Are Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen going to stick around Epcot after January 31? This has become the most popular question on my blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds and emails.
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.
Belle’s new dress, hair and accouterments premiered at Disneyland on the date that I had previously announced, but she will not receive the new look at Walt Disney World for a week or two. I would expect her to wear this attire at Enchanted Tales with Belle and Akershus character meals. Her dress is more of a light gold instead of the bright yellow. I like the new look. What do you think?