Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome parade featuring Kristoff Frozen

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome and Parade featuring Kristoff

We arrived at Hollywood Studios about 10:20am with the goal of watching the Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome and Parade which begins at 11:00am.  We scouted a spot near the entrance.  It was directly across from the gates from which the floats and characters appear.  There was a rope, but you’re asked to stand along a brass line on the ground.

We chatted with Deb from allears.com, who is a wonderful lady and offered some sage advice.  We stood under a nice cloud cover and a breeze, so it wasn’t as brutal as it usually would have been.  After standing there quite a while, mommies began sticking their little kids at our feet without our permission.  I tolerated the little girl in front of us and didn’t cause a scene.

An apparently British lady felt rather strongly that her lovelies deserved a last minute spot in front of another family and threatened to hurt the father.  It wasn’t the bright, beautiful scene one would love for a Disney Park.  Cooler heads prevailed and the parade began.

Click on a pic for a much larger image.

Snow skaters Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World (6)  You may notice that the parade is merely a portion of the Christmas parade, with a new paint job and Frozen characters.  I’d bet you that this overlay will continue for the Christmas parties.

snow skater Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World (6)

This float is usually used for Donald and Daisy, but has been taken over by a Queen and Princess.  It’s horse drawn, but no one came to the parade 1 to 2 hours early to see the horse.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Elsa loves me!Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Watch out!  She could freeze you in place!
Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Elsa and Anna were really excited by their new parade.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Following Anna and Elsa were a number of children who were randomly selected to walk in the parade.  There is no sign up for this, I don’t know where they were randomly selected from and don’t know how to get into the parade.  Many of the girls were dressed as Anna or Elsa already.  
Junior princesses Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

I did notice one young Kristoff in the bunch on the far left.  Moms or Dads are welcome to walk with the children who are chosen.Junior princesses Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Well, hi there ladies!  I’m digging this new parade.  Oh, did I tell you there’s “snow” during the parade?  You might want to guard the lens of your camera and don’t eat the snow.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Following the children were some flag wavers.  I have no clue how an american looking marching band style flag waving crew fits into a Northern European parade, but whatever.  Still entertaining I suppose.Flag twirlers Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World Flag guys Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Then there a totally empty float.  They repainted it to look a little more Norweigan, but no Scrooge McDuck.  I’d bet you that some type of Olaf will ride this puppy for the Christmas parade.  It wouldn’t have made sense to have him in the parade because he was on screen at the Welcome show at the hat, so we just see a house pass by.empty float

 

See, a little repainting

Then there’s more skaters that usually appear in the Christmas Parade.  Maybe we should think of this as Christmas in July and you can go ahead and pre-purchase all those Christmas gifts of Frozen merch!Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Following the blue and green skater people were the alpine skater guys.  There’s lots of skaters, if you’re into that X Games sort of thing.  It’s still snowing, but no accumulations are occurring, except on my camera lens.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Who is that guy who will conclude the brief parade?  He has a crew of guys digging in the streets.  Don’t worry fellas the gold is in the merch that is flying off the shelves, not under the streets.  Ice?  They are digging for ice in Florida in the summer?  Hmmm.  Still cute and reminds me of the Grave Diggers without the cool sparks.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Dig, dig, dig!  Oh sorry, that’s Fantasmic!Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World
Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Tada…It’s Kristoff!  It’s his first appearance ever and he’s on the Wandering Oaken’s trading post float.  It’s a remodel of the Chip and Dale ice skating float.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

 

Don’t trust a pirate, huh?

TIP:  The parade stops at the Hat, but Kristoff stays on his float!  If you want great photos of him, stand between American Idol and the Sorcerer Hat.  As a matter of fact the entire parade will continue after the Welcome Show and you could see it from American Idol steps like I recommended for Star Wars Weekends. Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

Several women posted on my Facebook page that he looked hot.  I guess it’s all the heavy clothes, but don’t worry, the ice around him should help some.Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

He stole my dimple!  I wonder how many times this photo will be clicked upon and pinned on Pinterest???Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

The parade ends right after he passes.

TIP:  There are NO meet and greets with any Frozen characters at Hollywood Studios.  You can still meet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom though.  Kristoff doesn’t meet!Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

We ducked right into the fray and walked all the way up the street.  It’s amazing how many people were excited to see me and wave and me and take photos of me!Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade featuring Kristoff at Hollwood Studios in Disney World

If I had been as pushy as some around me I could have been right along the rope at the Hat when we arrived there.  I was content being a few rows back though.

I posted a full video on my Facebook page of the entire Welcome Show at the hat.  You can view that here.  You might want to like the page because I post there often while I’m touring the parks

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=635575086538686&set=vb.217298715032994&type=2&theater

I’ll write a post about my Sing-a-long experience tomorrow, but I will tell you to go pick up a FREE card that has the return time on it.  It reserves your spot so you don’t have to stand in the blazing sun all day!

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30 thoughts on “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome parade featuring Kristoff Frozen”

  1. Hi Kenny,
    I have fast passes for Frozen Singalong at 1105-1120. Will I have enough time to see the welcome parade before heading to the show?
    Thank you

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  2. ” We scouted a spot near the entrance. It was directly across from the gates from which the floats and characters appear. There was a rope, but you’re asked to stand along a brass line on the ground.”

    This is exactly the spot we love to watch the Star Wars weekend parade!

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  3. I’m thinking of doing a quick last minute trip to Disney just to take my kids to HS for the FROZEN activities. I see where there is a premium package that has sold out. My first question is do you really need the premium package to participate in the activities? My second question is if no, is it worth a 10 hour drive just to do this for my 7 & 4 year old. Trying to think this thought without my mouse ears on. Any advice appreciated.

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  4. What are the chances that WDW will extend this past September 1st? Of course we aren’t getting there until September 21st 🙂

    THANKS!!

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  5. You say welcome show? I’ve been out if the Disney loop for about three weeks and I’ve missed so much. What time is the welcome show? And what is Oken’s trading post and where is it located. I’m trying to keep up I swear!! ;). Thanks!!

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  6. Hi Kenny-
    About how long is the morning parade? Can we make a fastpass with a window between 11:25-12:25 for buzz lightyear?

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  7. First, many thanks to you, Kenny, for this fabulous site. You are my go-to source and first recommendation when planning my Disney trips. Second, I saw there is a FP-like option for the sing-along. Are these flying away like TSMM used to? We will not be getting into Hollywood Studios until close to 1 on both days we are visiting (and just not telling our DD5 about the parade). Also, what is the waiting time like for getting into the trading post and funland?

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      1. Hi Kenny,

        Are you saying that for the sign along, even without the Premium Package, that you can go up and get the equivalent of a fast pass? And you can even pick your time?

        If you go up first thing in the morning, can you get the return tickets for the later shows?

        Thanks,
        Bruce

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  8. I think the problem with letting kids through to the front, is that here in England that is exactly what everybody does. All children are let through to stand in front of adults for parades etc. I always look around to see if there are any I need to let through. Why is this not customary in America? Seems only sensible to me!

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  9. Hey Kenny, I always love your reviews!!! Can I ask, in your opinion is the new Frozen package worth paying out for or can you see just as well without paying?

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  10. Thanks for the review with some very helpful tips. Can you go to the Premiere Theater at 9:00 am to get tickets and can one person get tickets for the whole group? Thanks!

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