Why Anna and Elsa are Headed to the Magic Kingdom
As Walt Disney World’s biggest box office opening movie, it has just broken the $1bn mark and there’s no sign of letting up as the highly marketable characters and theming look set to keep drawing in dvd sales, downloads, broadway bookings and more.
Of course, as theme park fans, we can’t help notice that Frozen has taken Epcot by a mini ‘Snow Storm’ right over one of the coldest winters the USA has seen in some time.
While 48 of the 50 states suffered snow, (Hawaii and Florida got off much lightly!), Epcot’s Norway Pavilion rapidly became inundated as Anna and Elsa’s character meet and greet appeared at the park in the week before the movie’s premiere.
So popular has the ‘temporary’ event been, that guests faced up to 2 hours line wait just to meet these rather ‘cool’ princesses.
As a result, the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale hall looks set to welcome Anna and Elsa from April 22nd as they move home from their rather beautiful, but overburdened spot in Epcot. Yes, Fastpass+ will be available for the meet and greet, much to the relief of dedicated frozen fans looking for the ultimate photograph and signature!
Simple things like this, are what can just trigger moms and dads to say, “let’s book’, and Disney know it!
The highly acclaimed animated movie won the animated feature Academy Award (Oscar) in 2014 and critics applaud the enchanting score and ‘timeless’ storyline that tells the story of adversity turning to triumph in such a delightful and ‘non-cheesy’ way, that many lesser movies have failed to achieve.
With Idina Menzel’s ‘Let it Go‘ also winning an academy award for best original song, it also became Disney’s first top 10 hit since the Pocahontas “Colors of the Wind” in 1995.
At a time when many are turning towards Disney with the view that they are too focussed on shareholder value and not enough on Walt’s traditional values, it is worth considering that Walt’s many principles are still used this very day to ensure that wonderful animated stories are created for the world to enjoy!
“Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.”