Video: “Frozen” Anna and Elsa move to Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom
Princess Fairytale Hall has two sides, currently featuring Cinderella and Rapunzel in one plus Anna and Elsa together and a final “visiting Princess” in the last spot. Guests can wait in line for one side or the other, not both. Likewise, FastPass+ reservations must be made separately for each side.
Today it was clear who the popular princesses were, with Cinderella and Rapunzel only having a 15 minute wait while the posted wait time early in the morning for Anna and Elsa was 3 hours. Those who didn’t make FastPass+ reservations when they became available on MyDisneyExperience.com 1-2 months ago or at an in-park kiosk first thing in the morning (with extremely limited availability) had to wait in the standby line.
But regardless of how guests got in, everyone was delighted to meet Anna and Elsa inside. There is no “Frozen” backdrop, as Anna and Elsa are simply visiting this royal meeting area, part of the Cinderella Castle courtyard. But the pair seems happy to be there for now, until Disney can build something more permanent back in Epcot’s Norway.
However, FastPass+ is a new system and there are definitely still glitches to be worked out, as I discovered today.