As of March 14 at 6:06 guests are beginning to book Fastpass+ reservations to meet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom. This image was sent to me by a Facebook reader named Sam for a reservation on May 15th. Another reader named Dawn said they just booked for May 7th
I’m still going through all the photos I took yesterday and I’ll post them a little at a time until I get through them all. Of course, I’ll probably go back again this weekend and get some more shots. I was standing directly across from the Fire Station, which was a great place to see it from, but a terrible place to shoot photos or video because the sun was behind the floats and characters most of the time. I live an learn huh?
The new parade begins with an all new Prince and Princess float. I’m happy to see the old mirror thing finally be eliminated from the daytime parade. The new one is unique, because it rotates in some of the sections to allow guests to see all the characters on the float rather than have to watch twice to see each side.
There was great fanfare and the excitement for the parade was palpable. People lined up for the perfect spot several hours in advance. The crowd cheered each time a new float would pass. The Lords and Ladies in Waiting set the stage for the first new float.
What’s Anna and Elsa’s schedule?
As of today, February 23, Anna and Elsa move back to another 9:00 am start time. It’s been rather confusing with them switching the schedule back and forth each week, but they are supposed to continue with the 9:00 am opening for the foreseeable future and hope to expand from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm soon. I recommend arriving at Epcot one hour before park opening and making a run to their location. Get a Fastpass+ for either Test Track or Soarin’ and riding the other late at night. If you are willing to split your party, you could FP+ Soarin and do Test Track as Single Rider. Continue reading Updates on Anna and Elsa, what’s going on with Tink and Friends and Character Palooza
Guests want Disney to confirm that the girls will be extended beyond the last date that was given. Well, I have it on VERY GOOD authority that Anna and Elsa aren’t going to leave anytime soon. Walt Disney World is looking into ways to expand the meet and greets capability that would allow the ladies to meet more of their adoring fans. There’s no need to sweat whether or not they will stick around. THEY AREN’T LEAVING Walt Disney World anytime soon.
Now, with that stated, you should understand just how popular this meet and greet has become. It is the the “Frozen Foot Race” to see who can arrive in Norway at the Princess Plass first. Lines can easily grow to between 3 and 5 hours each day. People wait in the sun, they wait in the cold and they wait in the rain. Guests want to meet these characters in the worst kind of way. If you want to meet them, you need to either send a person to hold your spot at rope drop, wait in a really long line or perhaps attempt stopping by later in the day.
Dear Disney World,
Please look at allowing these characters to begin meeting at 9:15 am daily just like Merida does in the Magic Kingdom. Rapunzel used to have this type of crazy line when meeting with Flynn and their meet and greet began later in the day. You could easily accommodate more guests and allow the ones who arrive early to have a better overall experience at Epcot and even meet more of the characters they love.
Anna and Elsa finally appeared at Epcot’s Norway pavilion on November 2, 2013 after a delay concerning some construction delays. Disney has taken the Puffin’s Roost and transformed it into a simple, yet nice meet and greet area for the ladies. The entire queue waiting area is outdoors. There is NO SHADE. If you visit on a hot, sunny day or rainy day, bring an umbrella. I arrived 15 minutes prior to the third set of the day which is 1:00 pm. I met the Frozen ladies at 1:36 for a total wait time of 51 minutes. The line for the second meet was closed at 1:05 p.m. That means that group also waited at least 55 minutes for the next meet. I recommend you follow my basic rule of Princess meets, ARRIVE EARLY. Go there when the World Showcase opens and be first in line and then go visit Mulan.
You can find Anna and Elsa’s schedule with map here.
I’ve been telling you since February that the characters, Anna and Elsa, from the upcoming movie Frozen would begin making appearances in Walt Disney World. In July I has able to confirm that those characters would appear in the Norway pavilion in Epcot. The Disney parks blog specifically mentions a “November” start date. I’ve heard they could appear as early as October 27th, but that date isn’t confirmed, so don’t book a vacation around that date.
In the comments section of the Disney Parks Blog Shawn Slater stated that these characters are “only expected to appear in Norway at Epcot through January 4, 2014.” I’ve heard that the date could be extended depending upon the popularity of the meet and greet and the popularity of the movie. People are speculating that the meet and greet will take place inside the Puffin’s Roost store while the new gallery will be in the Stave Church.
This information comes from Disney Parks:
“This November, the enchanting story and characters from “Frozen” will be brought to magical life with new experiences coming to Disney Parks. At Disneyland park, Olaf is preparing a special, snow-capped spot in Fantasyland, where you can spend time visiting with Anna and Elsa. When the royal sisters travel east to Walt Disney World Resort, they’ll be appearing at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, where you’ll also find a new gallery exhibit exploring how the culture and beauty of Norway-inspired the filmmakers in the creation of “Frozen.”
And in the evenings this holiday season, a sequence celebrating “Frozen” will join “Celebrate the Magic,” the nighttime projection show that transforms Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. Olaf will also play host for the wondrous all-new nighttime experience, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park.”
Are you excited to meet these two new characters?