First and foremost, I love Disney World. I love everything about it. I love Epcot, and Maelstrom in Norway is one of my more favorite attractions in Epcot. Now with news breaking that 'Frozen' will be taking over Maelstrom, I can't help but wonder if Disney is stuck on their latest big grossing movie.
I love 'Frozen,' and I love the music in the film as well. However, things have been a little icy around Disney as of late thanks to an overabundance of Elsa, Anna, and Olaf. One cast member even lamented about guests asking where the "real" characters and merchandise were. That's a bit off, since the whole parks are basically big gift shops, but I digress. (I did love ice skating at Hollywood Studios)
I have long speculated that Disney would eventually try and change World Showcase at Epcot into a child friendly place. While the second half of Epcot is great the way it is, I could see 'Frozen' moving into Norway, Jasmine and Aladdin invading Morocco, Mulan getting a ride in China, the list goes on and on. And I wonder if this isn't the first step?
Maybe I'm just sad to say goodbye to a ride that I've enjoyed for more than a decade (or two I'm old get over it), and perhaps I'm just miffed that Epcot was the one theme park that actually seemed to welcome older guests with open arms.
The thing is, a "Frozen" ride will fit right in and the lines will be excruciatingly long, because it's that popular. Personally, I can't wait to see Elsa freeze Cinderella Castle, because Disney knows how to do things that make the world seem a little further away.
Yes, closing Maelstrom is a bit of punch to the jaw, but I guess I have to let it go. Sorry I couldn't resist.