With the World of Frozen expansion at Hong Kong Disneyland set to open later this year, the Disney Parks Twitter account has shared a new look at the upcoming Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs coaster set to open as part of the expansion!
New Look at Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs
The new coaster appears to take some inspiration from the likes of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom and Shanghai Disneyland. The official Disney Parks Twitter shared more details — “The FIRST Frozen-themed coaster ride, soon you will be able to embark on a scenic ride designed and built by Wandering Oaken himself at Hong Kong Disneyland.”
“The ride will be powered by his buddies Olaf and Sven as they work together to pull the sleighs to the top of the lift hill,” they continued. This is indeed the first look inside the new attraction, while most attention in the past has been devoted to nearby Frozen Ever After.
Walt Disney Imagineering and Hong Kong Disneyland President Michael Moriarty also shared a special reel on Instagram showing off Cast Members and Imagineers taking one of the first rides on the attraction. During the reel we can see a brief look at the load station as well as the ride vehicles.
We can see the sled ride vehicles, which feature faux runners below the vehicles. The vehicles are painted blue with white triangles bordering. The safety bars have a center bar to split the legs, which may be uncomfortable for certain riders.
The load station is based on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, with the work lights on in this shot specifically. It appears it will be warmly lit by the overhead lanterns upon opening.
No opening date has been given yet for World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland, although we expect to see it sometime in the fall or early winter of 2023.
World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland
“In this time of happily-ever-after, peace, and prosperity have returned to the kingdom of Arendelle, guests are invited from near and far to take part in this joyous celebration on Summer Snow Day,” said Michel Den Dulk, Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering.
At a recent Hong Kong Disneyland FanFest event, Den Dulk gave fans some additional construction updates on the new land.
He stated that The World of Frozen will take “immersive storytelling to new heights.” Den Dulk went on to say that the goal was to “create a genuine and lively Arendelle for guests to fully experience the world of the Frozen movies.”
Disney also released drone footage of the construction site showcasing the kingdom of Arendelle. The land is highlighted – and made more realistic – from the Lantau Mountain behind Hong Kong Disneyland.
As seen in the drone video, the construction of the Arendelle village is nearly finished, with the clock tower, Elsa’s Ice Palace on the North Mountain, and Arendelle Castle in place.
Den Dulk said that the Frozen Ever After attraction offers guests a unique chance to fully enter the world of Arendelle and interact with lifelike Audio-Animatronics figures of their favorite Frozen characters.
We reported that they will also feature an updated Elsa audio-animatronic — and possibly the attraction’s other animatronics. Instead of having Elsa’s facial expressions projected onto the audio-animatronic head, all of her features are built-in.
In the video below, you can see how her eyes and mouth work seamlessly and are more realistic. Her skin also looks more natural and blends with the rest of her body. Hopefully, the figures at the EPCOT attraction will eventually be replaced with these newer versions.
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