Experience the new Frozen Ever After ride at Walt Disney World with these best tips for families! Post sponsored by Walt Disney World. All magical opinions are my own
Best Tips to Ride Frozen Ever After at Walt Disney World
I rode Frozen Ever After for the” first time in forever” and it was everything I hoped it to be. The Disney Princess glee on my face could not be washed away as I sailed on the most magical ride at Walt Disney World’s Epcot during my recent #AwakenSummer media day.
Today I’m spilling all of the best tips and secrets to making sure that you and your family get the most out of the new Frozen Ever After Ride at Walt Disney World. From shortening your line wait to which seats are the “wet seats,” to the best kept secret in Arendalle (according to Disney!) – check out 10 of the top Frozen Ever After Tips so you can experience the ride for the “first time in forever” too!
A wait of upwards of 300+ minutes. I know. Insane. If you should ever, Ever, EVER consider using a FastPass on a Walt Disney World ride, this is it. Right here. Book it now. In fact, if you’re planning your next visit to Frozen Ever After 3 months from now, get your FastPass. The triple digit wait times are not predicted to go down any time soon (ahem, see Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride). So unless you plan on running to the line when the World Showcase opens – get a FastPass now. And thank me later.
Still can’t get a FastPass but DYING for one? While super rare, you can try to sneak one at Epcot’s closing the day before OR about one hour BEFORE Epcot is to open that day. Many folks change their minds about which park to visit at the end of a long day or when they wake up in the morning. Refresh, refresh, refresh your app and see if you’re lucky enough to snag one!
New Princess breakfast! Book your early morning breakfast at Norway and get early access to the World Showcase. After you eat you can be first in the standby line for Frozen Ever After!
A Familiar Route
Remember the old Norway ride? You’re sitting in a Viking ship, an unexpected boat ride that sends you forwards, backwards and plunges into the sea – oh the memories! Spoiler alert, it’s the same ride. Same boats. Same course. New trolls 🙂
Surviving the Line
Now the Frozen Ever After line does not have a similar Norway ride line. The gigantic room where the line used to weave back and forth has shrunken considerably. Something to keep in mind, especially if it’s hot outside. With less time in the cool AC before riding, families may want to survey the outside line before jumping in with their kids. Once inside the building, kids will find Arendalle ambiance and a little entertainment to keep the line moving.
Say Hi to Oaken
And speaking of line entertainment, I was overjoyed to see Oaken while waiting to ride Frozen Ever After. If you happen to wander inside Oaken’s Tokens, you’ll notice a small window to the sauna – where Oaken delights folks waiting in line with his wit, his charm and of course his one-of-a-kind personality. I was able to grab a little footage of Oaken to share with my fans. Seriously – he’s so darling!
Be Warned, You May Get Wet | 1st & 2nd Row, Left Seat
See the sign? You MAY get wet on Frozen Ever After. And that’s why you’ll need to remember “1st & 2nd Row, Left Seat.” Theses seats are the primary targets of getting soaked on Frozen Ever After. Seriously, I sat there. Twice.
I was surprised to see a flash go off on the new Frozen Ever After ride. However, I scoured the gift shop after riding and could not find a place to view your photo. But to keep in mind for the future, it looks like Disney is in the process of installing a Ride Photo on Frozen Ever After. It will be located during the first drop after your boat switches back to a forward position.
***UPDATED! Just got the official word from Walt Disney World regarding the photos taken on Frozen Ever After. So here’s the info:
- Disney PhotoPass Service offers an on-ride photo capture opportunity on Frozen Ever After.
- To preview, purchase and download this attraction photo, you must be wearing a MagicBand during your adventure. Your photo will be automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account, where it can be viewed at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or in the My Disney Experience mobile app alongside all of your vacation memories from Disney PhotoPass Service.
- You can receive all your Disney PhotoPass Walt Disney World vacation photos, including select attraction photos, with Memory Maker. Your Disney PhotoPass photos can also be purchased individually online or at any Disney PhotoPass Sales Center.
You Must Ride Again
And yes, for one particular reason. Not every Frozen Ever After ride is the same. I won’t give everything away, but I do have one word for you. Marshmallow. Pay special attention. You may need to ride a third or fourth time to hear it, but I promise it’s worth the go-around for all of those Frozen fans.
There certainly are some very familiar faces throughout the Frozen Ever After Ride – from both the Frozen movie and the Frozen Fever short. But there were new faces that had me puzzled. Do I suspect a foreshadowing of Frozen 2? Be on the lookout for some “out of place” creatures towards the end of the ride and let me know if you think the same thing.
After speaking with the Walt Disney World experts, here’s the BIGGEST tip they can recommend to their guests. Visit the Royal Sommerhus.
HUH? What’s a Royal Sommerhus?
It’s ok. I had no clue either. Included in the new section of Norway is a small entrance to the Royal Sommerhus – on the side closest to Mexico. Overlooked by visitors (from the overjoyed excitement to ride Frozen Ever After, of course), this hidden treasure is the new home of Princess Anna and Princess Elsa. According to the Disney, the line is usually very short – about 15 minutes average right now, making this the HOTTEST place to get your ultimate Disney princess photos. WINNING!
Inside your family will love getting individual pictures with Anna,
and Elsa for the perfect Disney princess memories.
Take a Pic with an Old Friend
I love that Norway still gives a nod to the memories, including the old trolls that were once rampant throughout the stores and the ride. Tucked away in the new Norway store, The Puffin’s Roost, is this old friend. I remember many family pictures with this troll from my youth. It made me smile to see how Disney took the efforts to preserve this teeny memory.
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Kristen Hewitt says
Thanks for sharing this – great review and info. Can’t wait to go!
I really want to take our kids to Disney World! The Frozen ride sounds fun and I know my girls would love it.
Terra Heck says
I’ve never been to Walt Disney World. Someday, oh someday…
This looks like such a fun ride, especially for younger ones. Thanks for the great tips.
The photo will show up in your photopass if you have a magic band linked to my disney experience 🙂
Interesting! I was confused since there wasn’t a kiosk to view the photo! Nice 🙂
You can also take your photos pass to the photo sentence near the exit of the park and get it added. … we did but my 3 year old was in the middle of us and the couple in the 1st row decided to kiss for the camera so she is not seen
Is Frozen Ever After open during magic hours? I couldn’t get a firm confirmation on this while researching. Showcase supposedly opens at 11, but I did read that Frozen is a special case and will be open for MH.
Yes! Frozen Ever After is open during EMH!
The flash for the picture in the ride really does take your picture. If you have a MagicBand with Photo Pass the picture will show up in your MyDisneyExperience app shortly after leaving the ride. Disney has fielded some new technology where they read your MagicBand from a distance. I first noticed it on Rockin’ Roller Coaster where the concert posters in the queue show your first name and home town while you wait in line.
They do take your picture, check your photo pass in your My Disney account. Best rides for families my 83 year old grandmother road. She enjoyed it!
I also looked for the end of ride photo station after riding the Seven Dwarves ride in MK and was sad I couldn’t find where to see our photo, but Disney is always thinking ahead! Check your Photo Pass online and you can see videos and photos you didn’t even know were taken! I am assuming it is the same for Frozen Ever After.
Janet W. says
Thanks for the wonderful tips!! This looks so fun. What an incredible experience!
I have been up at 6am central time every day trying to get a fast pass but since we are not staying on property we can only book our fast pass 30 days in advance. Any tips if we absolutely cannot get a fast pass for it? We have a one year old and two year old who will NOT survive that long of a wait! Get there super early?
Hi Deb. Yes, I suggest running to Norway as soon as they open up the countries so you don’t have to wait in the long standby line. The only other thing to look for is the wait time on the app and see if it ever becomes low enough to your comfort level. Let me know how it goes!
Another way to get onto the Frozen Ever After ride without using a FastPass (since Epcot has the two-tier system of FastPasses) and without waiting in a long line is by eating an early morning breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The kids will enjoy the Disney princesses they’ll meet, but the best thing is getting into the park early. It opens an hour before Epcot does (except on morning Extra Magic Hours days). Plan your meal to be over when the ride opens. The restaurant is right by the Ever After ride, so you’ll be right there while everyone else is scrambling to get from Futureland to Norway.