World of Frozen in Hong Kong Disneyland is officially open! We already got a preview of the park’s new version of Frozen Ever After thanks to photos shared by Disney and a video by Disney Magical Kingdom Blog, but we visited the park for opening day and got to witness the updated ride ourselves.
The major difference between the original Frozen Ever After in EPCOT and the new version at Hong Kong Disneyland is the character faces. The original ride used screen-based faces on the animatronics, but the new version uses more reliable and seamless-looking physical faces.
Frozen Ever After in Hong Kong Disneyland
The conceit of Frozen Ever After at both EPCOT and Hong Kong Disneyland is that guests are visiting Arendelle to celebrate the Official Summer Snow Day.
Hong Kong Disneyland expanded this celebration to the rest of World of Frozen.
The queue in Hong Kong Disneyland is not exactly the same as the one in EPCOT, but features similar props and scenery.
Guests load the boat ride in what appears to be a lantern-lit courtyard of Arendelle.
During the ride, guests first encounter Olaf and Sven in a snowy forest.
Olaf sings a modified version of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?,” in which he invites riders to Elsa’s ice palace.
Riders then pass by Grand Pabbie telling some of the younger trolls about the story of the first “Frozen” film.
Guests approach Elsa’s Ice Palace — which they also see outside the attraction on the North Mountain.
Olaf appears again, ice skating around a fountain before guests encounter Anna and Kristoff.
The couple is singing a version of “For the First Time in Forever.”
Meanwhile, Sven tries to get his tongue unstuck from an ice railing.
Guests then enter the ice palace and encounter Elsa, singing “Let it Go.”
The boats glide backward as Elsa sends her magic spinning along the walls around them.
Marshmallow, the giant snowman, rears up from among a nest of Snowgies. With his icy breath, guests are sent careening down a drop into the fjord.
After passing Arendelle’s Castle, guests see Olaf, Anna, and Elsa again.
The sisters are now in their “Frozen Fever” summer outfits and sing “In Summer” as the ride comes to an end.
Watch our POV video of Frozen Ever After at Hong Kong Disneyland below.
Frozen Ever After opened at EPCOT in 2016 and was a reimagining of the Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion. The animatronics on the ride have recently experienced technical difficulties with their screen-based faces.
Stay tuned for further coverage of World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland, which includes the new Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs roller-coaster and “Playhouse in the Woods” stage show. You can also take a look at our breakdown of the differences between the EPCOT and the Hong Kong Disneyland versions of the attraction.