If you’re a Disney fan, then you saw the news. And if you saw the fan’s response to the news, you would have thought that they announced that the Magic Kingdom was closing. Who knew the Maelstrom had such a large following?
If you don’t follow Disney news the way that I do, let me explain. The Maelstrom, one of two rides in the World Showcase half of Epcot, is about to get a Frozen makeover. In fact, the entire Norway Pavilion is going to be transformed into the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Not only will the new ride be there but also another permanent place for you to meet the royal sisters.
As a blogger, of course I need to add my two cents, it’s what we do, right?
Honestly, I don’t think it’s as big of a deal as many would like to think. Is Epcot the best place for Frozen to have as a permanent home? No, I don’t think so. It would fit better in Fantasyland. A case could be made connecting the Princess character breakfast that already happens in Norway to the Frozen theme, but its an animated fairytale and those really belong in the Magic Kingdom.
That said, I don’t really understand the sudden wave of support for The Maelstrom. It’s fine as a ride, it’s not the worst ride at Epcot (I’m looking at you Nemo and Friends) but it’s also no where close to the best. It’s very dated and in need of updating. A lot of people are complaining that it doesn’t fit with the philosophy and ideals of Epcot. That may be true, but ideals and philosophy don’t translate into ticket sale as much as they maybe should.
Also, if it helps cut down those multi-hour waits to meet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom, I’m all for that. When we get to take my daughter, I want her to meet them, but I have no desire to stand in those lines as they are now.
Let’s be completely honest here, Epcot has never been what Walt envisioned it being. Although, if Frozen’s popularity continues to encourage people to visit Norway, maybe this does fit into the overall ideals of what Epcot is about.
What are your thoughts? Are you exciting for the new Frozen ride in Norway or should Disney just let it go (see what I did there?)?