Disney’s “Frozen” animated film has taken the world’s kids and adults alike by storm since its debut in 2013. While families flock to movie theaters and television screens to take in the instant classic film, there’s another way for fans to experience “Frozen”. In Orlando, at Disney World, fans can meet the Frozen princesses in person.
It is rare that a Disney film features two Disney princesses and depending on which child you ask, one’s favorite princess will differ between Elsa and Anna. Throw in the sister dynamic between the two main characters and millions of little girls have become enamored with the Frozen princesses. But, it’s not just little girls. Because of the film’s wide array of characters like Olaf and Kristoff, little boys love the film as well. Moreover, the extraordinary music helps draw in the adult fans.
Disney hit a home run with its Frozen movie and you can expect the company to continue to leverage the characters of Anna, Elsa and the others in many more ways to capitalize on the immense worldwide popularity of the film. Disney’s longtime model of leveraging their popular films to create theme park experiences will be fully visible with Frozen.
So, how can fans meet the Frozen princesses? Until recently, the way to meet Elsa and Anna was to head to Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. The experience was very difficult to get into with lines lasting all day. If you’re not staying at a Disney property, you can’t enter the park until 9:00am. Even if you’re the first into the park at this time and you sprint to the Norway pavilion, you’ll still encounter lines up to 6 and 7 hours in length. How? Because Disney allows the hotel guests into the park an hour early. If you’re staying at a Disney hotel, you had access into Epcot an hour early and of course, these guests went straight to Norway to meet Elsa and Anna.
As of April 2014, to meet the Frozen princesses, you will now have to head to Magic Kingdom. The princesses will be joining the other characters at Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall. So, can you expect a better experience as a result of the move from Epcot to Magic Kingdom? The answer is a resounding yes, and that is because the Disney FastPass is an option for the Princess Fairytale Hall. As such, rather than spending the entire day waiting in line to meet the princesses, you can obtain a FastPass and return at the designated time for entry into the experience. Fathers of little girls tasked with the responsibility of waiting in line for 6 hours will appreciate the ability to utilize Disney’s FastPass system now.
It’s likely that the Frozen princesses become as much of a main stay for the Disney brand as the historical characters of Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Belle. Elsa and Anna are the obsessions of the next generation of Disney’s fans, and Disney indeed understands how to maximize the opportunity. You can expect kids to line up to meet the Frozen princesses for years to come. Maybe Disney will allow guests to meet Olaf as well at some point?