For the past few months, families with young children have been streaming into Disney’s California Adventure, racing inside as soon as the park gates open, hoping to be first in line to enter the world of their favorite Disney character. No, I’m not talking Cars Land. I’m talking about Arendelle, home to Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from the blockbuster hit, Frozen. Frozen Fun opened in January and is officially the coolest new experience for small fry at the Disneyland Resort. Located at Hollywood Land in DCA, Frozen Fun features character meet-and-greets, a singalong, an ice party, and lots and lots of snow. Here’s a rundown of everything to see and do at Frozen Fun:
Sing along to your favorite Frozen Songs
The Muppet Vission 3D theater is now Arendelle’s Crown Jewel Theatre, where Aria the royal historian retells the Frozen Story and guests can sing along to some of the movie’s most beloved songs. A giant screen plays scenes from the movie while song lyrics appear at the bottom. The sing-along features a special appearance by Anna, Kristoff and Elsa. Guests can get FASTPASS tickets to both Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome and the Frozen Sing-Along simultaneously.
Meet Anna and Elsa
Guests can meet Anna and Elsa in the Arendelle throne room, located inside the Disney Animation building. FASTPASS tickets to the Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome meet-and-greet are available right outside the Animation building. It’s best to get FASTPASS tickets for this early on, because tickets do run out by mid-afternoon. Guests can get FASTPASS tickets to both “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” and the Frozen Sing-Along simultaneously. While waiting for their timeslot, guests can join the Animation Academy and learn to draw Olaf and Marshmallow.
Play in the snow
Hollywood Land’s Stage 17 has been transformed into Olaf’s Snow Fest, a winter wonderland straight out of Arendelle. The area looks like a portion of Arendelle’s town square, complete with a music stage, a frozen fountain…. and snow. Snowflakes float down from the roof every few minutes, and snow covers an enclosed area where guests can throw snowballs, build a (tiny) snowman, even sled down a small hill. Olaf’s Snow Fest also includes a souvenir shop and a snack bar with Olaf candy apples and other Frozen-themed treats.
Give Olaf a warm hug
The Olaf meet-and-greet is located inside Olaf’s Snow Fest, but the line to meet him starts outside the building. At the end of the line, guests are given a pager so they can enjoy other Frozen Fun attractions (Cast Members recommend not straying beyond Hollywood Land, or the pager won’t work). The pager buzzes after 20 minutes or so, then guests check in at the Olaf meet-and-greet area. It’s another 5 minutes or so before you get to the front of the line, but Olaf is so adorable, it’s totally worth it. If you forgot your autograph book, don’t despair: Olaf will take a sheet of paper and draw a snowman for your little Frozen fan.
Chill out and dance
In the evenings, the Frozen Fun area transforms into a family dance party. Freeze the Night! features live music, a Marshmallow meet-and-greet, frozen beverages (including alcohol!), and an interactive play area.
Marshmallow, the snow monster that Elsa conjured up to guard her ice palace, makes appearances at the evening Frozen party. Unlike the Olaf and the Anna/Elsa meet-and-greets, all you need to do to meet Marshmallow is to line up. Some of the younger guests may find Marshmallow intimidating, which is probably why the line to meet him doesn’t get as long as the other two meet-and-greet lines.
If you have a Frozen fan (and who doesn’t?), make Frozen Fun a priority, because just like wintertime, it won’t last forever. The Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet will remain, but the rest of Frozen Fun will end in mid-May.