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A Frozen Ride Is Coming to Disney World

Jun 09, 2015

The smash-hit animated musical Frozen, which is already getting a sequel and a Broadway show, will also be transformed into an amusement park ride, opening in 2016 at Disney World's Epcot.

"Frozen Ever After" will replace the 27-year-old Maelstrom water ride at the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Disney announced on Tuesday. Visitors will be shuttled in logs through a festival in the fictional land of Arendelle from the film. Riders will watch citizens celebrate winter in the middle of summer thanks to Elsa's magical ice-creating powers. And riders will eventually reach Elsa's Ice Palace, where the princess will be singing—what else?—"Let It Go."

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"FROZEN" Elsa visual development art. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
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Animatronic versions of Anna, Kristof and Olaf will also appear. Disney's designers and engineers, known as Imagineers at Disney World, have even recruited the film's composers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez, to write new lyrics for the chart-topping songs.

Disney is hoping that the ride based on the highest-grossing animated film of all-time will boost attendance at Epcot, which was flat between 2009 and 2013, the most recent year of data available from the Themed Entertainment Association.

However, some visitors might take offense to the fact that Arendelle has been given such a prominent place in the World Showcase, which was originally designed by Walt Disney as a tour of real countries like Japan, Mexico and Norway. But, Disney World Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs argues to the Wall Street Journal that Frozen is filled with Scandinavian culture and mythology to will honor that heritage.

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Maddie and Zoe

They're so adorable it hurts.

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Sherlock

Best use of Benedict Cumberbatch in a music video goes to this one. (Audio originally sung by Court Clark.)

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Andrew Foy

Twelve year old Foy's folksy rendition is great for unwinding after a long day.

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Jun Sung Ahn

Playing violin in the snow. Yep, that's a thing — a most wondrous thing.

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Caleb Hyles

Because guys can let it go, too.

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Piano Guys

In a most appropriate mashup, the Piano Guys cross "Let It Go" with Vivaldi's "Winter."

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Mr. Freeze

This is just straight-up the best thing ever.

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Mitch Grassi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRMCn_paypM

When he's not moonlighting as Elsa, Mitch is part of the popular acapella group Pentatonix.

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Annelise Forbes

This girl is only nine years old. I repeat, this girl is only nine years old.

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Christina Bianco

If you've ever wondered how "Let It Go" would sound like if Britney Spears or Adele sang it, then Bianco is your one stop shop.

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Alex Boyé (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children's Choir

Simply perfection. If you haven't had this on loop for at least 48 hours straight, you're doing it wrong.

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