Anna, Elsa and Olaf make Disneyland Frozen paradise
There is no getting away from the fact that the characters and music from Frozen are as popular as ever. When the toddler in front of you, who can barely walk, breaks out in dance to Elsa’s show-stopping Let It Go performance, you know that Disney tapped into something powerful. (In case you didn’t have enough of a clue from any of the billion other reasons that Frozen has been a merchandising juggernaut.)
The Disneyland Resort is willing to cash in on the Frozen craze, and it does so with calculated abandon. Olaf’s pictures are on Rice Krispies treats at almost every food service station. Frozen merchandise has its own section and limits on purchasing. Wandering Oaken has gotten into the act with his Trading Post (no sauna) in Hollywood Land, where all kinds of Frozen merchandise can be found. (It is strategically located in front of the First Time in Forever sing-along attraction.)
Meet and Greet
“I meet Olaf first!” I may have no shame when it comes to meeting characters, but when I got in line with my niece and nephew, I shouted this out. They were cool with it, and I got to meet Olaf and get a warm hug. Who doesn’t like Olaf? I am not sure who couldn’t love a character who is willing to face certain death to help people he just met. (Much like the self-sacrificing Baymax and Dug the dog from Up.) Olaf hangs out to the left of the Monsters Inc. ride in Hollywood Land. The line hasn’t been very long either time that we went, once in June and on Labor Day Weekend.
Anna and Elsa are much bigger draws. That means getting a FASTPASS for the character experience. The roll-away FASTPASS machine is located across from the faux entrance to the Hyperion Theater. The tickets mark off a 20 minute time slot for guests to use to get in line. Anna and Elsa are in the Disney Animation building. Once you get through the line, you will be escorted into the halls of Arendelle’s palace, and then you will be able to greet the two sisters.
For the First Time in Forever
The musical sing along has taken over the Muppet theater, and it is truly special if you are interested in hearing a bunch of strangers – including dads – singing together in something less than perfect musical harmony, yet still in harmony with one another and the essence of the show. For the First Time in Forever strongest components are the sing along factor and the story around which the songs are placed.
Anna thinks that Eric, the Royal Historian Apprentice, is ready to become a Royal Historian. She devises a plan with Aria, the Royal Historian, to allow Eric to prove that he can tell the stories of Arendelle and earn his title. As Aria and Eric share banter and ask guests to sing along, Eric’s personality really makes the show entertaining and fresh. Kristoff makes an appearance as well. There are puns and anachronisms, and the theater effects are amazing.
The Royal Theatre presents Frozen
The Royal Theatre presents a vaudevillian retelling of the story where Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones play all of the parts, except Anna and Elsa who are recruited to play themselves. The madcap show is filled with puns, vocabulary, alliteration, accents and costumes. It also has a bit of magic and features audience participation in the shouting of “Huzzah!” and “Fie!”
Unfortunately, this show suffers from the lack of audience participation that it is supposed to be encouraging. There was only one moment where the crowd was encouraged to shout “Fie!” It isn’t nearly as good, even if it is more inventive, than For the First Time in Forever. Guests should get a FASTPASS for this show as seating is limited. The dispenser is located on the bridge from the Hub to the Royal Hall. Children get to sit on rugs closer to the stage.
Other Frozen Fun
Of course, Let It Go is also featured in the World of Color and in the Disneyland Forever fireworks show. Elsa and Anna also feature in their own float, with Olaf riding behind, in the Paint the Night parade. If Frozen isn’t your cup of tea, you ca either be glad that these attractions are syphoning of guests or be upset that more people are coming to the happiest place on Earth because of the two sisters. Either way, winter isn’t going away any time soon, and it looks like Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are going to remain Frozen.
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