After months of speculation, Disney has finally confirmed that a Frozen ride is indeed on its way to the park. Over the summer many have pointed to the classic Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion at EPCOT as a possible spot for this new attraction. Today Tom Staggs on the Disney Parks blog stated, “I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new ‘Frozen’ attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.” The park has also announced that the last day to ride Maelstrom will be October 5th. The Frozen ride is currently scheduled for a 2016 opening date. No word has been given on ride specifics or how much of the old water portion of Maelstrom if any will be used.
Despite many being very excited about this news, there are a few questioning this decision. Earlier in the summer, the country of Norway raised objections because they did not feel the movie portrayed the country accurately. Also others are concerned that a Frozen ride would feel out of place in the World Showcase. Despite these concerns, Disney is moving forward and capitalizing on the hit movie quicker than most other classic films.