Why Frozen Summer Fun is a Must See

signIt is without question that the movie Frozen has become a massive hit around the world, and it was only a matter of time before Disney cashed in on its huge success. The two adorable sisters Anna and Elsa were first introduced to the “World” at Epcot. They greeted their fans in the Norway pavilion and then over time the lines grew. They were then moved to the Magic Kingdom so more of their adoring fans would have a chance to interact with the Queen and Princess of Arendelle. What came next was pretty much madness. Parents and children waiting up to 5 hours or more to meet the sisters. As someone that thinks waiting in a line for 15 minutes is getting to be long, spending hours in line is unimaginable to me. Parents, listen up. Your solution is to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun instead. While you might not have a personal meet and greet with them, your day will be much more exciting being immersed in everything Frozen.

Wandering Oaken Trading Post

Wandering Oaken Trading Post

As a frequent visitor to Disney World, I always enjoy experiencing new things. I wasn’t quite sure what to think and didn’t even quite know what they meant by Frozen Summer Fun. I did know however, that it was being advertised on every map, times sheet, bus, and poster all over Disney World. As my mom and I entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the first thing the cast members do is hand you an Olaf cut out. The idea behind this is to take pictures of you and your favorite snow man and post them on Twitter using #olafsummervacation. I decided we would ride Toy Story Midway Mania first and then I would look over the times sheet to see what Summer Fun was all about. On your way through the park, you can’t help but notice the giant stage that is now set up right in front of the sorcerer hat.

Frozen snacks and drinks have taken over the park.

Frozen snacks and drinks have taken over the park.

I saw on the sheet it said Wandering Oaken Trading Post. This was located right next to Toy Story. All of the Frozen cast members are dressed like they are going on a ski trip in the Alps and try to speak with their best Norwegian accent. The trading post was chocked full of Frozen merchandise. T Shirts, dolls, stuffed Olafs, jewelry, everything Frozen. Even Frozen inspired tasty treats. We left the post and went on with our day.

Enter the Frozen Funland, complete with ice rink.

I have mentioned in a previous post that I do not do well in the heat and Frozen Summer Fun was a great way to keep cool. Instead of watching the Coronation on the stage by the sorcerer’s hat, we opted out in favor of spending time in the coolest (literally and figuratively) room in the park. To the left of the the trading post mentioned earlier was a Frozen Funland, complete with snow, an ice rink, and frozen treats. It was like entering into an arctic safe haven from the unrelenting heat outside. For $10 you could ice skate, and the cast members would even help you tie up your skates. It truly felt like a little piece of Arendelle in this room.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

The other part of Frozen Summer Fun I didn’t partake in was the sing along. They recommended you sign up in advanced for this. Anna and Elsa lead everyone in Frozen’s greatest hits. I figured, I sing the songs in the shower, in my car, and in my kitchen all the time, so I could forgo this.

After another ride or two, we left the park for lunch and our midday nap with plans to return around dusk for more Frozen festivities. When we got to the park in the evening, we were welcomed by a band decked out in more alpine clothes rocking out to great songs from the 80’s. It was just a cool atmosphere. If any of you have ever been out to Disney’s California Adventure and have seen The Mad Tea Party or another band like it, they had a very similar feel. When the band finished playing, it was time for the Frozen fireworks (what I had pretty much been waiting for all day).I wasn’t quite sure where to stand since Disney’s Hollywood Studios doesn’t typically have fireworks since they have Fantasmic. stageIt was very packed in, since the Studios version of Main Street is no where near as wide and accommodating for a fireworks show, but we squeezed in and looked up. (People love to forget that fireworks are in the sky) We unexpectedly had Anna, Elsa, and Christoph on stage getting things going and even saw some selfies with Olaf from around the park. The fireworks show was amazing. They seemed to be lower and wider in the sky than other firework displays and danced perfectly to the sound of Frozen soundtrack.

#olafsummervacation

#olafsummervacation

I will never deny my love for Wishes at the Magic Kingdom, but I can’t help but feel this put Wishes to shame. I left the park that night excited from all the new things I had seen that day. I felt more apart of the Frozen world than I ever could have during a 5 minute meet and greet. If you have kids that love all things Frozen, this is a must. What was once supposed to only be during the summer, has now extended to September 28. I would strongly urge you to make the trip if you can, you won’t regret it.

 

Dealing with the Disney Heat…how I attempted to stay as cool as possible in the happiest place on Earth.

ice cream mickey earsI have recently returned from a fantastic trip to Disney World with my mom. We have been avoiding the summer months in recent years but decided to brave the July heat of Orlando. Let me preface this by saying I do not do well in the heat, and I absolutely despise humidity. I walked around incredibly jealous of people that looked like the real feel of 104 with no breeze was like a mild spring day. Why weren’t they sweating like me? Why was every hair still in place of their head while I experienced a frizzy mess? Come on people, no likes a show off. Anyway, this post is to give my honest feedback of how I dealt with the heat and tips to help you for your future summer Disney vacation.

Sitting in Cosmic Rays to cool down from the heat.

Sitting in Cosmic Rays to cool down from the heat.

Become an A.C. addict:
So I get a little annoyed when the door of my bedroom cracks open and precious air conditioned air is slipping out into the hot hallway. Disney, on the other hand thinks that cool air is something that should be shared with the world, inside and outside. OK, not really, but they have no problem leaving doors open of buildings that are cranking out some powerful A.C. without feeling wasteful. On this particular trip, indoor attractions were my friend. Anything I would have had to wait outside for and didn’t have a fastpass for, I was just not going to wait. Anything that would have me outside without any chance of cooling down (ex, the shows at Hollywood Studios) I skipped. As much as I love Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones, the thought of sitting outside close to people without the chance to cool down for 30-40 minutes sounded like torture. The key to getting around the park and staying cool is utilizing restaurants, bathrooms, and gift shops (All air conditioned). Sometimes my mom and I just sat at a quick service restaurant for 15 minutes to cool our bodies down before we braved the heat again. You and everyone else in your party will feel better after a refreshing break.

Apparently I love to mist myself.

Apparently I love to mist myself.

Bring a misting fan:
I bought one cheap from Wal Mart and was so incredibly thankful I had it. It made some of the longer walks or longer waits bearable.

Keep that refillable mug stocked with ice.

Keep that refillable mug stocked with ice.

Try a zero calorie snack:
If you purchase the refillable mug or just bought a soda and a quick service restaurant, don’t throw away the ice. Keep it with you as you walk around the park. This zero calorie snack is a great way to cool yourself down.

Become a vampire during the hottest part of the day:
For this particular trip, our plan of attack was fastpasses early in the day so we were back at our hotel during the hottest/most crowded part of the day, then back to the parks at dusk. If you go into the trip knowing that you might not get to everything in the park, but it will be worth it because you won’t be mentally, emotionally, and physically drained then you will feel good about your decision to cut out early and come back later.

Olaf is all over the place, ready to keep you cool.

Olaf is all over the place, ready to keep you cool.

Do you want to build a snowman? How about ice skate?
If you are fortunate enough to visit Disney World while Frozen has taken over Hollywood Studios, make sure to visit the Wandering Oaken Fun Zone. To give you some indication of how cool it is in there, the staff members are wearing winter sweaters and pants. Inside this winter wonderland is a huge pile of snow kids (and adult kids) can make snow castles and dig in actual snow. Or for $10, you glide along in the indoor ice rink. My mom and I just sat in this building for a while. Not to mention this is where you can get some delicious Frozen themed treats. Definitely a must see if you’re there this summer.

Some things to consider:
With all this talk of unforgivable heat, it might seem counterintuitive for me to tell you to pack a light jacket, but here is my rationale for it. If you are a sweater or are now wet thanks to an attraction with water and you enter into a deliciously air conditioned room (for example the hall of presidents for a 40 minute show), evaporation will cool you down. And at times, it might make you even chilly. Having a super lightweight jacket can come in handy.

The pools were basically baths, hit the showers for a refreshing feel.

The pools were basically baths, hit the showers for a refreshing feel.

The pools were not exactly refreshing. Now I can’t attest to every pool in the Walt Disney World Resort, but I can say the pool I had at my hotel was like bath water. This is something that feels amazing on a chilly November day, but when you are just looking to cool down and you think pool is the trick only to be met with 85-90 degree water, you realize it would be more refreshing to take a cold shower. This was a bit of a letdown to me, but in the intense sun, I understand how the shallow pools heat up so fast. Swimming in the morning would be your best chance at a refreshing experience.

My other tip to you would be to take advantage of the late extra magic hours if you can. My mom and I stayed for the Magic Kingdom extra magic hours from 11-1am. We made it to around 12:30 but the lines were so short and it was much cooler than during the day.

Overall this was a very good trip. It might be awhile until I go back in the summer, but this is because I am spoiled by Disney World in January (parks are empty). As always, be smart about being in the heat. Stay hydrated and don’t forget the sunscreen. Just enjoy your time there without overdoing it and you will feel calm, cool, and collected throughout your trip.