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If you’ve got little princesses of your own, chances are their number one priority is going to be meeting other princesses, be they mermaids, magic carpet riding, or born with freezing powers.
The good news is, Walt Disney World makes it very achievable to encounter as many of your favorite princesses as you’d like! Across the four parks, princesses have meet and greets and dine with subjects. The locations will vary, with some princesses meeting indoors for the entire day, and others meeting outdoors during a specific time slot. Some princesses seem to be everywhere, while a few only meet in one spot.
But that’s not all! You can also indulge your royal side with a princess meal at a deluxe resort, or ride their attraction 700 times, or watch their Broadway style stage show, or wave to them as they parade by on a gorgeously detailed float. The princess possibilities are so much more than just a meet and greet. You can fashion entire park days, even entire vacations, around your little one’s favorite princesses. By knowing where your favorite princesses are, you can craft the perfect plan to meet them all before you turn into a pumpkin.
Anna & Elsa
Ride: Frozen Ever After, Norway Pavilion, Epcot.
Take a boat ride voyage through Arendelle to see all your favorite Frozen friends. No height requirement.
Show: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration, Hollywood Studios.
A 30 minute stage show where the royal historians of Arendelle take you through their enchanted kingdom’s frosty history with song and spectacle.
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Meets: Royal Sommerhus, Norway Pavilion, Epcot.
While there is no FastPass, the royal sisters usually meets from when the park opens to about 30 minutes before closing, but be sure to check the Character Times Guide. Anna and Elsa meet in separate areas of the same room, so you’ll meet each princess separately.
Parade: Both ladies are featured on a float during the Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom daily.
Dining Options: Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot, World Showcase.
This is a hard ticketed event that grants you access to the nighttime show at Epcot while providing delicious sweet treats. You’ll nosh on a variety of Norway and Frozen inspired desserts, then be escorted to a private viewing area for the fireworks/night entertainment. Afterwards, you’ll be guided on an exclusive ride on Frozen Ever After. Prices vary by season, so be sure to check the Disney website for the most current information.
Bonus Frozen Fractals: If you’ve got a little princess who just can’t “Let it Go”, Anna and Elsa are featured in the Magic Kingdom show “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire”, which takes place in front of Cinderella’s Castle. You can also catch a snippet of “Love is an Open Door” during the Happily Ever After Fireworks Show.
My take: Do you wanna build a snooooowman? Of course you do! It doesn’t matter that nearly six years have passed: for a generation of little princesses and princes, Frozen is still where it is AT. If you’ve got an Elsa or Anna fanatic, you should know that, unlike most princesses, their presence in the Magic Kingdom is limited. You’d fare a lot better by spending time at Epcot, where both their ride and meet and greet is located. Because of their popularity, you’re going to see long lines at both the Royal Sommerhus and Frozen Ever After. If you can’t FastPass Frozen Ever After, consider heading there straight at rope drop, and hitting up the Royal Sommerhus right after. Even though there is no FastPass, the queue experience at the Royal Sommerhus is full of magical details that are worth seeing for a Frozen Fan.
When we met the ladies of Arendelle this summer, I was a little nervous because my Frying Pan LOVES Elsa, but I understood her to be the more reserved sister. My worries were for naught. Even though she is a queen, Elsa is ready to get on your kids level and talk to them about royal balls, chocolate, snowmen, storms, her braid, you name it. We knew Anna would be great, but we were truly blown away with how lovely Elsa was. We even asked her to help us announce the Teacup.
A quick word about Frozen Ever After. Firstly, know before you go: there isn’t a height restriction, but there are a few moments of turbulence on the boats. It’s very similar to the boat ride on Pirates of Caribbean. If you have a skittish little one, like I do, make sure they know it’s just a little dip.
Secondly, this ride is one of the favorites of the B Family. It is just so well done. It combines good storytelling with groundbreaking animatronics. I’m a sucker for a dark ride, so I was 100% sold from the first ride, but the surprise FEA enthusiast in our family was Mr.B. I could not believe when he told me it was his favorite ride. He felt like all the details were so special, and the atmosphere was really transportive. That’s how we feel about the classic Peter Pan’s Flight, so it was like him saying it was up there with the greats. It truly is a fantastic family friend ride. We try to ride it at least twice whenever we’re at Epcot, usually rope dropping it and then FastPassing it later in the day.
You can also get some nice face time in with the Frozen sisters at Hollywood Studios with their stage show. And everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, has a meet and greet at Hollywood Studios! He is a great character to interact with. He really does love warm hugs.
And of course, you can satisfy all your Anna & Elsa merchandise needs at either Frozen Fractals in Hollywood Studios or the Wandering Reindeer in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
Do Anna and Elsa make your favorite princess list? What is your favorite princess experience? Favorite Frozen experience in the parks? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey five years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!