Magic Kingdom management has been extremely happy with the sales and guest feedback of the Villains Sinister Soiree, and is said to be considering a similar dessert party/parade viewing/fireworks viewing package for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
One iteration that has been proposed and has received some great interest is offering a meet and greet with Olaf in the lower lobby at Cinderella’s Royal Table and having Kristoff, Anna and Elsa mingle among the tables. It would be really difficult for Olaf to mingle and he’d need some snow. Elsa would lead the guests in a rendition of “Let it Go!” and they will have some special treats and take home trinkets. The cost would again be $99.00, if this proposal passes.
It would likely have the words Frozen and Royal in the package name. We know Olaf will be in the parade, likely on that little house float that I pointed out was mysteriously naked in the Frozen Parade at Hollywood Studios or joining the ice skating float with Kristoff. Anna and Elsa will also join the parade. I’m sure some characters will either be removed from the parade or be made to walk the parade route.
Frozen Mania is overtaking Walt Disney World and Disney Parks worldwide, so this doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to me.
If they were to offer Olaf and/or Kristoff at the Christmas Party as a regular meet and greet, it would create a line that would probably close by 5:30 or 6:00pm for the entire night.
Would you pay $99 to meet Olaf, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa?
Let’s treat it all as rumors until Disney officially announces some of this stuff or it just disappears without notice. This is what I’ve been told would occur with the Frozen Summer Fun that currently takes place in Hollywood Studios after the previously announced closing date of September 28:
1. The park opening show should end
The little show that all opening guests are forced to see before jamming up the walkways toward Toy Story Mania should end. In my opinion, it should have never started. It isn’t exceptionally cute and just creates a giant logjam at the hat. It was much easier to see Buzz and Woody or ride Toy Story Mania without it at park opening. Continue reading What will happen to Frozen Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios after September 28?
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.
This map shows the best viewing locations. The yellow area will only allow you to view the parade portion and not the welcome show.
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I set out on a Saturday to learn what Hollywood Studios would be like on an Extra Magic Hour day. I rarely recommend that people attend parks on Extra Magic Hour days because the lines are longer than other days, the restaurants are busier and it just feels more busy.
Hollywood Studios started something new just for the Frozen Summer of Fun Live celebration. In the recent past the parks have moved to eliminating “Welcome shows.” Studios used to offer a simple one at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset, but dropped it in favor of opening around 15 mintues early and letting the crowd ease into the park.
Now the majority of people are crowded into the Hat stage area for the short park opening show with a cast member and Olaf. Here’s a video that I took yesterday:
After the rope drop, the majority of guests are heading straight to Toy Story Midway Mania. At this point I recommend that you get Fastpass+ for this attraction or be among the very first guest in line. Arrive at least 45 minutes early for any park opening to reduce waits for several attractions. Here’s the crowd in front of me already, because I don’t run.
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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.
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