Frozen Ever After, a ride that is perhaps enhanced even further when viewed on someone else’s phone held high above their head, opened in the Maelstrom space in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot back in mid-June. The website has posted a couple of updates since then regarding strategy and how to ride with the shortest waits along with some updates on downtime and how wait times have progressed over the last few months. For the initial strategy, see this post from back in June. At the end of the summer, I followed up with another post on how things had improved a bit since the initial opening and updated on FastPass+ availability. That post is available here.
As a quick refresher, Frozen was basically built on top of an already aging ride system that was historically somewhat unreliable. Like with the Test Track “reimagining,” they added technical elements that initially proved unreliable. So not only would Frozen go down if the boats couldn’t be pulled up the hill or got stuck on the track, but also if Elsa’s face was missing. But by the end of the summer, things were looking much rosier with relatively little downtime resulting in shorter standby waits.
Over the first four days of operation, the overall average wait was 156 minutes or just over two and a half hours.
For the entire period of June 21st through August 29th, the overall average wait dropped to 91 minutes, a chart for which you can see in its entirety here.
We continue our tour around World Showcase with a visit to the main quick service arm of the France Pavilion, after considering a review of the all-day menu and the current state of (Les) Chefs de France in this post.
For whatever reason, Les Halles is not an ordinary haunt for the website and as much as I am ashamed to admit it, it may well be an out of sight, out of mind sort of thing.
One thing that I’ve struggled with for years, and something that I’m not ashamed to admit, is where to put “(Les) Chefs de France” in an alphabetical list of Epcot restaurants. On one hand, “Les” is clearly visible on the signage over the restaurant’s entrance as well as over the menus on display on both sides of the entrance. On the other hand, no “Les” appears on the “Experience the Tastes of France” sign closer to the front of this picture.
It’s Chefs de France on the front of the menu itself, sans Les, with the trademark symbol at the end of the name.
We return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Characterpalooza is taking place outside the entrance on the far right at 3:45pm.
It looks like we’ve got Max, Minnie, Evil Queen, and Aladdin meeting guests with virtually nobody in line.
If you are one of the unfortunate people that frequent this website, you have probably seen me going on about the shockingly low attendance over the summer followed by September, a month which saw even lower crowds and wait times. All eyes have been on October, a month which has seen crowds steadily increase over the last couple of years as the northeast sees school breaks for religious/colonial holidays and parts of the southeast host fall breaks. A lot of local Florida schools also have this Friday and Monday off.
For some more background on last month, you might check out September Returns With A Vengeance To Walt Disney World if you missed it.
This was the Magic Kingdom chart used for that update with the overall average wait coming in at 25 minutes.
These are wait times from a September Party date with the 16-minute overall average, which is going to be one of the lowest of the year.