This article details our experience with Frozen Ever After, commonly known as the Frozen Ride at Epcot. Below, we’ll discuss details for experiencing the Frozen attraction, including the best times to ride. We’ll also discuss whether or not you’ll need to purchase Disney’s Genie+ to secure a Lightning Lane for this attraction.
Frozen Ever After is one of the more popular attractions at Walt Disney World. Located in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase, this ride was formerly home to the Maelstrom attraction. Maelstrom consisted of a Viking boat ride through the history of Norway.
Of course, the historical charm was lost with the replacement of Maelstrom. Now, you visit the fictional country of Arendelle and see animatronics featuring everyone’s favorite Frozen characters. Given the popularity of Frozen, you can expect long wait times throughout most of the day.
Here is a quick reference chart for Frozen Ever After.
|Frozen Ever After
Yes, with Disney Genie+
Boat, Mild Thrill, Dark Ride
Seats Per Vehicle:
2-3 per row
Early Theme Park Hours:
Extended Evening Hours:
Mild drop similar to Pirates
of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom
On-Ride Photo Opportunity
Guests in wheelchairs or ECVS must transfer to the ride vehicle. Details for those with mobility issues (i.e., wheelchair, ECVs) can be found on Disney’s site. Hand-held captioning is available.
Frozen Ever After Ride Review
While Frozen Ever After is not the newest attraction at Epcot, it is every bit as popular as one. Those who consider this attraction a priority might consider heading straight to it at rope drop (when the park opens).
Frozen Ever After is a regular Lightning Lane selection with Disney Genie+ (an extra cost upgrade). When selecting your initial Genie+, Frozen Ever After and Test Track are usually the most popular choices. These two options are also the most difficult to obtain of the regular Disney Genie+ selections. Both usually exceed one-hour waits during peak times.
Currently, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind are both a la carte individual Lightning Lane attractions. So Frozen Ever After falls into the regular Disney Genie+ category.
For those who don’t purchase Genie+, you’ll probably want to check out the entrance before joining the line. Unfortunately, since most of the queue is inside, it’s difficult to gauge the length of the line.
When the line is exceptionally long, it extends outside. If the line is completely stopped outside or extends past Akershus, I would skip it and return later. You’re probably looking at well over an hour wait at that point.
When you reach the ride’s boarding area, you’ll be assigned a row or rows based on how many guests are in your party. Each boat has four rows that sit approximately three to four guests per row.
Here is a look at the boat. You’ll step onto the seat and then down into the boat to board it.
We’re headed off to Elsa’s Ice Palace. Olaf and Sven are the first characters we’ll encounter.
The next scene features the trolls sharing the story of the two Frozen princesses.
As we continue, we run into Anna, Kristoff, and Sven. Sven mistook a piece of ice for a treat and got himself into a sticky situation.
Next, we run into Elsa singing, Let it Go. She sends you away, kind of like how she does Anna in the movie.
Before the final scene, we run into Marshmallow and the Snowgies. Here your boat will shift and prepare for the final drop.
Look up and smile at the camera on the way down. You’ll arrive back in Arendelle before you know it. For Maelstrom fans, look closely. You might find a pair of puffins in this area that were left from the former attraction as a bit of an Easter Egg.
We’ve reached the final scene, where Olaf finally “gets to do what frozen things get to do in summer.”
Frozen Ever After FAQs
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Frozen ride at Epcot.
- Is there a height requirement for Frozen Ever After? No, there is no height requirement to enjoy this attraction.
- Is there a ride drop on Frozen Ever After? You can expect a small backward drop in the boat during the Elsa scene. It is gradual, and you might be more surprised than anything. You will likely enjoy the surroundings from a different vantage point. Additionally, when you straighten back up, there is a forward-facing drop toward the end. If you’ve ever ridden Pirates of the Caribbean, the drop it’s similar. While the drops are not significant, you might encounter a small splash.
- Is there a PhotoPass opportunity? Yes, there is an on-ride photo capture at the end of the ride on the forward-facing drop. Remember to look up and smile for the camera.
- Can we ride Frozen Ever After during theme park benefit hours? Frozen Ever After is available for Walt Disney World Resort guests during early theme park hours. Additionally, the attraction is open during extended evening hours for deluxe and deluxe villa resort guests.
*Unfortunately, Walt Disney World no longer offers Extra Magic Hours. We have a list of the resorts eligible for early theme park hours. Or you can read more about the extended evening hours on Disney’s site.
Frozen Ever After is a cute ride worth experiencing at least once during your vacation. If you’re a Frozen fan, you might enjoy our list of everything Frozen at Walt Disney World.
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth at Epcot
- Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
- Impressions de France
- Character Meets at Epcot
We also have a lengthy list of Disney World Resort Reviews. If you’re planning to spend a good deal of time at Epcot, you might enjoy our guide to Epcot Resorts. All of these resorts are only a Friendship Boat ride or walk away.
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort Review
- Disney’s Yacht Club Review
- Swan and Dolphin Resort Review
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review
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