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July 17, 2015

Ice Palace Boutique at Disney's Hollywood Studios to offer Frozen-themed makeovers


Beginning Friday (July 17), reservations can be made for the Ice Palace Boutique, a wintry salon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where young guests can get “Frozen”-themed makeovers. The Ice Palace Boutique will be open July 26 through Sept. 7 as part of the Frozen Summer Fun event.

The salon, which will be located on Commissary Lane across from the ABC Commissary, will offer several packages for guests ages 3 to 12, including:

** Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package – This package includes Anna- or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, a braided hairpiece with sparkling snowflake accessory and an exclusive photo opportunity. Price: $75.


** Ice Palace Boutique Package – This package includes everything offered in the Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package for the makeover and photo. It also includes access to the Ice Palace Café, which serves complimentary Frozen-themed treats, and reserved seating at one of the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” shows for the child and five guests. Price: $175.

** Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package – This package includes everything from the Palace Boutique Package plus an Anna or Elsa costume for the child getting the magical transformation. Price: $240.

** Olaf Package – This package includes an Olaf T-shirt and a glitter hairstyle. (Reservations are not required for this package.) Price: $19.95, plus tax.

Ice Palace Boutique will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the event.

Although this is the first time Walt Disney World has opened a salon dedicated to Frozen experiences, it is not the first time Anna and Elsa makeovers have been offered at the resort. After the movie was released in November 2013, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offered holiday experiences based on the royal sisters. In fact, the Anna and Elsa dresses sold out so quickly on property that, for a time, booking one of those makeovers was the only way to purchase the costumes at Walt Disney World. It was a limited-time offering, however.

Later in 2014, when merchandise levels caught up with the demand for all things “Frozen,” both Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations (inside World of Disney at Downtown Disney and inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom) added the costumes to their choices for Disney Princess makeovers as part of the Castle Packages. They did not, however, include the special hairpieces that are part of the new experience at the Ice Palace Boutique.

If your child is wrapped up in the magic of Frozen, the new Ice Palace packages might be just the experience to make his or her day unforgettable. For reservations, call 407-827-7400. And don’t forget to check out our coverage of all the Frozen Summer Fun activities at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


November 6, 2014

Frozen-themed experience coming to select malls in United States for holidays



Think kids are tiring of Disney's animated hit movie "Frozen" a year after its release? Think again. Disney Consumer Products just announced that it has sold more than 3 million Elsa and Anna role-play dresses at Disney Store and mass retailers in North America. To anyone who celebrated Halloween with children, the popularity of the royal sisters was apparent.

Now, the Sing-Along Edition of Disney's "Frozen" DVD is poised to hit shelves in less than two weeks (Nov. 18) and in celebration, a special experience is being offered inside 10 shopping malls throughout the United States, including three in Florida.

The Taubman malls will house interactive Ice Palaces where guests can sing "Let it Go" just like Elsa, or one of many other songs from the Sing-Along DVD, while experiencing a simulated snowfall. In addition, they can create a Frozen handprint, take a photo with Olaf on his ice throne, measure themselves against the "Are you as tall as Sven and Olaf" feature, and see scenes from the Academy Award-winning movie.

Each Ice Palace will have a gift shop that will sell the original "Frozen" DVD, Disney's "Frozen" Sing-Along DVD, themed dress-up items and plush toys. As we head into the holiday season, Frozen-themed toys are expected to be among the most sought-after by kids and already top most major holiday toy lists released by national retailers.

"The powerful connection families around the world have with Frozen and its characters is truly a phenomenon that has only continued to grow over the last 12 months," said Paul Gainer, executive vice president for Disney Retail at Disney Consumer Products, in a press release. "This holiday season Disney Consumer Products has expanded product categories and doubled our presence at retail to meet the strong demand for everything Frozen. The big freeze looks set to continue."

Shopping centers with the Frozen Ice Palaces also will offer the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. Those who meet him will receive a complimentary Disney Frozen "Look and Find" book.

Participating malls include:

Cherry Creek Shopping Center (Denver, Colo.)
Dolphin Mall (Miami, Fla.)
Fair Oaks (Fairfax, VA.)
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
International Plaza (Tampa, Fla.)
The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, NJ)
Sunvalley (Concord, Calif.)
Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi, Mich.)
University Town Center (Sarasota, Fla.)
Westfarms (Hartford, Conn.)

Disney's "Frozen" Ice Palaces will be available Nov. 6 through Dec. 24.


July 29, 2014

Where to find "Frozen"-themed backpacks


It's that time again -- the time when parents jam the aisles at discount and office-supply stores to purchase items off long lists of school supplies for their children for the upcoming school year. And if trying to find a very specific type of folder or notebook isn't enough to send parents screaming, how about trying to find a backpack with a child's favorite Disney character when they are not plentiful?

One year, my son absolutely was set on having a Mickey Mouse-themed backpack. It couldn't be just any backpack, though. It had to look like it was designed for an older child -- no Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, thank you very much -- AND it had to have wheels. I searched high and low, and all my physical trips and Internet searches that year yielded slim pickings. I finally hit upon a backpack that met all the criteria on eBay. You would have thought I had won the lottery!

Sure, I could have told my son that what he wanted just didn't exist. But I remember the thrill of carrying my new book bags and backpacks when I was a child, so I like being able to find what my children want to carry every day of the school year.

This year, I would expect there are a lot of "Frozen" fans who are looking for backpacks depicting the royal sisters Anna and Elsa or Olaf the Snowman. Not surprisingly, the Disney Store already is sold out. There was a shortage of consumer goods after the animated movie "Frozen" was released and audiences fell in love with the film. Clearly, The Walt Disney Company underestimated its popularity. Merchandise sold out as soon as it hit the shelves, parents stood in line for lotteries of the few restocked items, and the company even airlifted the goods from its factories in China to its distribution centers. Eventually it seemed as though the supply chain finally caught up with the marketing machine.

Little girls are able to find Elsa and Anna costumes, but it looks as though the backpacks may be another story. If you act now -- and don't mind hitting up several stores -- there are some back-to-school items with the "Frozen" characters that can be found.


Head to your nearest Target for "Frozen" backpacks and folders. The pink and purple backpack features Anna, Elsa and Olaf and "super lights." It seems to have the basics -- a main compartment, a front compartment, two outside mesh pockets (for water bottles) and padded straps. It sells for about $20. Target also had two-pocket folders that show Olaf on the cover. Both of these items are available in stores only, not online. You can, however, order and pay for the backpack online and then pick it up at a store that has them in stock.


frozen-backpack-lunchbox-water-bottle-disney-store.jpg does still have an aluminum water bottle in stock that would pair nicely with the backpack. It features Anna, Elsa and Olaf, and is priced at about $9. The official backpack and lunchbox -- the only ones with a pretty gray background -- already are sold out. EBay would be your best option if you like this set.


Kohl's offers a Frozen backpack and lunchbox set that display images of Elsa and Anna for about $30. This backpack has features similar to the one sold at Target, but it does not have a separate front compartment or an image of Olaf. The lunchbox is a basic square-shaped insulated bag. The set is available online and in stores.

The best deals can be found at Toys 'R' Us, if you are not picky about the size of the backpacks. The toy store carries a backpack and lunchbox combination that is almost identical in design to the one sold at Kohl's. It sells for about $15, which is half the price. However, this version is only 13.9 inches by 9.7 inches by 2 inches, and the Kohl's backpack is 16 inches by 12 inches by 5 inches. For pre-schoolers, the smaller size may be perfect. Elementary-school students are likely to need the larger size, though.

Toys 'R' Us also carries a backpack like the one sold at Target that includes Olaf in the design. It comes with a coordinating lunch box for about $15 for the set. It, too, is the smaller sizes described above, while the Target version is larger.



Toys 'R' Us also offers a third small "Frozen"-themed backpack depicting Anna and Elsa for about $15. It can be paired with an offer for a free lunch kit, which also is a different version of the royal sisters. All the Toys 'R' Us merchandise can be purchased online, shipped to a local store or bought in a store, if available. does list Frozen backpacks, but they already are sold out. Your best bet is to check local stores.

frozen-lunchbox-amazon.jpg has a variety of Frozen-themed backpacks and lunch boxes from different sellers, including the only ones I've seen with images of Kristoff and Sven. Prices vary by seller.

"Frozen" merchandise may be some of the hottest items when it comes to school supplies, but if you act now, you won't be left out in the cold.


June 3, 2014

What 'Frozen'-themed experiences would you choose to add at Walt Disney World?


More than seven months after the big-screen release of "Frozen," the demand for all things related to the movie still is overwhelming at Walt Disney World.

About a month ago, the meet-and-greet for Anna and Elsa was moved from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom in an effort to tame the outrageously long wait times to meet the film's stars. Unfortunately, even adding the FastPass+ option at Princess Fairytale Hall did not diminish the standby queue, which regularly stretches for three- to five-hour waits.


In another attempt to accommodate the eager "Frozen" fans, Disney officials this week have extended the hours that the royal sisters will greet guests at the Magic Kingdom. Instead of being replaced by other princesses for the evening, Anna and Elsa will remain in their post for the duration of each day's operating hours.


Norway's darlings also have a new role in the Festival of Fantasy Parade, which debuted in March. The pair can be seen on the first float, the Princess Garden. Watch closely because they are on a slowly rotating turntable at the back. This allows many more guests to catch a glimpse -- and maybe a wave -- from the sisters.

Still, "Frozen" fans want more opportunities to interact with the movie's characters when they are at the epicenter of Disney, and that got us thinking about the possibilities. We have a few suggestions for "Frozen"-themed attractions we'd like to see at Walt Disney World. (To clarify, these are NOT plans in the works; we are just playing Imagineer and invite you to do the same.)


First, it would seem to be a natural fit for Elsa and Anna to take over the Princess Storybook Dining at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion. After all, that's where the movie takes place and the venue already is set up for this type of experience. Perhaps, Kristoff could join them. Then, of course, Walt Disney World would need to relocate Princess Storybook Dining, which in and of itself is very popular because it's one of the few locations where guests can dine with the Disney Princesses.


Rumors have persisted that Maelstrom, the boat ride also located in the Norway pavilion, will be replaced by a Frozen-themed attraction. A trip through Arendale, anyone? The trolls already are there. Disney officials have not made any official announcements about Maelstrom, though.


And how about giving lovable snowman Olaf his due? Blizzard Beach, Disney World's water park, would be the perfect place. The theme there is based on the story that a freak snowstorm led to the development of Florida's first ski resort. However, the snow quickly melted, leaving behind a watery wonderland that is now the water park. So, a snowman who longs to experience summer would be right at home here. We'd all love a character meet-and-greet, but to date, Olaf only has been available as a statue for photo opportunities. If that holds true, there is a perfect vignette that could be transformed as a "Frozen" backdrop at the front of the park.


If Disney could catch up with the demand for Frozen merchandise, we'd also love to see the "Frozen" packages at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique become permanent offerings. When they were offered during the promotion of the movie, the "Frozen" packages included a choice of the Anna or Elsa wigs, shimmering makeup, face gems, nail polish, a Princess sash and a Princess cinch bag for $59.95 plus tax. The Anna or Elsa costumes and crowns were added for an additional charge -- about $65 plus tax for the gowns and $18 plus tax for the crowns.

Have an idea for a "Frozen"-themed attraction at Walt Disney World? Tell us in the comments.


March 13, 2014

Check out new 'Frozen' character appearances and merchandise at Walt Disney World



UPDATE on March 14: Walt Disney World announced today that Elsa and Anna will begin greeting guests on April 20 during the day at Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom. ThIs means the Epcot location is closing. FastPass+ will be available for the new meet-and-greet.

Disney's "Frozen" certainly has been in the news this month with its two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Song for "Let It Go." Now, fans finally will be able to purchase the DVD, and there are more opportunities to enjoy Frozen-related attractions at Walt Disney World.

Next week, on March 18 to be exact, "Frozen" fans will get what they've been waiting for - the opportunity to purchase a copy of the DVD. (It was released digitally on Feb. 25.) Two options are available: the Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy) and the DVD-only version. The soundtrack has been available for almost four months now.

And at Walt Disney World, "Frozen" merchandise is being restocked and new merchandise added to the shelves. The hottest items - Elsa and Anna costumes and accessories - have been sold out across property since the movie was released in November. In December, the only place to purchase one of the gowns was at one of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations with the "Frozen" makeover package that was available through Jan. 3. One of the fairy-godmothers-in-training there told me that the dresses were so popular they barely had enough to meet the demand. Merchandise Communications Manager Steven Miller reports that the dresses are being restocked in the coming weeks in the stores and at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations.






Guests can find new T-shirts featuring Olaf the snowman and the sisters, books, Limited Edition iPhone cases and toys, such as Barbie-style dolls and various play sets, at World of Disney at Downtown Disney and in the theme parks, too. Some of the original merchandise options, such as hoodies, photo frames, pins and plush animals, don't appear to be as readily available.






Elsa and Anna will have more of a presence in the theme parks, too. The royal sisters made their parade debut Sunday at the Magic Kingdom in the new Festival of Fantasy Parade, which can be seen daily at 3 p.m. They appear on the back of the Princess Garden float with a stationary Olaf. Can't wait until your next trip to Walt Disney World to see the parade? Check out our AllEars.Net video:

In addition, the pair continues to greet guests at the Norway pavilion at Epcot. Be forewarned: Anna and Elsa are so popular that the queue regularly reaches four- and five-hour waits. This is the only location to interact with the sisters, so your best bet is to get there early and be ready to race other parents from the front gate. The meet-and-greet starts at 9 a.m., even though the rest of World Showcase doesn't open until 11 a.m.

If you find yourself at the Magic Kingdom, be sure to stay for the "Frozen" segment in Celebrate the Magic, which is the show projected on the facade of Cinderella Castle. It takes place each night 15 minutes before Wishes fireworks. You can take a sneak peek here:

Even though the warmer days of spring are here in Orlando, there seems to be no thaw in the excitement for all things related to "Frozen." Thankfully, Walt Disney World has lots to chill, er, thrill its many fans.


January 16, 2014

Disney's 'Frozen' is being adapted for Broadway, Iger confirms



Fans of Disney's latest animated hit film "Frozen" were excited to get confirmation this week of what they had hoped (and suspected): The movie is being adapted to a stage musical.

Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger said in a "Fortune" article that was published Monday that the company is in discussions to develop a Broadway show, though he warned there is no timetable. Iger told the magazine, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence."

That careful approach to creativity certainly seems to have paid off with the movie, itself, because it won the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature on Sunday. Development of "Frozen," which is an interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Ice Queen," began as early as 1943 with Walt Disney himself. However, it seemed that no one could find a way to make The Ice Queen relatable to audiences. Over the years, the project was revisited by group after group of talented Disney filmmakers, but with no success to green-light the project.

Finally, in 2011, the project was turned over Director Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Home on the Range") and he recast The Ice Queen as misunderstood princess Elsa, a sister to Anna and no longer an evil villain as in the original story. Producer John Lasseter insisted on further development of the other main characters to make them resonate with audiences, as well. This approach clearly worked, because viewers of all ages have connected with the characters. My own daughter admired Elsa more than her down-to-earth sister Anna, asking for an Elsa costume and doll for Christmas.

She certainly was not alone as families enjoyed the film enough to view it multiple times and invest in the merchandise. "Frozen" toys flew off the shelves before Christmas at stores such as Toys 'R' Us, the Disney Store, and even at Walt Disney World retail outlets.

In addition, the "Frozen" soundtrack has topped charts. It's No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a feat that few animated soundtracks have achieved. Critics pointed out early on that the music of "Frozen" was created with a Broadway production in mind. The soundtrack features eight original songs from husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, including the powerful "Let It Go" performed by Idina Menzel (who voices Elsa) and which also is covered by Demi Lovato.

Perhaps another sign that Disney executives had a stage production in mind from the get-go is that Robert Lopez, Menzel and Jonathan Groff (who voices Kristoff) all have extensive experience on Broadway. Lopez wrote the music for "The Book of Mormon," while Menzel is known for her role in "Wicked" and Groff was in "Spring Awakening."

Disney certainly has found success with taking some of its other beloved animated films to the live-action stage. After all, "The Lion King" is Broadway's fourth-longest-running show and its highest-grossing one of all time as of December. "Beauty and the Beast" was Broadway's eighth-longest-running production and grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide. And Disney took another Hans Christian Anderson story, "The Little Mermaid," and turned it into a stage production that garnered several Tony Awards and a Grammy.

Fans of Disney's latest animated hit know that if the film is a successful stage musical, it clearly won't be the first time in forever. Still, it will be worth waiting for.

Related stories:

Spoiler-free review of "Frozen":

Where to find "Frozen" characters at Walt Disney World:

A Meet and Greet with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna - Video

"Frozen" Storybook Deluxe app:


November 26, 2013

Where to find 'Frozen' characters at Walt Disney World


Has Olaf, the wacky and lovable snowman, in "Frozen" melted your heart yet with his appearances in trailers for the upcoming film?

The characters from Disney's "Frozen" already are being integrated into attractions at Walt Disney World. Here's where you can find the new animated film come to life:

Anna and Elsa greeted guests after a recent Disney Parks Blog meet-up.

** Meet Anna and her sister Elsa in the the Prinsesse Plass across from Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The royal sisters are greeting guests and pose for photos. Be sure also to stop by the nearby Stave Church, where you can see a collection of Norwegian items in an exhibit that is titled "Norsk Kultur, Inspiration for Disney's Frozen."


** Little girls ages 3 to 12 can opt for the "Frozen" package at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where young guests are transformed into princesses. The "Frozen" packages include a choice of the Anna or Elsa wigs, shimmering makeup, face gems, nail polish, a Princess sash and a Princess cinch bag for $59.95 plus tax. The Anna or Elsa costumes and crowns can be added for an additional charge -- about $65 plus tax for the gowns and $18 plus tax for the crowns. The Frozen packages are available at both locations (World of Disney at Downtown Disney and Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom) through Jan. 3 or while supplies last. To make reservations, call 407-WDW-STYLE.

** If you find yourself at the Magic Kingdom, be sure to stay for the "Frozen" segment in Celebrate the Magic, which is the show projected on the facade of Cinderella Castle. It takes place each night 15 minutes before Wishes fireworks. You can take a sneak peek here:

** At Disney's Hollywood Studios, concept art and actual images from the film can be viewed inside the Art of Animation attraction. See artwork of the sisters, the queen, the royal horses and the breathtaking winter scenery before they came to life on the big screen. Viewers will recognize the trolls, Hans, Kristoff, Sven and, of course, Olaf. There are examples, too, of how animators create movement, such as how Anna's traveling coat should flow with each lift of her arms.

** Olaf primarily appears at Disneyland Resort, at the time of this writing. He is the star of the new "Winter Dreams" version of the World of Color show, and he is available for meet-and-greets in Fantasyland. I hope that means he soon will make his way to the Sunshine State. After all, he longs for summer, right?



For now, guests in Orlando can find two cute photo opportunities with Olaf at Downtown Disney. Those who see the movie at AMC Downtown Disney 24 will notice a hula-loving Olaf in his tropical outfit in the lobby of the movie theater. A smaller, winter version of Olaf is positioned outside Santa's Chalet near World of Disney on the Marketplace side of Downtown Disney.

** There already is a good selection of "Frozen" merchandise at Walt Disney World. In addition to the costumes mentioned above, there are plush versions of Sven and Olaf (in his winter and summer versions), toddler dolls of Anna and Elsa, Barbie-type dolls of Anna and Elsa, pocket-size miniature doll sets, play sets with figures, pens, photo frames, a pin set, a T-shirt and hoodie.







Disney's "Frozen" opens in theaters Nov. 27. (See my spoiler-free review here.) The soundtrack, which is excellent, is available beginning Nov. 25.


November 20, 2013

Disney's "Frozen": Spoiler-free review


Here's a wonderful new Disney film release that, despite its title, won't leave any movie-goers out in the cold.

After all, how could Walt Disney Animation Studios lose with an animated film that encompasses themes of the struggle of good and evil, girl power, sisterhood, princesses, epic adventure, and a lovable and funny snowman? "Frozen" really is a great new animated movie that will melt the hearts of families this holiday season.

My 9-year-old daughter and I recently were invited to a preview screening of the upcoming movie, and we both were enchanted with the film. Readers of this blog might recall that the last animated Disney film we saw, "Planes," left us with opposing viewpoints. Not so this time!

"Frozen" is Disney's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Snow Queen." The original story was popular in its own right and has appeared in many works since it was first published in 1845.


In this version, Elsa the Snow Queen (voiced by Idina Menzel) struggles from a young age to control her ability to inadvertently create icy spells. Her sister, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), suffers with her own demons, trying to overcome the loneliness of being estranged from her sister and of her sheltered life as a princess. The personal journeys of the two sisters intersect when Elsa's powers cause an eternal winter in Arendelle, and she flees with Anna in pursuit to save the kingdom.


Along the way, Anna and the audience meet several likable characters, such as mountain man Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven. The pair agree to help Anna find her sister and break the spell, with direction from some magical trolls.


And then there is Olaf, the wacky snowman (voiced by Josh Gad) who steals many of the scenes. Elsa created him before she knew the extent of her powers, and his light-hearted antics certainly will make viewers laugh. The snowman introduces himself by saying, "I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!" But what he really longs for is to experience a sunny day. Impossible, right? Maybe not, when you have the Snow Queen on your side.

The journey to find Elsa takes many twists and turns -- no spoilers here -- giving boys enough adventure to keep them interested in a tale of a princess and a queen. At the same time, the girl-power theme is satisfying without being too cliched. Some of the kids in the theater actually cheered out loud at a couple of moments in the action.

My daughter pointed out that "Frozen" is not the only animated Disney movie in recent years to rely on the theme of an undesired freeze creating a potential disaster for sisters. In last year's "Secret of the Wings," the fourth installment in the Disney Fairies series, Tinker Bell and her sister Periwinkle flaunt the rules for fairies and put Pixie Hollow in jeopardy.

Story aside, viewing "Frozen" is enjoyable because directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's use of 3D animation is well-integrated in the story, and the film has been shot in widescreen format.

And it's not just the technical aspects of the film that are so polished. The film has garnered acclaim from a range of film critics for its excellent work in characterization, casting and screenplay, as well.

Most notably, "Frozen" has a soundtrack with eight original songs from husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, including the powerful "Let It Go" performed by Menzel and which also is covered by Demi Lovato. Because the music is so well-done, some critics are even calling this movie a musical -- or at the very least a film that easily could be adapted to a Broadway production.

Before that happens, though, viewers will have to go see it in theaters beginning Nov. 27, which is a holiday gift to look forward to.

A word of advice: Be sure to arrive at your theater in plenty of time to see the short feature before "Frozen" called "Get A Horse!" It's a ride you won't want to miss.

DISCLAIMER: I viewed "Frozen" at a media screening before its official release. This did not affect my review; my opinions are my own.


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