A Frozen Attraction – ideas from around the web

NOTE: This post was started some time in the past, and recently appeared as unpublished….

For the last week, I’ve been posting a question on my twitter account (@365DaysOfDisney): if you were to create a Frozen attraction at Walt Disney World, what would you do?  If YOU have an idea, please leave a comment on this post!

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 – Olaf slip and slide ride. Like on his belly. Smaller. More for kids. Barnstormers but longer and cuter.  I have a whole frozen expansion set up in my head for MK. It’s pretty pathetic.
 – Re-theme Tike’s Peak at Blizzard Beach into Olaf’s snowman-in-summer gag and then let us never speak of Frozen again.
 – blizzard beach should just be refurbished into Frozen summer? Rubbish name haha
 – I’ve been saying at least the Winterland/Summerland golf should be converted to extra Olaf-y
 – we’d have to make sure Olaf had his own personal flurry so he doesn’t melt in the burning process
 He can have a block of ice to lounge on.
 I mentioned it on but Blizzard Beach could be completely rethemed to it.
 maybe they could expand Blizzard Beach to add some Frozen-ness into the mix.
 I never thought about expanding blizzard beach! That’s a great idea
 speaking of those options, could reimagine disney quest to add it. It needs a refurb
 isn’t one of the water parks half way there already ?
 How about one where you ride on Olaf like a motorcycle and roundhouse kick the evil snowbeast in the face like ten times
it needs lots of fire. Like “oh man stuff is no longer frozen ITS ON FIRE RUN” and then you start the ride.
 could there be laser guns?
 Thousands. Oh and this would replace Dinosaur too but we wouldn’t get rid of the dinosaur animatronics
  they’d be target practice? Big game hunting on Olaf as he time travels?
 they could do some expanding but will need to make it Scandinavia
 Free fall ride as Marshmallow drops you from the cliff!
The Marshmallow Tower of Terror?
 Olaf invites you if you dare
 and when the elevator doors open, it’s Anna and Elsa’s parents staring at you?  whispering “Elsa, you could have saved us”
 and then at the end of the ride the trolls lecture them for bad parenting skills.  after they’ve broken up a few marriages of the tourists in the ride of course
BRGUEST @BRGUEST39  Three D dark ride
 that takes you through Arendelle?
BR yes and the North Mountain, Oaken’s and harbor.
Wes with a quick pass through the southern isles?
BR yeah lol
 a Frozen overlay of Blizzard Beach seems like a no-brainer. I looking forward to whatever they come up with as long as it isn’t another spinner.
 Maybe a boat ride or a dark ride. Going not through the story but maybe call it “Olafs Adventure” or something
  late to the party, but you got my imagineering juices flowing
  maybe they could replace Disco Yeti with Marshmallow?  OR a stage show that explains relation between Frozen’s Elsa and Incredibles’ Frozone… cousins?
 Old school “Himalaya” type bobsled ride! Complete with DJ playing dance mixes of Let It Go and Love is an Open Door.The place it would really fit would be the Boardwalk. Wouldn’t it be cool to have an attraction there? get rid of the dance club at the end… And create a outside dance club. Can’t you just picture the strings of lights? And an outdoor bar.Over the water would be so cool! There was a dance club at the boardwalk near me that was over water at high tide.
 Currently, Disney has rethemed the Maelstrom Ride into Frozen Ever After, which has proven incredibly popular with Frozen fans.  But, if YOU could add a Frozen attraction anywhere at Walt Disney World, what would it be, and where would you put it?  Leave a comment below!

Frozen; or Should I Take Young Kids To a Movie

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Short answer: yes… maybe…

When Frozen came out on November 27th, nearly two months ago, I was troubled.  I really wanted to see this movie, especially after hearing reviews from friends, but I have a two year old (Rya) and an infant (Tinsley).  My wife and I didn’t yet feel comfortable leaving our one month old with a babysitter yet, and didn’t think our two year old would be able to sit through a feature length movie (we don’t have cable at home, so she’s not used to staring at a screen)…

As time passed, we decided to watch a few movies at home to see if my two year old would be able to focus on them, starting with Finding Nemo.  I must say, Rya was amazing.  She loved the characters, especially Dory, and followed along the entire time, albeit standing and moving around our living room occasionally.  We followed it up with Princess and the Frog (thanks for the Christmas gift, dad) and Louis was Rya’s favorite in that one.

In order to prep her, and just because the songs are great, we listened to music from Frozen and watched videos that Disney Animation had released on their YouTube Channel.  Rya’s favorite two are Let It Go and In Summer.  (click the titles to watch)  When we watched videos, we’d share the names of the characters so she’d be familiar with them when it came time to see them on the big screen.  All Rya talked about for a few days was Princess Elsa and Princess Anna (she’s always said she and Tinsley are princesses, and dad’s a pirate…  I’ve trained her well!)

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My wife and I went to see Frozen last week for our first time, and when we finished, we both said Rya would really like it.  The only objection might have been Marshmallow, the giant snowman that chases after the characters after the throw a snowball at him, but we figured it was a short time, and she’d be okay.  

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The final thing we did was talk to her about what to expect inside the theater.  We let her know it would be dark, there would probably be a lot of other people around, and that we had to whisper while we sat.  

When it came time to actually head to the theater, Rya was incredibly excited: this would be her first movie on a big big big big screen!  We didn’t tell her about the popcorn, and let that be a surprise for her.  I got that as mom took her to go potty one last time before heading in to the theater.  We were so glad we did, as at least ten kids had to leave at some point during the film (but not ours!).  The theater was pretty full (especially considering it’s Frozen’s 8th week in theaters), but we found three seats, and set our daughter in the middle.

So how did she do?  Very well!  As the Mickey Mouse short started before the movie, she shouted “That’s Mickey Mouse!”, and we reminded her to whisper, and she said ok.  Each and every time a song started that we had listened to at home, she’d turn to me or her mom and whisper “I like that” or “I sing that” with a big smile across her face.  And did she like Elsa and Anna?  Yup.  But her favorite character? Sven!  She even said to me “Sven is like Reesie” (the more playful of our two dogs).  In the last fifteen minutes of the film, she got a little bit antsy, and moved from mom’s lap to dad’s and then stood in the row, but all while watching the movie.

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So my tips for taking a young child to a movie?

1 Familiarize them with the characters, songs, and story if that may help
2 Build it up as an exciting event
3 Let them know about how to act in a theater
4 Be prepared early (go to the bathroom before, get your popcorn, beverages (water), etc)
5 Every child is different, and every movie is different.  You know your child better than anyone else.

When would you take a child to their first movie?  And what was your first movie?  Please leave a comment below!

 

A few other perspectives

BabyCenter answers when you should take your child to a movie
a differing opinion of Frozen