The rumors were true: Anna, Elsa, and Olaf are setting up shop in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Disney just announced via the Disney Parks Blog that construction is starting on a Frozen attraction that will replace Maelstrom. Details on the new attraction are scarce other than it will “take (Disney World) guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.” There’s been no indication as to what type of attraction this will be, but it’s probably a safe bet that it will keep the same ride system as Maelstrom. No timeframe was announced for the opening, but rumors so far have said 18 months.

Update: Via Stitch Kingdom, Maelstrom closes October 5, 2014, and the Frozen ride will open early 2016.

That isn’t the only Frozen news for Walt Disney World. Here’s a rundown of the other Frozen announcements:

  • There will also be an Anna and Elsa meet and greet at the Norway pavilion. No word if that means they’re moving out of Magic Kingdom, or if the meet and greets will take place in both parks (which could help ease the massive lines that are currently at MK).
  • There will be a new nightly addition to the Magic Kingdom this holiday season. Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace. They’ve always done a little show when the castle lights turn on before. This seems like a much more elaborate way to do that. Should be pretty neat.
  • Summer will never end at Hollywood Studios. Elements of Frozen Summer Fun Live will continue to operate at the park. The Frozen singalong show will continue, and Wandering Oaken’s Frozen Outpost will be moved to be closer to the show.

Magic Kingdom Castle Show with Elsa - Concept

What do you think of this Frozen transformation of Norway?

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