Winter is coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World this summer. No, that's not some weird hint that Disney is picking up the rights to "Game of Thrones." It's a sure sign that Disney's mega-hit Frozen will soon be taking over the Disney Parks in even more ways now.
The parks are already chock-full of Frozen merchandise, and Anna and Elsa have been making appearances in the parks in various ways since the film debuted in November. But now Disney is taking steps to incorporate the popular new princesses into the theme park magic even more deliberately.
Here are just six ways you can experience Frozen in Disneyland or Walt Disney World this summer, and beyond:
'Festival of Fantasy' Parade
Guests at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park can catch Anna and Elsa daily in the "Festival of Fantasy" parade that takes place at least once each day. Anna and Elsa can be seen wearing their finest clothes, atop an icy float, during the parade -- which also features a cavalcade of other popular Disney characters, an a brand-new musical score.
Anna and Elsa will soon be making an appearance at Disneyland in California, in a special Frozen pre-parade. The pre-parade will appear each day before Mickey's Soundsational Parade in Disneyland, and will include Elsa, Anna, and Olaf on a brand-new snowy float. The pre-parade is set to debut sometime in mid-June.
It looks like Olaf will finally get to experience summer first-hand -- and he appears to be taking the helm of new marketing materials for Disney's two water parks in Orlando, Blizzard Beach (a fitting pairing) and Typhoon Lagoon. No word yet on if this summer-loving snowman will make any actual appearances at the water parks, beyond their marketing materials.
Meet and Greet
Guests at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World can meet Anna and Elsa in person at their meet-and-greet sessions. In Disneyland, the sisters can be found in a special area of Fantasyland, where Olaf the snowman greets visitors. In Walt Disney World, Anna and Elsa have recently moved from the Norway Pavilion in Epcot to their new home at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom, where they can be found with other popular Disney princesses.
A new gallery of Norwegian artifacts that helped inspire Frozen can now be found on display at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. This area previously hosted the meet-and-greet with Anna and Elsa, which has since been moved to the Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom. Now guests can learn a bit about the real-life culture behind their favorite Frozen fairytale.
Rumor has it, Disney will soon be shutting down the dated water ride "Maelstrom" in Epcot's Norway Pavilion to make way for a new Frozen-inspired ride. There's no word yet on what form the ride will take, but it will likely be patterned off the other dark rides that feature popular Disney princess films in other parts of the Disney theme parks.