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We met Anna and Elsa at park opening today at Epcot’s Norway pavilion and a ride on Test Track

My girls haven’t had a chance to meet Anna and Elsa since they began appearing.  My son’s basketball games required a lot of our Saturday mornings lately, but they were well worth it!  So, we decided to see if we could meet Anna and Elsa and ride Test Track before heading off to church.

We arrived at the gates at 8:20 am to find this small group of people waiting for the park to open.  Many were there specifically to meet Anna and Elsa, so it would be a foot race 🙂

Click any pic for super large photo.  Oh speaking of photos.  I’m often asked if someone can use a photo in a memory book.  Go ahead, use them in your memory books if they help!  If you place them on a website, I’d appreciate a mention.  Just don’t sell them and we’re all cool.  But, why would you sell them???

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Anna and Elsa to move to yet another test schedule at Norway in Epcot

UPDATE:  The Frozen girls returned to the lame 11:00am start time on Sunday, February 16, 2014.  I’ll go check this out later in the week, but people are stating that it’s a minimum 4 hour wait.

I recently posted that many guests were having great success in meeting Anna and Elsa later in the afternoon.   Some people tried it out and found the wait to be significantly less.  Recently a few people found that Disney’s website was listing Anna/Elsa meet and greet moving to a 9:00 am to 6:00 pm schedule beginning Sunday, February 9.

I was able to confirm that this is a test schedule that will allow Disney World to see if it improves the guest experience.  They have been beginning at 11:00 am, which meant that the line would easily be 3 to 4 hours long before the ladies even arrived to meet guests.  I recommended a couple of times that they look at doing a rope drop meet and Disney has responded, of course, it could have been the hundreds of complaints at guest relations.

So, beginning Sunday, February 9 I will again recommend that you visit the ladies at rope drop and do not visit on an Extra Magic Hour morning!

When should I meet Anna and Elsa at Epcot in the Norway pavilion?

UPDATE:  They have moved to another Test Schedule that is from 9:00am to 6:00pm which means I recommend going at PARK OPENING!

 

Anna and Elsa have been a HUGE hit at Walt Disney World.  They had lines forming to meet them before they even began meet and greets.  Hey, they even had people searching for them during training meets.  The lines for Anna and Elsa averaged 3 to 5 hours on many days at Epcot and many fans were extremely frustrated.  The Disney Blog had announced that the girls would be leaving in late January, which scared a number of guests as well.

Well, the lovely ladies from Arendelle continue to meet in Epcot and will for quite some time.  Disney is even working toward building them a better meet and greet location somewhere.  They hope to keep them in Norway.

I used to recommend that you go straight there at park opening and wait two hours, because it was the shortest you would wait.  Because Epcot has added more time to their schedule (even though the Epcot Times Guide and MDE App don’t realize) I now recommend that you visit in the late afternoon or early evening.  The ladies are now meeting from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm with short breaks.  (They often take a longer break from 8:00-8:30 pm).

Don’t waste your good touring time for attractions like Test Track and Soarin to head over here.  Go to those attractions and meet the other characters in the park, then come over in the afternoon.  I’ll be writing touring plans that include this information very soon.

Here’s the information on their location.

Do you think my advice is sound or the ramblings of a crazy pirate?

Anna and Elsa to continue meeting in Epcot

Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen have been among the most successful character launches in Disney history.  People began lining up early for them before the movie even released in theaters.  Little girls were already wearing their dresses and lines were between 1 and 2 hours.  Well, it’s only become more popular since the movie released.  The wait times for these characters is regularly 2-3 hours or more.  Someone recently said 5 hours, but I wasn’t there to confirm.  I can tell you that my kids and I once waited 3.5 hours to meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider on the 24 hour day in order to complete an Ultimate Tour attempt.

I’ve recommended that people arrive at the pavilion by 10:00 a.m., but lately it’s become a rope drop attraction despite the fact that they don’t begin appearing until 11:00 a.m. on most days.  (It’s my opinion that Disney should look at beginning at 9:00 a.m. everyday and, if needed, cut the line off earlier in the day.

Well, I’ve had a lot of people asking if they are going to continue the meet and greet beyond the previously announced date of January 4, 2014.  The answer is YES.  The ladies will continue in exactly the same location in Norway until at least the end of January.  Disney Synergy picked up the tab for the cost.  I’ve heard that another Disney property will then assume the cost of the meet in the future, so it doesn’t count against the entertainment budget.  They are looking at constructing another area and possibly even moving to a full-day schedule to accommodate more fans and sell more merch 🙂   Rumors of the potential new location have been pointing toward the Magic Kingdom’s vacant side of Town Square Theater that the Princesses used to fill.  If they were to stay in Norway, it would require refitting the theater with a meet and greet in the rear area.  The small room they currently use just isn’t very viable for a meet and greet, especially a constant flow one.  Disney looked at the Stave Church, before deciding on the current location and didn’t see that as a quality option.

Have you met Anna and Elsa?  How long would you wait?

Disney confirms the arrival of Anna and Elsa from Frozen to appear in Norway in Epcot

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:

anna and elsa norway epoct meet and greet“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?

Princess Storybook Dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Disney World Character Meals
1900 Park Fare – Breakfast 1900 Park Fare – Dinner Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Breakfast Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Dinner Cape May Café – Breakfast Cinderella Royal Table – Breakfast Cinderella Royal Table – Lunch
Cinderella Royal Table – Dinner Chef Mickey’s – Breakfast Chef Mickey’s – Dinner Crystal Palace – Breakfast
Crystal Palace – Lunch Crystal Palace – Dinner Garden Grill – Dinner Hollywood & Vine – Breakfast
Hollywood & Vine – Lunch Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – Dinner Ohana – Breakfast Perfectly Princess Tea Party – Brunch
Pirates and Pals Fireworks – Dinner Tusker House – Breakfast Tusker House – Lunch Wonderland Tea Party – afternoon
Princess Storybook Dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway, Epcot

Food/Dining Type:  Norwegian

Location:  Epcot – Norway Pavillion

Meal:  Dinner

Type of service:  Table service with cold cut/salad bar

Price:  Adults $42.59-55.37; Child (3-9) $23.42-29.81 Tax included

Gratuity included:  NO.  Groups of 8 or more 18% required tip.

Reservations:  Highly Suggested

Hours:  4:55-8:35pm

Disney Dining Plan:  YES (Table Service per person)

Tables in Wonderland Discount: YES

Akershus Children’s Dinner Menu

Entree

Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
Hot Dog served with Corn
Cheese Ravioli served with Tomato Sauce
Pizza topped with Mozzarella
Salmon served with Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes
Grilled Chicken Breast served with Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes

Akershus Adult Dinner Menu

Entree

Chef’s Catch of the Day

Traditional Kjottkake Norwegian Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce

Mushroom-stuffed Pasta with Swiss Chard, Oven-roasted Shiitakes, and Parmesan Cream

Oven-roasted Chicken Breast with Fennel Hash, Tomato Jam, and Chive Oil

Pan-seared Salmon with Vegetable Nage and Arugula Salad with Red Beet Vinaigrette

Taste of Norway Everyone’s Royal Feast begins with a “Taste of Norway”. This magnificent feast includes sliced deli meats, seafood, and a grand selection of prepared salads and cheeses

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Verts, and Whole-Grain Mustard Sauce

Seared Herb-dusted Beef Tips Seared Beef Tenderloin Tips in Wild Mushroom Sauce served with Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables

Dessert

The Royal Chef’s Dessert Plate served Family-style: Sweet and Savory Chocolate Mousse, Traditional Rice Cream topped with Strawberry Sauce, and Flaky Puff Pastry filled with Marscapone Mousse topped with fresh Berries

Experience includes Complimentary Imaging Package: One image package per group of 1 to 4 paying guests; 2 packages for groups of 5-8 guests and 3 packages for groups of 9 or more guests. Your photo package includes:

One 6 x 8” print with one of the Disney Princesses in a themed folder and Four  4 x 6” prints

Package is delivered to you during your meal. Additional photos may be purchased.

Characters:  Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Snow White or Mary Poppins

Ariel
Aurora
Belle
Cinderella
Jasmine
Mulan
Snow White

Princess Storybook Lunch at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Disney World Character Meals
1900 Park Fare – Breakfast 1900 Park Fare – Dinner Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Breakfast Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Dinner Cape May Café – Breakfast Cinderella Royal Table – Breakfast Cinderella Royal Table – Lunch
Cinderella Royal Table – Dinner Chef Mickey’s – Breakfast Chef Mickey’s – Dinner Crystal Palace – Breakfast
Crystal Palace – Lunch Crystal Palace – Dinner Garden Grill – Dinner Hollywood & Vine – Breakfast
Hollywood & Vine – Lunch Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – Dinner Ohana – Breakfast Perfectly Princess Tea Party – Brunch
Pirates and Pals Fireworks – Dinner Tusker House – Breakfast Tusker House – Lunch Wonderland Tea Party – afternoon
Princess Storybook Lunch at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway, Epcot

Food/Dining Type:  Norwegian

Location:  Epcot – Norway Pavillion

Meal:  Lunch

Type of service:  Table Service with cold cut/salad bar

Price:  Adults $41.53-50.05; Child (3-9) $25.55-28.75 Tax included

Gratuity included:  NO.  Groups of 8 or more 18% required tip.

Reservations:  Highly Suggested

Hours:  11:55am-3:30pm

Disney Dining Plan:  YES (Table Service per person)

Tables in Wonderland Discount: YES

Akershus Children’s Lunch Menu

Entree

Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
Hot Dog served with Corn
Cheese Ravioli served with Tomato Sauce
Pizza topped with Mozzarella
Salmon served with Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes
Grilled Chicken Breast served with Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes

Akershus Adult Lunch Menu

Entree

Traditional Kjottkake Norwegian Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce

Mushroom-stuffed Pasta with Swiss Chard, Oven-roasted Shiitakes, and Parmesan Cream

Open-faced Chicken Sandwich on Sourdough Bread with Tomatoes, Arugula, Bacon, Mushroom Vinaigrette, Jarlsberg, and Lingonberry Mayonnaise served with your choice of Soup

Open-faced Beef Sandwich Thinly sliced Beef Sirloin, Wild Mushroom-Onion Ragout, Jarlsberg Cheese, and Lingonberries served with your choice of Soup

Oven-roasted Chicken Breast with Fennel Hash, Tomato Jam, and Chive Oil

Seared Salmon Cakes with Pickled Root Vegetable, Remoulade, and served with your choice of soup

Taste of Norway Everyone’s Royal Feast begins with a “Taste of Norway”. This magnificent feast includes sliced deli meats, seafood, and a grand selection of prepared salads and cheeses

Dessert

The Royal Chef’s Dessert Plate served Family-style: Sweet and Savory Chocolate Mousse, Traditional Rice Cream topped with Strawberry Sauce, and Flaky Puff Pastry filled with Marscapone Mousse topped with fresh Berries

Experience includes Complimentary Imaging Package: One image package per group of 1 to 4 paying guests; 2 packages for groups of 5-8 guests and 3 packages for groups of 9 or more guests. Your photo package includes:

One 6 x 8” print with one of the Disney Princesses in a themed folder and Four  4 x 6” prints

Package is delivered to you during your meal. Additional photos may be purchased.

Characters:  Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Snow White or Mary Poppins

Ariel
Aurora
Belle
Cinderella
Jasmine
Mulan
Snow White

Princess Storybook Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Disney World Character Meals
1900 Park Fare – Breakfast 1900 Park Fare – Dinner Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Breakfast Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Dinner Cape May Café – Breakfast Cinderella Royal Table – Breakfast Cinderella Royal Table – Lunch
Cinderella Royal Table – Dinner Chef Mickey’s – Breakfast Chef Mickey’s – Dinner Crystal Palace – Breakfast
Crystal Palace – Lunch Crystal Palace – Dinner Garden Grill – Dinner Hollywood & Vine – Breakfast
Hollywood & Vine – Lunch Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – Dinner Ohana – Breakfast Perfectly Princess Tea Party – Brunch
Pirates and Pals Fireworks – Dinner Tusker House – Breakfast Tusker House – Lunch Wonderland Tea Party – afternoon
Princess Storybook Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway, Epcot

Food/Dining Type:  Norwegian/American

Location:  Epcot – Norway Pavillion

Meal:  Breakfast

Type of service:  Buffet

Price:  Adults $40.46-$46.85; Child (3-9) $24.49-$27.68 Tax included

Gratuity included:  NO.  Groups of 8 or more 18% required tip.

Reservations:  Highly Suggested

Hours:  8:00am-11:10am

Disney Dining Plan:  YES (Table Service per person)

Tables in Wonderland Discount: YES

Norwegian-American breakfast that includes: bacon, biscuits, breads, potato Casserole, fresh seasonal fruit, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, and milk

Experience includes Complimentary Imaging Package: One image package per group of 1 to 4 paying guests; 2 packages for groups of 5-8 guests and 3 packages for groups of 9 or more guests. Your photo package includes:

One 6 x 8” print with one of the Disney Princesses in a themed folder and Four  4 x 6” prints

Package is delivered to you during your meal. Additional photos may be purchased.

Characters that might appear:  Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Snow White or Mary Poppins

Ariel
Aurora
Belle
Cinderella
Jasmine
Mulan
Snow White