Disney's latest animated movie, Frozen, has proven to be a huge success at the box office - and rumors are swirling that attractions based on the film are on their to way to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Frozen, of course, already has a presence at both resorts. Lead characters Anna and Elsa have been meeting-and-greeting guests at a snow-capped spot in Disneyland's Fantasyland since October, and have also been putting in appearances at Epcot's Norway Pavilion. The movie also featured heavily in the World of Color - Winter Dreams nighttime show at Disney California Adventure.
Given the movie's success, it was inevitable that rumors would soon start to swirl about actual rides and shows based on Frozen. So far, Disney's Imagineers are said to be working on at least three concepts - and possibly more. Here's a round-up of what might be in store!
1. Frozen boat ride (Epcot)
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Earlier this month, Screamscape reported that "WDI has been given the initial nod to do a little Blue Sky dreaming to determine just how they could transform the Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion into a new Frozen themed attraction concept."
Long-time Disney commentator Jim Hill later chimed in on the Touring Plans podcast, saying: "They're already looking at 2014/2015 and where does that fit into our holiday plans. Those of you who love the Maelstrom might want to go visit it...Disney's not going to make the mistake they made with The Little Mermaid again. They're not going to wait 20 years to get a ride...there will be something in the next 18 months."
Maelstrom is one of few rides in the World Showcase area of Epcot. This forward/backward flume ride sets guests in Norse viking ships on a cruise through a troll-inhabited swamp, past Nordic polar bears, and into the oil refinement industry of present-day Norway before culminating in a short film on the region's contributions to technology.
Frozen is a great fit with the Norway Pavilion, given that Norway was the inspiration for the movie itself. And take a look at these two images - the first of the Norway Pavilion, the second of the kingdom of Arendelle from Frozen:
Reusing the Maelstrom ride system and Norway building would save a huge amount of money in the development of the attraction - so we consider this one to be pretty likely to go ahead - even if Disney's recent track record suggests that an opening date within 18 months is optimistic.
2. Frozen dark ride (Epcot and Disneyland)
Hill went on to say: "Supposedly there's something larger in the works for Disneyland but that's in line behind the Marvel and the Star Wars stuff." Screamscape also suggests that Imagineering may also be handed a larger budget at Epcot, enabling them to strip out Maelstrom entirely and replace it with a trackless dark ride similar to the soon-to-open Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy at Walt Disney Studios, Paris.
The rumors suggest that the ride would be themed as a sleigh ride across a frozen, wilderness landscape. That could mean scenes involving Elsa transforming objects into ice, as well as an enormous animatronic snow monster.
3. Frozen musical show (Disneyland)
Back in December, Inside the Magic reported on another ongoing, Frozen-related project for Disneyland. In this case, it's a musical show, which could replace the long-running Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular.
Aladdin has been given a stay of execution once before, when Disney pulled plans to replace it with a musical based on Toy Story in 2011. The latest rumored replacement won't open until 2015, if the report is to be believed.
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