Let’s All Slow Down

This post isn’t going to be one that plays into popular opinion in regard to a Frozen-themed attraction replacing Maelstrom.  Most people’s reaction has been to slam Disney for making this decision.  Let’s all step away from the jump to conclusion mat and take a breath.

What has Disney announced besides that a Frozen-themed attraction is coming Norway?  Nothing other than scenes and songs from the movie and that the attraction will close October 5, 2014 and reopen in 2016.  They haven’t announced what the ride will look like, what type of attraction it will be (omni-mover, roller coaster, etc.).  We don’t know what the attraction will look like.  It could be a complete overhaul to keeping the same Maelstrom track with some Frozen theming.  Keep in mind, Test Track had a long refurb and all that was done was adding some lights to the track and a redesign of the waiting area.  This could be the same.  We don’t know.

We also don’t know if it will be Frozen taking over Norway or Frozen being incorporated into Norway.  People want to assume that it will be a Frozen takeover but until plans and more details are announced.  We just don’t know.

Frozen is a very popular movie with both kids and adults.  Like most popular Disney movies, Disney is converting that popularity into attractions, shows, and meet and greets.  This is no different from any other popular movie.  What is different, however, is the time scale.  Disney isn’t waiting to see if Frozen will still be popular 5 years, 10 years, 20 years down the road.  It’s tapping into that popularity now.  It’s not waiting.  Why is that?  People, unlike in the past, want those attractions now.  It doesn’t want to wait.  It’s the way society is going.  Everything needs to be immediate.  Instant gratification.

This puts Disney between a rock and hard place.  If they do decide to wait, they lose people because there isn’t attractions reflecting what’s popular now.  If they don’t wait (like in this case), they lose people because Disney isn’t respecting the past.  It’s a no-win or little-win situation since, in the end, some group of people is going to be upset.  Frozen was the first Disney movie to have a lasting “viral” effect in the general public.  Disney is grappling with how to handle this “viral” phenomenon.

In my opinion, looking 10 years into the future, Frozen along with Anna and Elsa will look like every popular Disney movie within the parks.  It will have an attraction and a meet and greet in Norway along with a show in Hollywood Studios.  This is no different from Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  Belle/Beauty and the Beast has an attraction in Magic Kingdom (Enchanted Tales with Belle), a show in Hollywood Studios (Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage), and Belle meets guests in the France Pavilion of EPCOT.

Is the location of the Frozen attraction ideal?  Probably not but that other debate for another time.

Everyone needs to sit back, take a breath, and let Disney Imagineering do its work.

Frozen to Replace Maelstrom – OFFICIAL

Disney has announced, this afternoon, that a Frozen-themed attraction will be replacing Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion.  The attraction will take guests through the Kingdom of Arendelle with scenes and music from the movie.  There will also be a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa will greet guests.

Princess Fairytale Hall: Anna & Elsa


Anna and Elsa will also have a presence in the Magic Kingdom during the holiday season as Queen Elsa will transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace.  Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will also be making appearances in the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

In Hollywood Studios, Frozen Summer Fun has been extended even further into the holiday season while the Wandering Oaken Trading Post will be open through the holiday season as well.


Replace, Refurbish, Leave Alone – Restaurant Edition

It’s time to the restaurant edition of Replace, Refurbish, or Leave Alone.  I’m going to choose three restaurants.  You and I will choose to replace it, refurbish it, or leave it alone.  You can replace the restaurant with any style restaurant that you can think of.  It could be a new character meal, a new signature-dining experience, a new quick-service restaurant.  Whatever your Imagineering Sorcerer’s Hat wants to create.

Refurbish simply means a restaurant that is still good in your opinion but just needs some freshening up (Brighter themeing, a subtle change to the theme, maybe expand the restaurant to accommodate more guests).  Nothing major just some little tweaks to make a good restaurant, in your opinion, a little bit better.

Leave Alone is self-explanatory.  This restaurant is perfect, in your opinion, nothing should be changed about it.

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