A blizzard of "Frozen" proportions is headed to the greater Disneyland area with a high probability of winter wonderland dance parties, rafter-rattling sing-alongs and delusional talking snowmen.
For those who have long since cooled to the "Frozen" phenomenon, consider this your severe winter storm warning for the immediate vicinity of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney.
The tandem Anaheim theme parks and the adjacent shopping center are about to settle into a prolonged ice age of "Frozen"-themed fun hosted by Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.
Park visitors are warned this extreme weather alert could be extended into summer and beyond if cold cash flurries persist.
The “Frozen” front is expected to move into the Hollywood Land section of Disney California Adventure later this month, with a “soft opening” planned for Dec. 20 and an official unveiling scheduled for Jan. 7 (after the Christmas holidays conclude for the season at the parks).
“For the First Time in Forever” retells the history of the film’s fictional kingdom while providing several opportunities for the kids in the audience to sing-along with popular songs from the movie. The new show replaces the former MuppetVision 3-D attraction, transforming the location into Arendelle’s Crown Jewel Theatre.
Next door in Stage 17 (the former home of the short-lived Who Wants to be a Millionaire attraction), Olaf’s Snow Fest will offer kids a chance to zip down slides, build a snowman with real snow and pose for photos with the beloved Olaf character from the film. Atmosphere talent will add a musical soundtrack to the indoor winter playground.
Outside, the Hollywood Land backlot space once dedicated to “Tron” and “Alice in Wonderland” themed nighttime dance parties will get a wintry makeover. The Freeze the Night dance party will feature frosty alcoholic beverages, DJ music and a light show as dancing partiers watch the temperature on a giant thermometer drop throughout the night until the revelry reaches a freezing crescendo.
After taking up a temporary Fantasyland residence across the esplanade in Disneyland, “Frozen” sisters Anna and Elsa will get a new meet-and-greet home in DCA’s Animation Academy with a FastPass-like reservation system designed to cut down on wait times. Nearby, a Disney artist will show visitors how to draw a snowman.
Meanwhile, the “Frozen”-centric holiday version of the World of Color nighttime spectacular continues at DCA through Jan. 6.
A winter whiteout is also in the forecast for Disneyland, with a squall of “Frozen” additions planned for the Fantasyland section of the park.
The Royal Theatre in the Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area will present the “Frozen” story at a breakneck pace with the mad-capped players Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones performing multiple roles.
“Frozen” scenes featuring the Arendelle waterfront village, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Elsa’s mountaintop ice palace will be added to the miniature tableaux of Storybook Land Canal Boats.
Anna and Elsa will continue to take part in the Christmas Fantasy parade through the holidays before returning on a pre-parade float when Mickey’s Soundsational parade resumes on Jan. 7.
If you haven’t slipped into a “Frozen” coma yet, the Downtown Disney shopping mall offers Olaf’s ice skating rink (through Feb. 22) and Anna & Elsa’s Boutique (as long as your money holds out).
For those keeping count, Anna and Elsa will have a number of commitments that will keep them hopping between both parks - from the meet-and-greet and the sing-along show to the parades and the Fantasy Faire show.
While many of the “Frozen” additions have a decidedly temporary feel, the enduring popularity of the animated movie means Walt Disney Imagineering is almost certainly weighing the options for a more permanent home for Anna and Elsa at one of the Anaheim theme parks.
Taking a look at the “Frozen” attractions planned for Disney parks around the globe offers the best clues for what might be in store for Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure.
Florida’s Epcot has announced plans (but scant few details) for a Frozen attraction in 2016 that will replace the Maelstrom flume ride in the park’s Norway pavilion. Nearby at the Magic Kingdom, the iconic castle undergoes a nightly holiday transformation with icy lighting effects accompanied by “Frozen” music.
For this holiday season, Hong Kong Disneyland introduced a “Frozen” Christmas show as well as “Olaf’s Search for Summer” puppet show and hotel rooms themed to the animated movie.
And finally, Tokyo Disneyland has announced plans for a $4.6-billion dollar expansion that will include a Frozen attraction in 2017, either in a revamped Fantasyland or as a new port of call at Tokyo Disney Sea.