With the announcement of Frozen Ever After opening in Epcot at Walt Disney World came quite a bit of buzz, both good and bad. Regardless of any chatter going on about losing the Norway flagship boat ride, Maelstrom, Frozen Ever After quickly became the most sought after experience to be in Epcot. Especially for families with little princesses who many have never entered the Epcot World Showcase before. But is it worth it? Still a Tier 1 Fast Pass Ride, should this be your Epcot FP+ ride choice?
Frozen Ever After in Epcot Wait Times
Wait times for Frozen Ever After have simmered down to a 45-60 minute on average days. While we’ve seen this longer during the holidays, we have also seen it at 25 minutes in the mornings. An early breakfast reservation at Akershus is always our most recommended course of action if you want to ride Frozen Ever After without a fast pass. This gets you right next to the ride at opening.
Frozen Ever After Ride Review
Frozen Ever After is extremely well themed to everything we love about Frozen. There’s a sauna shop, and a cold north feeling. The animatronics, the sound quality and the layout of the ride are all top notch. We do miss Maelstrom, for the sheer fact that our favorite part about the World Showcase is that you get immersed in the cultures of other countries. With Frozen Ever After, you’ll just feel like you’re immersed in the movie. While you don’t need to put this on your itinerary for every Disney trip, we do think this is one ride you should do at least once.
The ride is set up the same as Maelstrom. Take a seat in a boat which starts off going forward and you will get to see some familiar faces like Anna, Olaf and Sven with their always lovely musical stylings. Then as you watch Elsa sing the famous “Let It Go”, the boat will take you backwards in true Maelstrom fashion! Don’t forget to wave to Marshmallow and the Snowgies as you glide past them!
While it was great getting a fast pass, the queue was also rumored to be just gorgeous so if you do miss out on a FP, hopefully you can still enjoy your time. We loved the new Frozen Ever After ride and if you have the opportunity, we highly suggest adding it to your Walt Disney World vacation.
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .