On June 21, 2016 Arendelle opened up their gates to the subjects of Walt Disney World – only to quickly amass a horde of over-eager tourists that wrapped around the World Showcase. I ventured out on day two of the opening, bravely assuming that by getting to Epcot before 9 A.M. I would bypass the five hour line I had heard about the day prior (let’s all remember my extreme naivety). We arrived by 8, with the park opening at 9, only to find that the main gates opened at 8:30 to let the flood of people pass through to the Mexico Pavilion. I had never felt so sorry for Cast Members as I had then, with people literally sprinting past Spaceship Earth to get their little ones on a boat voyaging through Arendelle. We waited until 9 to be ushered past the Mexico Pavilion, a footrace ensuing as soon as the blockade was dissolved. My seven-year old cousin had to be carried to avoid being trampled, and by the time our party reached the Norway Pavilion we had lost my mother behind the crowd. At that point, we still had to wait to get through the queue and due to technical difficulties the day before a delay time had already been tacked onto our wait. Even by arriving early, moving as quickly as possible, and reaching the line before a majority of others, our wait time still escalated to a little over two hours. That was on day two.
Today, wait times amount to approximately 90 minutes, less if you arrive at a slow time. However, a 90 minute stand-by still estimates to you waiting throughout the entire indoor queue (which is worth seeing in its own right, considering you get to walk through Oaken’s Tokens). The best option for anyone wanting to ride before wait times continue to drop over the course of the months to come would be to book a FastPass+. However, as Frozen Ever After is in the same tier as Soarin’ and TestTrack, this can be a hard thing to obtain. If you know when you’ll be visiting, the suggested action would be to reserve your FastPass+ 60 days in advance. Now that there’s less hype surrounding the attraction, it’s easier to expect a decreased standby if you arrive at opening (11 A.M. for the World Showcase attractions such as Frozen Ever After), on a weekday, or after poor weather conditions.
The ride is only five minutes with the same track as the previous resident, Maelstrom – things you’ve probably already heard. But out of all the animatronics offered at Walt Disney World, Frozen Ever After is definitely equipped with the newest technology that is beautiful to view. In comparison to overseas parks, Frozen Ever After is still ages behind, but worth seeing and in my opinion, worth the current standby time. But for those of you who can’t stomach a 90 minute standby or obtain a FastPass+, the Royal Sommerhus is what’s even better. In Fairytale Hall, we were all well acquainted with the over an hour wait to meet Anna and Elsa… a thing of the past. At Royal Sommerhus, the wait time remains about a constant twenty minutes and provides much better lighting for photo-taking. This is the best option for those of you who would still like to experience part of the Frozen magic at the updated Norway Pavilion. If anything, I’m just grateful the Snowgies finally got some representation in Frozen Ever After.