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Finally, they’re opening up the gates — to Disneyland’s first-ever World of Frozen!
In the new land at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which opened to the public on Monday, fans of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven can immerse themselves in the magical world of Arendelle and experience three new attractions.
The two new rides in the land, which is located on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, include Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleigh, a roller-coaster adventure through Arendelle Forest, and Frozen Ever After, a boat ride to Elsa’s Ice Palace while characters from the movie sing songs including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, “For the First Time in Forever” and, of course, “Let It Go.” (The latter attraction previously opened at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park in June 2016.)
Cast members playing Elsa, Anna and Kristoff will also walk around the land interacting with visitors, according to CNN, while a band will play music.
Frozen fans can also visit the Playhouse in the Woods, a new immersive theater experience with Anna and Elsa, the Northern Delights confectionary shop, and the Golden Crocus Inn, where they can tuck into Nordic-inspired dishes including a meatball platter and seafood medley.
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According to CNN, Disney Imagineers spent more than three years working on the concept and design of the World of Frozen, which is divided into two areas: Arendelle Village and Arendelle Forest.
“World of Frozen represents Hong Kong Disneyland’s largest and boldest expansion since it opened in 2005,” said Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Experiences, per a press release from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
“Our theme parks always grow and evolve with new stories and experiences, and it is exciting to make all these new worlds come to life for our guests,” he added. “As Walt Disney said, ‘Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world.’ At Disney Experiences, the possibilities are endless.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lee, Frozen’s creator and co-director, told USA Today that she felt like she was actually in the fictional Arendelle when she visited the land.
“It looks as if it’s in the fjords, and it’s built into the natural landscape in Hong Kong. And it’s just so stunning, but it’s emotional,” she said. “For those of us who worked on the film, we were part of every detail, and the Imagineers took every detail and they made it real. Even a funny jar of lutefisk that we had a meeting about in Oaken’s Trading Post is there.”
“I’m just still so emotional and so grateful that Disney has decided that this deserves a land,” Lee added.
Last week, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger revealed that a Frozen 4 was in the works, nine months after announcing an upcoming third Frozen movie.
While speaking to Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan from the World of Frozen in Hong Kong on Thursday, Iger said, “I’ll give you a little surprise there, Michael: Frozen 3 is in the works and there might be a Frozen 4 in the works, too.”
“I don’t have much to say about those films right now,” continued the executive, 72. “But Jenn Lee, who created Frozen — the original Frozen and Frozen 2 — is hard at work with her team at Disney Animation on not one but actually two stories.”
The opening of World of Frozen comes as the movie franchise celebrates 10 years since the first film was released in November 2013. Frozen and Frozen 2 (2019) made a combined $2.73 billion at the worldwide box office.