PHOTOS, VIDEO: Take a (Short) Ride Through the Forest on Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs in World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Take a (Short) Ride Through the Forest on Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs in World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland

With the opening of World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland comes the first-ever “Frozen” roller-coaster, Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs. According to the ride’s backstory, it was built by Wandering Oaken and powered by Sven the reindeer, with help from Olaf and his carrot nose.

Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs Queue

Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs

Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs is in the Enchanted Forest section of World of Frozen, next to the Playhouse in the Woods.

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The sign features a flat wooden depiction of Oaken in his blue sleigh.

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Guests enter through the façade of Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.

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There’s a life-size troll carving by the entryway.

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Inside the Trading Post, guests pass by Oaken’s many wares, from pots and pans to carved wood animals to swimsuits for the sauna.

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Oaken is having a Summer Snow Day Blowout in honor of the holiday being celebrated throughout World of Frozen.

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You won’t be able to buy anything right now as Oaken has popped off to the sauna.

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Behind the counter, Oaken’s offerings include Summer Snow Sun Balm and a cold remedy.

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There are walking sticks in a bin beneath a blue swimsuit.

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Another swimsuit is striped with zig-zagging lines.

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After the Trading Post, the queue briefly goes outside before winding through covered stone hallways.

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Guests who are waiting get a glimpse of what’s to come as they pass by tracks.

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The Sliding Sleighs coaster trains resemble a chain of wood sleighs painted blue and hitched together.

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Look for a familiar salamander near these tracks. He’s not in these pictures, but you can see him in our video at the end of this article.

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After moving through more stone hallways, guests reach the sauna.

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Just like in the queue for Frozen Ever After at EPCOT, Oaken appears in the sauna’s window thanks to a screen.

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He talks, sings, and draws snowflakes on the window.

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As the queue nears its end, guests pass by Oaken’s workbench, which is covered in his plans for the attraction.

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There are plans for the coaster track, including the thought that trees could be used as support.

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The final idea for Sven powering the attraction is illustrated. He’s on a treadmill, with Olaf sitting on his back dangling his carrot nose on a string in front of him. Notes read, “Sven is strong,” “prepare extra carrots,” and “Better idea.”

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The worse idea is pinned to the wall above and sees Sven standing on Olaf’s back as the snowman runs. Sven dangles Olaf’s carrot nose in front of him and a note reads “How much does Olaf like his nose?”

Also pinned on the wall is a Sleigh Design III, featuring a barely-altered tree as the sleigh, and the design for a troll sculpture for Kristoff.

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The final troll sculpture is just steps away and depicts three trolls standing on each other.

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Another idea for the coaster sees Sven pulling the sleighs, asking, “How long can Sven run for?”

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This design also notes snow on the mountains and a waterfall. Other sketches depict the Trading Post and queue guests just walked through.

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Sleigh Design I depicts a sleigh made from a barrel, while Sleigh Design II sees it made from crates.

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Another diagram pinned to the wall suggests using buckets for helmets. Thankfully, this isn’t required for the ride.

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On the idea for Sleigh Design I, Oaken has drawn a sad Snowgie in the corner with the note “only one person at a time.”

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The final sleigh design (XII) is pinned in the center, with sketches of the sleigh from multiple angles and notes stating two people can fit in each car, it has comfortable seating, and it’s fast, safe, and stylish.

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Oaken also wondered if he should give out free jars of lutefisk (dried whitefish) to guests.

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A final drawing has been partially colored in and shows a wooden track moving over water in front of a waterfall.

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A sign on the wall lists safety information and features a carved silhouette of Olaf and Sven powering the ride. In this area, you’ll also hear Oaken, “Sven,” and Kristoff announcing safety information in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs

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Now it’s time to board the sleigh.

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As the ride begins, the sleighs take guests past Sven and Olaf.

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Sven’s running gets guests up the hill.

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The sleighs are then sent “sliding” down and through the mountain, with views of Arendelle (and the Castle of Magical Dreams in the distance).

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The ride experience is similar to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom.

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The actual ride is only about one minute long.

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When the sleighs pull back to the station, banners welcome guests back and thank them for riding.

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A small blue sleigh similar to the one guests ride is on a platform next to the track.

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Upon exiting, guests can see a large map of the track winding through the mountains, with Arendelle Castle in the background.

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Watch our full POV video of the queue and Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs below.

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  • Shannen Ace

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