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New Frozen Ever After attraction warms up EPCOT’s Norway pavilion

Disney’s most success animation franchise now has a home in EPCOT’s Norway pavilion. Olaf, Anna, Queen Elsa and all their friends have decamped from Arendelle to have a summer snow day. “Frozen Ever After” and the “Royal Sommerhus” are already attraction crowds all day long.… Read More »New Frozen Ever After attraction warms up EPCOT’s Norway pavilion

Construction update from Disney’s Frozen attraction at EPCOT

Disney is rushing to capitalize on the mega-hit “Frozen” movie franchise by adding an attraction “Frozen Ever After” and a meet and greet to the Norway Pavilion. Alas, you can’t see anything of what’s happening in the show building for the former Maelstrom attraction from… Read More »Construction update from Disney’s Frozen attraction at EPCOT

Construction Update from Frozen Ever After at EPCOT

Dropped by EPCOT last week to see if any construction on the new Frozen Ever After attraction was visible. So far, everything is taking place behind the closed doors of the previous attraction. While we learned that the re-imagined attraction will remain a boat ride… Read More »Construction Update from Frozen Ever After at EPCOT

Passport to Dreams Annual Disney Parks review is a must-read

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Foxx Fur, whose Passport to Dreams blog I return to time and time again for her detailed dissections of Disney’s theme park & resort design, is out with a wrap up of how good (or bad) 2014 was for Disney’s domestic theme parks. Okay, technically, the full reviews ended in 2011. Foxx Fur just hasn’t had the heart to continue them since then, too depressing. Instead this year, we get a take down of epic proportions on three huge mistakes Disney made in 2014.

To be fair, there is some good stuff to be happy about in 2014, New Fantasyland finally opened its final attraction “The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” and it is a charming dark ride (albeit with some unforgivable errors at the end) and the Magic Kingdom also got a parade it deserves in “Festival of Fantasy.”

But three major changes are pretty much unforgivable from the author’s perspective.

I haven’t been to Disneyland in much too long. When I was last there, you could still visit Walt Disney’s un-used apartment above New Orleans Square. It was great having that previously private space open to guests, even if it was as a store. When it became the Dream Suite, that space was lost to guests. I knew that the expansion of Club 33 in 2014 cost guests another space (the Court of Angels), but I didn’t realize how badly it mangled Walt Disney’s vision of New Orleans Square destroying perspective and genericizing facades that were previously some of the best examples of Imagineering in any of the parks. Read More »Passport to Dreams Annual Disney Parks review is a must-read

Disney Animation: Your Hopes & Dreams

Update: Congrats to Walt Disney Animation Studios who took home a Golden Globe for best animated feature film given by the Hollywood Foreign Press at the Golden Globes last night. Last one was so successful, I thought we would do this again! For those who… Read More »Disney Animation: Your Hopes & Dreams