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After months behind construction walls, the lobby at the Polynesian Village Resort has now re-opened. The new lobby now features a much smaller waterfall and lots more seating space, which will surely delight all the guests waiting to check in.
Take a look below for a video walk through of the lobby and plenty of of pictures.
The lobby decor is still very “island” inspired with lots of warm colors and dark wood but now more airy and open. Though the re-modeled lobby has now been unveiled, to both negative and positive feedback from fans, it is not completely finished yet.
A large Tiki statue is supposed to be placed by the waterfall later this year and hopefully give the lobby a bit more of a themed look, as many seems to feel like that is missing. For now, we have the wonderful Christmas decorations to look at, with a large Christmas tree taking center stage by the waterfall.
Compare what’s there now to the concept art of what it will look like when complete:
For the last couple weeks of December each year, the Once Upon a Christmastime parade normally performed at night during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party becomes a daytime parade included with park admission.
This year, “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff are added to the parade along with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz. And from Disney’s upcoming live action “Cinderella” movie, a golden carriage makes its way through the park as a new pre-parade for the holiday season.
Video: Cinderella live action movie carriage pre-parade at Walt Disney World Video: Magic Kingdom Christmas daytime parade 2014 with Frozen floats at Walt Disney World
The popularity of “Frozen” has prompted Disneyland to expand its entertainment offerings based on the smash hit film. At Disney California Adventure by day, guests can meet and greet with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. But by night, Hollywood Land transforms into the Freeze the Night party, bringing a little something for all ages.
Freeze the Night follows in the footsteps of Mad T Party, ElecTRONica, and Glow Fest, adding dancing, drinking, and other unique entertainment to the Hollywood Land area of the park.
Parks and Cons was there to capture the debut of Freeze the Night, sharing video with us below.
Freeze the Night Frozen Fun party tour at Disneyland
It all kicks off with a performance by the Ice Breakers dancers, featuring a familiar “Frozen” song at the beginning before launching into a few other routines. Elsa’s snow monster Marshmallow then appears on screen as two MC’s on stage officially open the night’s events, with DJ-driven dance music filling the air.
Video: Freeze the Night party debut with dancers, Marshmallow in Frozen Fun event at Disneyland
One of the most popular features of Freeze the Night is a meet-and-greet with Marshmallow, appearing as an inflatable puppet – but quite the lifelike one. Olaf also continues to meet throughout the evening event.
Digital projections are used to enhance the “icy” feeling of the area, complete with snowy footsteps appearing on the ground.
There’s a food truck for those who are hungry and plenty of beverages, alcoholic and non, to keep everyone dancing the night away.
Ice carvers perform on stage throughout the night, creating some familiar “Frozen” faces.
Freeze the Night isn’t overwhelmingly “Frozen.” Though it opens with a song from the film, the DJ does not play any of the movie’s soundtrack, instead choosing standard dance tunes. But DJs do get to have a little more interactivity with the crowd now, stepping away from their headphones to chat with the crowd.
But there is a bit more “Frozen” music to be found, as a live performance of “Let It Go” is part of the Freeze the Night party.
Ultimately, the event’s atmosphere is lively and energetic, much like its predecessors, and will surely draw crowds of adults and children alike, whether fans of “Frozen” or those simply looking for a little nighttime fun.
Tonight Disneyland debuted the new Freeze the Night party at Disney California Adventure, a “Frozen” themed nighttime event that has replaced the Mad T Party in the Hollywood Land area of the park.
In addition to featuring a DJ and dancers (like its predecessors), the biggest surprise to arrive in Freeze the Night is a meet and greet with Marshmallow, the snow monster that Elsa conjures up in “Frozen.” The inflatable character doesn’t walk around, but does move its body and arms around via puppeteers, instantly becoming a popular photo op.
Video: Marshmallow character debut at Disneyland
Thanks to Parks and Cons for the video and photos! Check back for more from Freeze the Night later.
Today Disneyland begins previews of the new Frozen Fun entertainment offerings that will officially debut in early January.
Following yesterday’s introduction of Arendelle miniature buildings into the Storybook Canal Boats ride, Disney California Adventure today brought out Olaf for the first time to meet and greet with theme park guests.
Located in the Hollywood Land section of the park, the line to meet Olaf stretched over an hour early in the morning as the first fans were excited to see him. Though Olaf has already appeared at Walt Disney World, the Florida parks don’t offer a meet-and-greet with him, so Disneyland guests had the first chance to get a picture with the “Frozen” snowman.
Anna and Elsa are also now meeting guests at Disney California Adventure in the Animation building, rather than at Disneyland. FastPass return tickets are available for the “Frozen” sisters.
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