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P. 115: Ratatouille Opening Oct. 1 - Confirmed!

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This looks amazing. I've spent the last couple months thinking I was going to miss this, only to re-check the dates recently and find out that I'll be there just in time for the last day of it. So excited now! And hungry...

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Just because you don’t think it is good, it doesn’t mean the rest of the visiting majority agrees with your opinion. But I guess that’s the beauty of numbers... Everyone is entitled to their own opini

EPCOT is about one thing: making money for Disney. Does Guardians make money? *Glances at box office returns* Why, yes. Yes it does. Case closed.

I think “terrible” is a matter of perspective. Also understand that the person you’re debating this with has a long-proven admiration of Epcot in its classic form... Just look up Epcot’s 25th annivers

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This might be a dumb question but the event opens September 19th but are some of the booths set up and open now? Seems like in the past I remember some of the booths being open before the "official" start of the event? I'm going next Saturday and want me some food and wine dang it!

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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/frozen-attraction-coming-to-epcot/

 

When Walt Disney promised that Disneyland would never be completed, so long as there is imagination left in the world, he made a promise to our guests that we take seriously at all our locations around the world. This year, one particular product of imagination — Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit “Frozen” — captured the hearts and minds of people around the world and gave us a new opportunity to make good on Walt’s pledge.

 

We’ve made “Frozen” a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.

 

“Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

 

We’re extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!).

 

From the moment we screened the film several months before its release, we were inspired by the possibility of bringing this great story to life for our guests. Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! has been extremely popular, and now we’re looking forward to doing even more to allow our guests to experience the “Frozen” phenomenon.

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I figured this would come. I hope they extend the show building and make the ride longer.

 

I've heard that plans to extend the building were looked into but then were scrapped, but even if they just put the Frozen Characters in front of what they already have it will be a super improvement and make the lives of all girls 10 and under! (and some 40 year old website owners!)

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I think it's a good fit. It needs SOMETHING done to it, because what they currently have is a HUGE misrepresentation of that country, why not turn it into something that's more fantasy anyway?!?! Plus, it's their biggest movie in years, and should prove to have lasting power.

Better to upgrade with something current rather than a movie from the 40's (cough Mexico cough).

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I figured this would come. I hope they extend the show building and make the ride longer.

 

I've heard that plans to extend the building were looked into but then were scrapped, but even if they just put the Frozen Characters in front of what they already have it will be a super improvement and make the lives of all girls 10 and under! (and some 40 year old website owners!)

 

That's what I heard too. But this franchise is so volatile, who knows what can happen!! Maybe the fan reaction with be amazing and they will be motivated to go the extra mile.

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My first reaction to this is that of disappointment. Here's why...

 

To me, this kind of attraction does not have a place in Epcot. Especially not in World Showcase. World Showcase is not about promoting Disney franchises. It's about promoting countries of the world and representing them in a type of world's fair. How does shoving a fictional Disney story into Norway fit? It just doesn't make any sense. Seems like a completely corporate-driven decision, and to me it takes a lot away from the spirit of World Showcase and the Norway pavilion in general.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled about a Frozen ride. But it belongs in the Magic Kingdom. Period. I feel bad for the people of Norway (who, by the way, did NOT want this...)

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^ Yes, I totally agree with that!

 

If this is an attraction along the lines of The Seas with Nemo and Friends where the characters ease the transition into the real educational attraction, I'm okay with that.

 

But if this the equivalent of Under the Sea but telling the story of Frozen instead, then I don't like the idea at all! Part of the appeal of EPCOT, at least to me, is that there are very few character attractions that aren't meet-and-greets...

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I've heard that plans to extend the building were looked into but then were scrapped, but even if they just put the Frozen Characters in front of what they already have it will be a super improvement and make the lives of all girls 10 and under! (and some 40 year old website owners!)

Ugh, that is so cheap. This is the biggest property Disney has had on their hands in years and they're not willing to invest more on this? What a shame.

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I typically only ride Maelstrom if I'm with someone that's never been on it, or if there's no wait. It's not a great ride. This will be a huge hit.

 

People need to remember that Disney is a business, and Frozen will bring in a hell of a lot more people than Maelstrom currently does.

 

Now, let's do something about that Imagination pavillion...

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I see where those who don't like the idea of Disney franchises being put into the pavilions are coming from, but I disagree.

 

If you don't like that they are putting a Disney franchise-themed ride in World Showcase than I have a solution for you: DON'T RIDE IT!

 

Disney knows what they are doing. I'm sure the ride will still blend into the Norway area perfectly. And it'll draw a much higher crowd than Maelstrom ever did.

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I can only hope that this revamp and Test Track lead to other refreshes of the rides in Epcot. Captain EO, Journey into Imagination, the China and Canada Movies, Energy Adventure, and Soarin' could all use enhanced effects or a new overlay.

 

Or maybe just maybe a totally new attraction at DHS, the Waterparks, or Epcot. Heaven Forbid.

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Malestrom is only good because it's in the World Showcase and people rarely ride it when they're sober. It's time for a change.

 

You people really need to let it go...

 

(For everyone I've disgusted with that awful joke, I sincerely apologize.)

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