New ‘Frozen’-themed Expansion Headed to Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

There is no stopping Frozen. The animated juggernaut that is essentially taking over all things Disney is getting a 13,000 square foot building expansion in Epcot's World Showcase between Mexico and Norway. The project is reportedly named the 'Epcot Frozen Meet and Greet.'

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Disney recently filed documents with the South Florida Water Management District and the Reedy Creek Improvement District for the expansion. The new building will be separate from the other buildings in the Norway pavilion.

The new building will house a meet-and-greet area where guests can queue up to meet Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. It will reportedly also house a new restroom facility for guests. Currently guests at Walt Disney World can meet Anna and Elsa in the Magic Kingdom's Princess Fairy Tale Hall.

View of the 'Frozen' construction site at EpcotView of the 'Frozen' construction site at Epcot

This new construction is also separate from the Frozen attraction that is replacing Maelstrom. The popular attraction closed in October 2014 after 25 years in the park to make way for an attraction based on 'Frozen.' The updated attraction is scheduled to open in 2016.

How much Frozen is too much at Epcot? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:20:

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Unlike the Maelstrom make-over - I'm OK with this. There is plenty of precedent for Princess meet and greet locations in the country of origin of the original fairy tale's author. Snow White in Germany, Jasmine in Morocco, etc, etc. I can wrap my head around this one even though overall I'm all "Frozen-ed" out.

Lisa Barker wrote on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:45:

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Hi Traci,
I have commented before about the Frozen phenomenon. Let's put it this way, I call WDW "Frisney". Don't get me wrong, I like a princess just like the next gal but this is definitely overexposure. I realize I am not the target audience for this, but enough is enough already. Unfortunately, it is a green ($$$) initiative with Disney. They are capitalizing on the popularity of Frozen. It's strictly business with them. It's evident in all of the "Dessert Parties" they have now along with the VIP events that you pay an extra $100 bucks to attend. It's getting so the middle class won't be able to travel there anymore. Only the wealthy will able to afford it.

Carol A Ray wrote on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:07:

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With all the little (expensive) extras and the whole "Frozen" takeover of WDW, we're seriously thinking about selling our DVC membership. I've almost reached the point where I don't want to go there anymore!

Tara Gentile wrote on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:17:

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I am so OVER frozen!!!

Jessica Day wrote on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 01:42:

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Calling Maelstrom popular is a bit of a stretch. A cult classic maybe; beloved by a hardcore few for its cheese and nostalgia. Popular though? I never saw waits longer than 20 minutes and it was usually walk on.

Paul F. wrote on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 02:20:

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I love Frozen because in September I went to WDW and at both MK and HS there were Frozen attractions and all of the families with little girls waited in long lines for these Frozen attractions while there were extremely short lines at almost all of the other attractions at both parks. Yay Frozen

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 14:38:

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Hahaha! Paul you've totally found the silver lining in the Frozen cloud that's been hanging over the Disney Parks.

, if cheese and nostalgia will be leaving Epcot I can only hope that Captain Eo will be out the door soon.

Jake wrote on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 03:13:

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We don't have kids and don't wait in lines for character meet & greets. The way I see it, if they can make a couple of popular new Frozen people eater attractions that will help reduce wait times for more classic rides that folks like me enjoy, go for it.

Jim Hewitt wrote on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 03:58:

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i just think it is everyone's reaction to Disney doing something a little different from the Disney formula. We appreciate it more! At the end of Frozen I was so glad the turn of events went the way they did. Next step is to move away from the whole idea of the princess. Every dog has its day and Frozen will have its day until the next big hit comes out. I want to know, why not add more of Frozen to Blizzard Beach. Would have been the best fit.

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