Is Disney Already Planning Theme Park Space for ‘Frozen’?

By January 6, 2014
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The latest addition to the Disney Princess line-up, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s charming Frozen, has already pulled in nearly $640 million at the worldwide box office in less than seven weeks in release (handily beating the studio’s other 2013 animated release, Monsters University), putting the animated sister dramedy on track to ring up a cool billion – but is Disney already planning something big for the film?

No, like really big, like life-sized big? Like, so big you could actually walk around in it? Perhaps even build your own snowman inside of it?

Over at the the Disney Dish Podcast (found by the excellent news teams over at Moviefone and /Film), Disney historian Jim Hill reveals that “the company is embracing the fact Frozen is a huge hit and wants to make it a ride sooner rather than later.” In fact, “Hill thinks it might take over the Maelstrom inside the Norway pavilion of Epcot Center.” Score one for Frozen, too bad for the Maelstrom, which has been around since Epcot opened.

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Hill explained, “That’s really filtering out. They’re already looking at 2014/2015 and where does that fit into our holiday plans…those of you who love the Maelstrom might want to go visit it.” Additionally, Hill shared that “Disney’s not going to make the mistake they made with The Little Mermaid again. They’re not going to wait 20 years to get a ride.” Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, Eric, and pals did indeed get a ride at a pair of Disney parks long after the film was a hit for the studio – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction opened in Disney California Adventure (located next door to Disneyland) on May 26, 2011, followed by the opening of a similar version in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland on October 12, 2012.

Hill seems secure enough in this information to share that “there will be something in the next 18 months. Supposedly there’s something larger in the works for Disneyland but that’s in line behind the Marvel and the Star Wars stuff.”

Do you want to see a Frozen ride at Epcot? Would you wait for one to show up at Disneyland? Are you more eager to see Marvel stuff or Star Wars stuff?

Frozen is currently in theaters.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.