If you have a toddler or younger child you most likely know the movie Frozen, if not, consider yourself luckier than me. Don’t get me wrong, the FIRST time I watched Frozen, I loved it! I thought it was a unique princess story (if you exclude the parents being killed in the beginning, thanks for always going dark, Disney) with cute songs and lovable characters.
Three years later, I have literally seen this movie a hundred times. Luckily, Erin likes to rotate her movies now, but from age of 1 to 2.5, this movie was her jam. Even though Erin doesn’t watch the movie as often anymore, she is constantly playing with and/or wearing something Elsa or Frozen related.
Our trip last month to Walt Disney World was amazing. The Magic Kingdom was everything I had hoped for Erin and more, however, it lacked one thing for our Frozen-obsessed little princess…Anna and Elsa. The only place to meet Anna and Elsa is in Epcot, and my theory is that Disney did this intentionally.
While doing my research to plan the perfect Disney Vacation, I kept stumbling upon these suggestions about Epcot:
- Kids will be bored by Epcot
- Parents of small children should skip this theme park altogether.
Um, excuse me Disney vacation experts, but the Holy Grail of all Queens and Princesses reside at Epcot. There was no chance we were skipping it.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a fastpass for the new “Frozen Ever After” ride in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion and there isn’t even a fastpass option for the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet. In a moment of hopelessness, I turned to Facebook asking for help and suggestions on what to do about this conundrum. Essentially I was told we were going to spend an entire day just waiting to do these two things in Epcot…SUPER!
We arrived at Epcot nice and early. I handed off Erin in the stroller and prepared to put my Nike Flyknits to the test (best running shoes ever btw) and sprint to Norway to secure a spot in line for my little princess. I took off and realized… why is no one else running? By the time I got to Mexico I stopped running, because the place seemed deserted and I probably looked ridiculous. I arrived at the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet and the wait time said 25 minutes. So, 45 minutes later, Erin got to meet Anna and Elsa and it truly was the most magical thing I have ever seen.
After the meet-and-greet we basically walked right onto our boat in the Frozen Ever After ride. It was by far Erin’s favorite ride of the entire Disney Vacation.
By 10am, we had completed everything we wanted to do in Epcot. This left an entire day for Sean to eat and drink around the world, which he did and later paid for (Someone can’t hold his liquor anymore). Along Sean’s quest we were able to meet Princess Jasmine, Aurora and Alice in Wonderland. We chose to skip Mulan and we couldn’t find Snow White (bitch was sleeping somewhere I guess….#momgoals).
Sidenote: Notice, the little princesses outfit change? When you exit the Frozen Ever After ride, you conveniently HAVE to walk through the Frozen gift shop, well played Disney.
Moral of the story, don’t let Mommy blogs and Disney vacation blogs scare you off from what you want to do!