Experience all the Frozen Summer Fun
Disney officially confirmed the rumor that I posted on August 5, 2014 that the Frozen Summer Fun will be extended into September. The new cutoff date is listed as September 28th. Everything will continue as is, except for the Frozen Fireworks which will move to Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning September 5. I’ve updated my Crowd Calendar for September because I do believe this will cause a slight bump in attendance at Hollywood Studios on the weekends, especially at night by those using Park Hoppers. Disney has also increased park hours for the days that the Frozen Fireworks are being offered. I’m taking a guess at the performance time for the fireworks from September 14th onward as it isn’t published yet. They reopened the Premium Package sales for September, if you are interested in that. Here’s my reviews from the Star Wars Weekends experience that is very similar to the Frozen stuff.
Here’s how to take in all the Frozen Summer of Fun activities without needing to pay the price for the Premium Package.
1. Pick a spot for the parade at least 45 minutes early on Hollywood Boulevard.
Seating areas along the parade route are quite limited, so you’ll need to choose a good spot.
- Here’s a review I wrote on how to take in the parade with a great view. Be sure to immediately follow the parade up the street to the Hat to see the small show.
- This post details how I watched the parade from the American Idol steps. I don’t recommend this viewing area for this Frozen parade though.
2. Pick up your For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-long return card.
San Francisco Street the Lightning and Mater meet and greet near the Premier Theater and choose your return time for the For the First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing A Long.
UPDATE 8/17/2014: The Sing-a-long will move to Fastpass+ beginning September 2nd. You can already book those.
Hollywood Studios offers FREE return time cards for the Sing-A-Long. Think of them as a free Fastpass and reserved seating all in one. You’ll need the card to secure a spot for the Sing A Long. Just stop by the end of San Francisco Street and pick one up. One person can pick up as many as you need and you can choose the time of the show that you prefer.
3. Visit Oaken’s Trading Post later in the afternoon.
I’ve found that the lines for the shopping area and the play area (separate) are longer in the morning, so go in the late afternoon. You can take part in ice skating for $10 which includes skate rentals, socks, helmet rental and 30 minutes on the ice. You can play in the snow creation area for 10 minutes, get some snacks and take a few Magic Shot photos. In the shopping area you can purchase those dolls, dresses, tshirts and such.
4. Take in Character Palooza.
Many guests to the website and Facebook have asked if the Frozen activities have affected Character Palooza. I documented the small impact on Palooza in this post. The times for Character Palooza are found both on my Crowd Calendars and in my Character Locator app. The app will be the best investment you make in your Disney World vacation and is about the price of a single cupcake. The app is updated regularly.
5. Frozen Fireworks
Hold down your spot for the Frozen Fireworks along Hollywood Boulevard or next to Min and Bills or in front of the 50’s Prime Time Dinner at least 30 minutes early.
Here’s a post that has a some photos from Hollywood Boulevard. I was standing in front of Disney & Co along the tape.
Here’s a map I created with the best fireworks viewing locations. This is a great park to see the fireworks OUTSIDE the park, but you won’t be able to hear the music!
I recommend taking in the SECOND showing of Fantasmic! during the Frozen Fun. It’s much easier to get a seat and you’re not scrambling with 6,000 of your closest friends to find a fireworks viewing area. The Fastpass+ viewing area is a good view for this show as well.