Monday, July 14, 2014

Frozen Summer Fun Live! at Disney's Hollywood Studios


We had the opportunity to see Frozen Summer Fun Live! at Disney's Hollywood Studios last week.  It was an absolute blast and made for the perfect ending to our Disney Trip.  We highly recommend making time for some Frozen Summer Fun if you've got a trip planned for this summer!


Our trip had us checking out and relocating to Disney's Vero Beach Resort on the very day that Frozen Fun Summer Live! began (It runs now through September 1, 2014).  

We decided to tack a day on to the end of our trip and return to WDW to check this out.  We're so glad we did.  We also booked the Premium Package (at an added cost), so we can give you the scoop on all that entails.

Family with Anna and Elsa Magic Shot

Here's an overview of all the Frozen Fun that was added to Disney's Hollywood Studios for this summer.  Within each category will be links to more pictures and video of our experience. (please bear with us while we get our pictures and video uploaded)


Take-Along Olaf

Take-Along Olaf


At the park entrance and at other stations around the park, Cast Members were handing out cute "Take-Along Olafs".  Not only were these great souvenirs, but they were also interactive.  

Guests were encouraged to snap photos of their Olafs having summer fun and share them on social media using the hashtag: #olafsummervacation.  Each night, a selection of pictures would become part of the Frozen Fireworks Spectacular.

#olafsummervacation @homeisthemouse

We took several pictures with our Olaf, but only so many can be chosen to be part of the show, and sadly, ours did not make it. 


Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome - Hollywood Boulevard

Anna and Elsa in carriage at Royal Welcome Procession

Line up along Hollywood Boulevard to see Anna and Elsa's Royal Procession as they make their way in a horse-drawn carriage up to the Sorcerer's Hat Stage to be officially welcomed to Hollywoodland.  


Kristoff in Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Procession

Complete with Skiers, skaters, and Kristoff and his fellow Ice Men.  There's even snow falling!


Anna and Elsa Royal Welcome

Then at the stage, Anna and Elsa are welcomed to Hollywoodland and presented with flowers, and all guests are invited to sing a certain song in their honor.


Kids participate in Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Procession

When the park opens, Cast Members along Hollywood Boulevard search the crowds for lucky children to be chosen to participate by walking in the processional (with a parent) right behind Anna and Elsa's carriage!  Our Bella was chosen to be one of those kids! (It may have helped that she was wearing her Elsa dress, but not all the kids were wearing Frozen attire)

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Frozen Funland


Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Frozen Funland

Wandering Oaken has moved his Big Summer Blowout to Stage 1 with loads of Frozen merchandise and treats!  He's replaced the sauna with a Frozen Funland right next door.


Wandering Oaken's Snow Playground

Building a snowman in the middle of summer in Florida?  Disney makes it possible in Oaken's Frozen Funland play "snow"ground.


Wandering Oaken's Ice Skating Rink

There's also an ice skating rink!  We happened to be there when Oaken's cousins took to the ice to show off some of their moves.  Guests can take their turn on the ice for an added costs ($10 per person for a 30 minute session).

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Anna and Kristoff at First Time in Forever Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Elsa at First Time in Forever Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

This 20-minute show combines live performers on stage with movie clips and special effects to retell the story of "Frozen".  Many of the songs (but not all) are highlighted and guests are invited to sing-along.  

We loved this experience.  It was 100 times better than going to the sing-along version of the movie at our local theater. 


Frozen-Inspired Treats and Beverages



Olaf and Elsa cupcakes.  Wandering Oaken's Frozen Funland

Throughout the park, we saw lots of Frozen-inspired treats.  Cupcakes, cookies, and more. We sampled as we went along, but there was no way we could try them all!

There were also alcoholic drinks like the Summer Berry Margarita and non-alcoholic drinks like "Let it Glow" punch.


Frozen Photo-Ops

Frozen Summer Fun Live! PhotoPass Magic Shot backdrop

Frozen Summer Fun Live! PhotoPass Magic Shot with Olaf

Also scattered throughout the park were several photo opportunities where you could get "Magic Shots" taken by a Disney PhotoPass Photographer in front of a Frozen backdrop.  


Disney Guest posing for picture with Aurasma App


There were also several places to use Aurasma app on your smartphone or tablet to pose and have Frozen characters overlayed in the photo.  (I couldn't get the app to work right on my phone, but I did see other guests using it)


Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party featuring "The Icemen of the North"

Icemen Perform at Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party

From 5:30-9:30, the "Coolest Summer Ever" Dance Party takes place at the Sorcerer Hat Stage.  Featuring both a DJ and rock n roll sets by "The Icemen of the North" (aka Mulch, Sweat and Shears).  It's got something for everyone.  

Bella Dances with Chip at Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party

Weather permitting, some Disney characters even join in the fun!  Bella had a lot of fun dancing with Chip, Dale, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and of course, Mickey and Minnie!


Frozen Fireworks Spectacular

Frozen Fireworks Spectacular

At 9:45pm, you can cap off your day of Frozen Summer Fun with the Frozen Fireworks Spectacular lighting up the sky above the Sorcerer Hat.  


Frozen Fireworks Spectacular Stage Show

There is a stage show that goes along with it, making it a very unique experience from Disney's other fireworks displays. 


Frozen Fireworks Spectacular

We thought it was really good, especially if you're a Frozen fan.  


Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package

The Premium Package is available as an added cost separate from your park admission.  It costs $59 per adult, and $34 per child (tax and gratuity included).

The Premium Package includes:
  • Reserved viewing area for Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome, with beverages and ice cream.
  • Reserved seating for 1 showing of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Frozen Fireworks Spectacular Dessert Party
The added cost may or may not be worth it for you or your family.  To be honest, we were questioning whether we got our money's worth up until the dessert party.  It was fantastic!


Frozen Fireworks Dessert Party Spread


In our opinion, that is what made the Premium Package worth it.

To book the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package, call (407) 939-1939 (when we called we were eventually transferred to "dining" to make the reservation)




Frozen Summer Live! at Disney's Hollywood Studios is happening Daily 
now through September 1, 2014!




We hope you enjoyed our overview of Frozen Summer Live! at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Stay tuned as we add more pictures and video of each event!

4 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! When I first heard about this I thought "just what Disney needs - another extra expense event." But, now that I see this post, I think it looks like a lot of fun, and I'd probably get suckered into it if I were going this summer. Thanks for sharing this detailed post!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. It seems like Disney is adding quite a few "added value" experiences lately. At least most of the Frozen Summer Fun doesn't come at an extra cost.

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  2. Did your daughter get hot wearing her Elsa dress? We're going mid-August, and while I know my daughter would love to "match" Elsa, I'm afraid she would get overheated, and its kind of a big dress to carry around if she changes at some point...

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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for your question. No, she didn't get hot. The dress has mesh arms that let air through. We were also inside most of the day at Wandering Oaken's and the Sing Along. I did bring an outfit just in case which we did have to use because the dress got ripped while ice skating (ugh). I got a shopping bag from the gift shop to put the dress in and it fit nicely. When it comes to princess dresses, I always bring an extra outfit as a backup. You never know. Hope you have a great time!

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