Tell the guards to open up the gates! Arendelle: The World of Frozen has opened at Hong Kong Disneyland, allowing guests to experience the world of Frozen like never before! The immersive new land features two fun-filled attractions, alongside exclusive shopping and dining experiences.
The land is the first – and largest of three Frozen-themed lands to open at Disney’s international theme parks. The world of Frozen is also set to debut at Walt Disney Studios in Paris and as part of Tokyo DisneySea’s Fantasy Springs expansion.
We were lucky enough to attend a special preview of the new area prior to it opening to the public on November 20th. Let’s explore all the amazing offerings at World of Frozen!
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Arendelle: The World of Frozen
Upon arrival in Arendelle: The World of Frozen, celebratory banners will invite guests to ‘Come Celebrate Summer Snow Day‘, a celebration created by Elsa and Anna commemorating the day Anna bravely saved her sister Elsa from the ruthless Prince Hans kingdom with her true love.
Toward the entrance for the village, guests can visit the Friendship Fountain, where Elsa used her magical ice powers to freeze the water and create beautiful snowflake decorations. The enchanted fountain will prove to be a popular photo spot for guests wishing to memorialize their visit to Arendelle.
Guests will be warmly welcomed into the village by the citizens of Arendelle, including the Royal Arendellian Conjuror and talented Royal Arendellian Troubadours perform well-known songs. Guests can interact with Oaken and other cheerful villagers as they get ready to celebrate Summer Snow Day.
Within Arendelle’s borders, you’ll find the towering North Mountain, the location of the mesmerizing ice palace where Elsa first harnessed her icy powers, Arendelle Castle, the regal abode of the royal family, and even the fishing boat on the Bay of Arendelle that carried Anna on her fateful encounter with Hans.
Against the colorful collection of steep-roofed buildings of Arendelle Villages, guests can enjoy stunning views of Arendelle Castle, the lush Arendelle Forest, and Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs zipping around the mountain across the Bay of Arendelle, which provided a great kinetic energy to the area.
Fans of the Frozen films will be excited to see many familiar locations featured within the films, including the Clock Tower, featured in the “Love Is An Open Door” sequence where Anna dances with Prince Hans. The clock tower features traditionally carved depictions of Elsa and Anna.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Lantau Island’s natural landscape, Arendelle: The World of Frozen is inspired by the real-life nature, arts, culture, and architecture of Norway. The land features a high level of detailed theming, with many hidden nods to characters and events from the first two films.
Walt Disney Imagineering worked closely with Walt Disney Animation Studios to accurately portray the world of Frozen, with attention paid to every detail, down to the different forms of ice and snow on show.
The Norwegian-inspired area is rich in elements of Norwegian culture, including landscapes, and architectural design, including the “Dragestil” (dragon style) architectural style, Bellstrand’s asymmetrical architecture, and rose-melting flower paintings. Eagle-eyed fans will discover the golden crocus flower from the kingdom’s official crest incorporated into designs throughout Arendelle.
Walt Disney Imagineering has brought back award-winning composer, Andrew Cottee, to rearrange the iconic music from the movies for World of Frozen. Extended versions of familiar songs from the Frozen films will play throughout the different locations of the land, further immersing guests into the story.
While Arendelle is beautiful during the day, the area is truly stunning once the sun sets with glittering ice and snow, Elsa’s Ice Palace sitting atop the North Mountain, and the enchanted Friendship Fountain, which glows in sync with the orchestral music of the land.
Arendelle: The World of Frozen will feature two state-of-the-art attractions: Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs; the first Frozen-themed family coaster, and Frozen Ever After, which invites guests on a magical journey to visit Elsa’s ice palace.
Frozen Ever After
Frozen Ever After is a song-filled boat ride that takes guests on an adventurous journey through the kingdom of Arendelle during the “Official Summer Snow Day Celebration”. The ride features the award-winning music from the first film and features appearances by Anna, Elsa Kristoff, Sven and of course, Olaf. The 6-minute ride is an enhanced version of the popular Frozen attraction at Walt Disney World.
Before taking off on their adventures, guests will travel through the castle’s ice storage, run by ice master, Kristoff. The highly detailed queue is decorated with props, and artifacts including sleds, snowshoes, and framed portraits of Kristoff and his reindeer companion Sven.
As guests progress through the queue they will find themselves on the Royal Dock, surrounded by festive lights, bunting, and shimmering icicles, accompanied by lively renditions of popular Frozen tunes from the town’s chamber folk group.
Next, guests will go on a journey to the North Mountain where Elsa’s Ice Palace awaits. Upon leaving the harbor, you’ll first meet Frozen friends Olaf and Sven singing a rendition of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” in a snowy forest under an ice crystal tree created by Elsa.
Along the way, guests will encounter many fantastical creatures from the world of Frozen, including Kristoff’s family of boulder trolls, and Marshmallow the snowman accompanied by his cutie Snowgies.
The attraction features the most technologically advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever at Hong Kong Disneyland. While EPCOT’s attraction features animatronics with projected faces, this enhanced version of the ride features impressive state-of-the-art, fully electric audio-animatronics with fully realized facial features.
Amanda Chiu, Senior Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering (Asia) said: “Using state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics® figures to bring the characters to life was so innovative on this project. It’s a testament to Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering that we use innovative technology to tell heartwarming stories like never before and bring great entertainment to people of all ages.“
Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs
To celebrate Summer Snow Day, Oaken has constructed a family-friendly carnival coaster behind his Trading Post called Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs. The ride promises to take you on the wildest of adventures through the rugged landscapes of Arendelle Forest. Guests can even find Oaken himself relaxing in the sauna within the attraction’s highly-themed queue!
The Playhouse in the Woods
At The Playhouse in the Woods, nestled deep in Arendelle Forest, guests are joined by Anna and Elsa and witness Elsa’s ice magic firsthand. Disney promises a unique interactive play experience within the playhouse complete with detailed theming and special effects.
Guests can find the perfect souvenir to take home their treasured memories from the charming Tick Tock Toys & Collectibles, known for making the finest toys in the kingdom. The whimsical store is housed in an old red building, recognizable by its classic rocking horse blade sign.
Food and Beverage
During your visit to Arendelle don’t miss the opportunity to explore the charming shops and enjoy the flavors of local dishes inspired by traditional Scandinavian fare at the Golden Crocus Inn or grab a quick meal at the Forest Fair.
If you are in the mood for sine sweet confections, visit Northern Delights, named after none other than Arendelle’s famous Northern Lights. Guests can enjoy a selection of Frozen-inspired desserts.
Guests can continue their Summer Snow Day celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel when they can choose to stay in Royal Arendellian style in the magical Kingdom Club Frozen Suites, which offer a number of Frozen-themed offerings.
With the “World Of Frozen In-Room Celebration”, add-on, your hotel will decorate your room with “World Of Frozen”-themed door decorations, carpet, slippers, and amenities pouch featuring Olaf and Sven, ready to immerse you in the joy of Summer Snow Day the moment you step through the door.
Step into the world of Anna and Elsa as you open the door to the Frozen Suite. Be immersed in a picturesque winter landscape, where you can hop aboard a sofa designed after Kristoff’s sleigh, while young Guests are invited to play with a large Olaf plush toy in a cozy play corner.
Guests staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Kingdom Club Frozen Suites can also enjoy a complimentary sumptuous Frozen Afternoon Tea Set featuring scrumptious treats!
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