Stay cool at Disney in July. Frozen Summer Fun features snow, ice skating and shows
By Peter Covino
A& E Editor
You can’t use that old excuse it is just too hot to go to Disney World in the summer.
The temperature may reach the mid-90s most days in summer in Central Florida, but it is downright Frozen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through Sept. 1.
Disney is celebrating all things Frozen, as in the hit animated film with Frozen Summer Fun Live!, a whole series of events that happen at the theme park, including ice skating, a parade, a snow playground and a sing-a-long stage show featuring both live entertainers and scenes from the movie.
There is something for everyone at this summer festival, and if it gets too hot, just step inside of Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland. This is the place where you actually ice skate in summer, inside the park’s Soundstage One. There also a real snow play area for the kids. The soundstage has been transformed into a winter wonderland with Nordic trees surrounding the whole interior. The ice skating rink is quite large, and ice skates are available for rental. The cost is $10 for 30 minutes of fun on the ice, and includes the use of ice skates, socks and a helmet. Skating sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis each day from park opening to 8 p.m.
You might not think about needing to warm up in Florida in summer, but you just might need a cup of hot cocoa after spending some time on the ice or in the snowy play area.
Other options available at the trading post include cupcakes featuring those royal sisters Anna and Elsa. You can really keep cool with a Frozen blue raspberry slush as well.
Make sure you time your visit to the winter wonderland for the live skating show as well.
And, both inside the sound stage, and at the entrance is some fun for the technically-minded. By downloading the free Aurasma application to your phone or tablet, you can be in a photo with characters from the movie. It is a bit complicated, you need to stand in the correct space to get it to work, but your photo subject will suddenly have a reindeer or Olaf, the snow man in your photo, thanks to a little app magic. If you can’t get it to work, that isn’t a problem either. Disney cast members are nearby, providing some expertise for perfect photos.
Back outside, the reality of summer in July may come as a sudden jolt, but the heat is worthwhile for Frozen fans at Anna’s & Elsa’s Royal Welcome parade. Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard. Rugged mountain man Kristoff is there well, joined by a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, all dressed in their Arendelle best. And yes, it even snows in July during the parade.
You can cool off again though at For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Inside the park’s Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle a retelling of the history of their kingdom, and all of just under 30-minutes. The show features projections, lighting and special effects, and of course, those special sing-along moments from the film’s chart-topping soundtrack. The show is presented multiple times each day.
As daytime ends, the Frozen fun doesn’t stop. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily, a live band takes the stage to with contemporary songs and a tunes from the film at the nightly dance party.
No day at Disney complete without a fireworks show, and the Frozen Fireworks show goes off each evening at 9:45 p.m. Centered around the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Blvd. there are special projections of snow and ice images, in the pyrotechnics spectacular.. Set to the film’s soundtrack, the fireworks show features some special guests – including a magical appearance from Elsa in which she shows how her powers flurry “through the air and to the ground” to produce magically icy blue and white gleaming fireworks
Guests can actually be a part of the show celebration by hashtagging photos of themselves in the park with a “Take-Along Olaf.” Throughout the day, Take-Along Olafs will be distributed at various locations in the park. Guests are then invited to take Olaf along with them on their Disney’s Hollywood Studios adventures. By sharing their photos with the unique hashtag #OlafSummerVacation, their photos may appear on the big screen in this special pre-show feature.
Guests also can purchase The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package, which offers reserved viewing for three of the new experiences: Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, a showing of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area for viewing of the nighttime Frozen Fireworks. Packages cost $59 for adults and $34 for children (including tax and gratuity); guests can book the package by calling 407-939-1939.
Frozen fun is not exclusive to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At the Magic Kingdom, there are several more Frozen opportunities including:
•Meet Anna and Elsa inside Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland
•Anna and Elsa appear in the new daytime spectacular “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade”
•The “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show transforms Cinderella Castle with visuals from “Frozen.”