On Friday, it was announced that Maelstrom in Epcot will be closing on Oct 5 and a new attraction, inspired by the movie Frozen, will take it's place.
Now, I love Frozen. I have the music on my IPod and I own the DVD. I have enjoyed seeing pictures of Frozen summer activities that took place at Hollywood Studios and I'm looking forward to the Sing Along show when I am there in November. And as far as Maelstrom goes... well, it really isn't my favorite attraction. While I have been on it several times and enjoy it, it is not something that I make it a point to do every trip and, honestly, I can't remember the last time I have been on it.
Having said all that, I have mixed feelings about the change. I would really like to see and ride a Frozen attraction. But I think I would have rather have seen it happen in the Magic Kingdom. I think the Epcot World Showcase is meant to allow guests to get a taste of different countries and learn something about them. When I watched the recent special about the "Making of Frozen," it was really awesome to see how different designs and buildings were taken from Norway. However, I don't walk away from seeing the movie with a real sense of Norwegian culture and history. So I don't see how a Frozen attraction will continue the intention of the Epcot World Showcase.
Maybe somehow the attraction will include at least something about Norway... just have to wait and see.
I have been a huge Disney and travel fan since childhood. I love going to new places and, of course, heading to Disney as often as I can.