A new addition to EPCOT in the Norway Pavilion is “Frozen Ever After,” a boat ride through the story of the iconic movie, “Frozen.”
This new attraction has been extremely popular. Fast passes are reserved weeks in advance and on most days, the standby waiting line is in excess of 90 minutes. We discussed with Cast Members and the tips they gave for navigating the lines saved us from waiting too long. They said that from about 11 am to 1 pm, the line shortens to less than an hour. Also, if we are in line before 9 pm, they will let us stay in line to ride even though the park is closing; so that is what we did. When we arrived about 8:30 pm, the standby time showed 75 minutes, but we were in and out in about 55 minutes.
This attraction features a slow boat ride not unlike “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Your boat (Nordic-styled) takes you into the frozen world of Arendelle where you are greeted by Olaf, Sven and the trolls. The boat then climbs a waterfall to take you to on a tour of the frozen landscape where you are serenaded by Anna & Kristoff, and then Elsa singing her signature ballad. At this point, the boat begins a backward journey. Here we find Marshmallow and the little snowmen from “Frozen Ever After.” The boat then makes another shift, going forward once again and then down a short waterfall into the end of the story, where we see Anna, Elsa and Olaf bidding us “good bye.” Surprisingly, this ride is a little rougher than anticipated. We seemed to frequently get bumped from side-to-side, which detracted from the enjoyment of the attraction.
The ride takes about four minutes, but it seems shorter. One problem with this ride is that it frequently breaks down; and it took us three trips to EPCOT to finally get on the ride.
There is something to be said in waiting in the standby lines at Walt Disney World. There is a lot to see in the queues, and this ride is no exception. With a fast pass, you might not have to wait long, but you miss all the fun along the way; seeing the bulletin board for Arendelle, the invitation to the Summer Snow Day Celebration, or the sauna in Frozen Oaken’s Trading Post with Oaken coming to the steamed up window.
We never rode Maelstrom which was the predecessor to Frozen Ever After, so we can’t make that comparison, but overall, this is a good ride and are looking forward to taking our grandkids on it. Our grandson is a fan of Olaf, and we are certain that our granddaughter will become a fan of Anna & Else as she grows older.