Let’s head over to Norway in Epcot’s World Showcase and talk about Frozen Ever After!
Frozen Ever After
Hop aboard an ancient Norwegian vessel and set out into the wondrous wintery Arendelle in the world of Frozen. Little ones will love seeing all their Frozen favorites including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff along the water journey. Keep an eye out for other familiar Frozen friends on the icy North Mountain, Troll Valey, frozen Willow Forest, and the Bay of Arendelle.
What is the Queue Like?
Arendelle is based on a town in Norway and Frozen Ever After is thus located in the Norwegian pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. The queue line is completely indoors at the very back of the pavilion. It is set up to look like you are walking around the street of Arendelle and although a little dimly lit it is a very quaint and scenic queue line. The last time we rode we were allowed to take in food & drinks. Yes, even adult drinks. Since the wait can be so long this is actually really nice.
You will have to park your stroller and there isn’t a great stroller parking area with this ride. The World Showcase really wasn’t set up for stroller parking. The parking was on the lake side of the Norwegian pavilion in late August 2018 but has also previously been located outside the gift shop. If you aren’t sure where to leave your stroller it’s best to find a cast member and ask, so your stroller isn’t moved.
What to Consider Before Riding?
Frozen Ever After replaced another boat ride that was in the Norwegian pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, Maelstrom. It is basically the same ride rethemed for Frozen. It is very family friendly and everyone can ride this ride. There is one place in the ride that the boat turns slightly to switch on the track to go backwards then turns slightly again to face forward again and go down a small hill, where your photo is taken. It is a very small and with the Frozen theme, it’s not scary, but can be surprising. Just ask my infant son who’s reaction was priceless and a photo to prove it will forever live on our walls.
When to Ride?
You absolutely will want and need a FastPass+ for this ride. I loved Maelstrom and I love Frozen Ever After, but I still don’t want to wait over an hour to ride it. Wait times can be crazy insane for this ride. Frozen fever is still a real thing and every little girl apparently wants to ride this ride. It is the newest and most popular ride at Epcot. Be prepared to wait or get a FastPass+. Since this is an indoor ride and extremely popular, there is not a guaranteed best time to ride it. Some people have good luck with an early morning restaurant reservation or getting to the ride right at park opening. While the rest of World Showcase is closed, they do open Frozen Ever After at park opening and the restaurant adjacent, Akershus offers a pre-park opening breakfast.
Frozen Ever After is a fun family ride complete with your favorite Frozen tunes and characters while on a fun mildly thrilling boat ride. It’s a very picturesque attraction from start to finish including the Norway pavilion and queue line. After you exit the ride you can walk through the Norway gift shop and then head over to meet Anna and Elsa right next door in their Royal Sommerhus.