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Look for "Frozen Fun" to linger on at Disney's Hollywood Studios thru 2015, debut soon in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot area

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Look for "Frozen Fun" to linger on at Disney's Hollywood Studios thru 2015, debut soon in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot area

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Given that we're right in the middle of an early cold spell up here in New Hampshire, I'm thinking that now would be a good time to bring up how the folks who run  Disney's Hollywood Studios' aren't quite ready to "Let (It) Go" of that theme park's "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!"

Oh, sure. You've no doubt already heard about how this popular special event -- which was originally supposed to come to a close on September 1st has now been extended to September 28th. But what you may not have heard is that -- if DHS managers have their way -- "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!" could continue well into next year.

Don't believe me? Then let me share a "Frozen" -related tidbit that showed up in my e-mail in-box earlier tonight. It would seem that one of the performers who plays a key role in "For the First Time in Forever: A 'Frozen' Sing-Along Celebration" is currently in negotiations to extend their contract to perform / appear in this show through 2015.

Mind you, should he/she finally come to terms with WDW Entertainment office and opt to extend their contract to continue to appear in this presented-7-times-a-day sing-along show ...  Well, they may soon find themselves singing in a different venue.

Why For? Well, to be blunt, DHS' Premiere Theater has been the home to the "Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special" for the past couple of years. And given that WDW officials would love to see this Pleasure Island-inspired show return to this theme park as part of Disney's Hollywood Studios' Xmas entertainment line-up ... Well, that then means that "For the First Time in Forever: A 'Frozen' Sing-Along Celebration" would have to vacate the Premiere Theater to then make room for the "Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special."

"If that's actually going to happen in late November, where then is the 'Frozen' sing-along show supposed to go?," you ask. Well, you may have noticed that the closing date for DHS' American Idol Experience has just been moved up from the originally-announced January 4, 2015 to August 30, 2014. That was done for a reason, folks. To give "For the First Time in Forever: A 'Frozen' Sing-Along Celebration" someplace to move to in late October so that the Premiere Theater can then be prepped for the "Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special."

It's worth noting here that -- at least from a capacity point of view -- moving "For the First Time in Forever: A 'Frozen' Sing-along Celebration" from the Premiere Theater to the American Idol Experience theatre won't really help all those WDW Guests who are waiting outside in line with their kids, eager to participate in this "Frozen" -themed sing-along. Believe it or not, the American Idol Experience actually has 100 fewer seats than the Premiere Theater.

That said, DHS managers are hoping that the American Idol Experience's central location inside of this theme park -- coupled with its prominent Hollywood-style marquee / exterior Jumbotron -- will make it that much easier for WDW Guests to find / take part in this 7-times-a-day sing-along show.

And speaking of "Frozen" -related shows & attractions ... Cast members who work at Epcot's Norway pavilion have been reportedly been told that "Maelstrom" will be closing on September 28th or thereabouts so that the demolition of this World Showcase attraction can then begin.

"And what might Epcot's 'Frozen' ride be called?," you ask. Well, WDI is keeping this upcoming Epcot attraction's name very close to its vest. Though it is worth noting that -- back on May 14th of this year -- The Walt Disney Company did register this domain name:

  • olafsadventures.com

Of course, if you want more definitive information, then I suggested that you tune in "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic." Which is supposed to air on ABC two weeks from tonight on September 2nd at 8 p.m. ET / PT. For not only will this television special take you behind-the-scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to show you how this Chris Buck / Jennifer Lee film was made (not to mention revealing what the "Once Upon a Time" versions of Anna, Elsa and Kristoff will look like), I'm told that "The Story of Frozen" will also offer brief glimpses of the "Frozen" -inspired attractions / experiences that are already in the works for Epcot & Disney California Adventure Park.

"And what's in the works for DCA?," you query. Well, if you're a big fan of the offerings found at Florida's "Summer Frozen Fun LIVE!," you're going to love what 's about to happen to Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Both the Muppet*Vision Theater and  Sound Stage 17 (AKA the home of West Coast version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It!") will soon receive "Frozen" -themed makeovers. Which will then allow Disneyland Resort visitors to meet-n-greet with the characters, do a little ice-skating and even participate in a sing-along.

As for when Disney California Adventure's new "Frozen" makeover will actually be opening to the public ... I think that I'll "Let (that one) go" 'til a later JHM article.

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  • I'm so sick of Frozen!  Enough is enough already.  Going to really miss Maelstrom.

  • PLEASE click to take our 3 minute survey about Frozen and the Norway Pavilion at Epcot!!  This is a project some faculty colleagues and I are doing with our students and we'll be grateful for your opinions and data!  Completely anonymous with no annoying follow up!

    Thank you for considering!

  • Frozen is a wonderful film with great characters, great music, and a great story. I'm glad that the film has been so successful for Disney.

    I have to say, it would be pretty cool if Disneyland Resort in California would get a Frozen attraction. These characters have really resonated with people, and it would be great to see more of a Frozen presence in California. People have really been responding very well to the Frozen per-parade in Disneyland. I've actually seen people sing-along to the instrumental version of "Let it Go" that accompanies the float.

    Plus, there was that recent news that in Downtown Disney Anaheim, Studio Disney 365 will soon be replaced by Elsa & Anna's Boutique.

    It's good to know that "Frozen" will be featured in California Adventure. and I'm willing to bet sure that World of Color "Winter Dreams" will return as well.

    Sadly, on the Internet it is "cool" to hate on something just because it is popular and successful, but that doesn't change the fact that Frozen is a great film with characters that people really love.

  • Frozen was a so so movie focusing on a girl who almost kills her sister, her parents die on a ship, both siblings are kept separated in their childhood, one girl is tricked by the guy she loves and the entire kingdom is almost destroyed.  What a wonderful film.  Now they will be destroying a true World Showcase ride for a movie ride.  It doesn't fit in world showcase, but since the Imagineers have left years ago they are going to throw something together.  Why can't they create a new ride experience at Hollywood Studios.  Isn't that park based on movies?  Yeah, that would make sense.

  • If this was a Pixar boy film, they'd already be planning where to open the 5-acre themed area by now in DCA.

  • "Tired of Disney" is just a bitter, mean-spirited elitist individual trying to make a weak attempt at humor while hiding behind a keyboard. They are also in the minority about their opinions of the film. Also, if he/she is "tired of Disney" then why do they even care about where a Frozen attraction is put?

    Like I said before, on the Internet, it is "cool" to hate on something just because it is popular and successful.

    Frozen won Academy Awards and broke records. Millions of people agree that it was a great film, case closed.

  • I also have to say, I do not appreciate that fact that "tired of Disney" mocked and twisted my comment about calling Frozen a wonderful film.

    I also can't help but notice that--generally speaking--the only time that people will make comments on this site, it will be to complain and be negative. If you look at most of Jim's articles in recent months, there are usually either zero comments, or a whole bunch of comments with complaints and negativity (like this article) which means that the only time people choose to comment is when they want to be negative.

    On the Internet, being positive is often seen as a "weakness" and I'm tired of that. It seems like whenever one makes a positive comment, they will get mocked and their words will get twisted.

    But now, to tie this back to the original topic, Frozen was a huge success, *that* is why Disney is doing so much with it. whether you like it or not. (There is also a high public demand for Frozen merchandise and content) The bottom line is, if people dislike Frozen, then they are in the minority. Facts are facts. It was a great film and its success is well deserved.

  • Love your article, but it annoys me to see Chip and Co. plagiarizing your work. Here is their article withOUT crediting you!


  • The American Idol experience is closing early due to the actual television show going off the air after it's current season. It would be ridiculous to keep running a stage show that offers "front-of-the-line" audition prizes for a tv show that will no longer be auditioning contestants. The convenience of this means that the park can keep "For the First Time in Forever," which was due to close, having no future home. Also, the "contracts" for the sing-a-long performers have been extended at this time. And auditions for additional performers have been held as well.

    For inquiring minds, the American Film Institute memorabilia area (currently the end/exit of the Backlot Tour attraction) is up for grabs, the items that appeared there were museum grade movie props and memorabilia that were on loan from AFI, and have been removed as of this past Friday (by AFI, not Disney). So that area may be feeling a little colder soon...hope this helps settle any rumors about things happening at DHS. As for Epcot....I can't help provide any info for that park's future endeavors.

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