Disney provides some details about new Epcot attractions

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"Frozen" characters Elsa and Anna at the Norwegian Pavilion at Epcot.
"Frozen" characters Elsa and Anna at the Norwegian Pavilion at Epcot. Photo Credit: Robert Silk

ORLANDO — Disney provided details about two new attractions opening at Epcot this summer: Soarin' Around the World and Frozen Ever After.

Soarin’ Around the World, a cinematic simulator attraction, is replacing Soarin,’ which closed in January. The new attraction will open June 17.

Whereas Soarin' simulated a flight over a California landscape, Soarin' Around the World will "visit several destinations around the world that are home to amazing human-made monuments," said Jason Grandt, art director for Walt Disney Engineering, from the grounds of the Epcot Center on Tuesday.

Among those locations will be the Great Wall of China and Sydney Harbor.

Imagineer Jason Grandt in front of images for Soarin' Around the World.
Imagineer Jason Grandt in front of images for Soarin' Around the World. Photo Credit: Robert Silk

Grandt said Disney developed a new ultra-high-resolution camera, which will be coupled with laser projectors to make the attraction especially vivid.

“When you are flying over the world, you will see every detail,” he said.

Along with the new film, Soarin’ Around the World will feature new interactive line games and activities. Grandt would not reveal details about the interactive queue.

Epcot is adding a third Soarin' theater to increase capacity at the attraction.

Frozen Ever After, meanwhile, will debut in June in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot. No specific date has been announced.

A boat ride, Frozen Ever After will replace the Maelstrom ride, which closed in October 2014. The attraction’s storyline starts at the end of the “Frozen” movie. Guests will board a boat and ride to the North Mountain, where Queen Elsa has created an ice palace that she has opened to her subjects.

In conjunction with the Frozen Ever After opening, Disney will unveil Royal Sommerhaus within the Norway Pavilion. Inspired by the Norway region of Trondheim, Royal Sommerhaus is the country retreat for Anna and Elsa, according to assistant project manager Lauren Neiderhiser, who was standing near the wooden facades of the retreat, which are under construction.

Attraction-goers will be able to visit the royal cabin and view artifacts from the childhoods of Elsa and Anna. For many, the highlight of the exhibit will be an opportunity to meet the queen and princess of Arendelle themselves.
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Update: On Wednesday, Disney announced an opening date for Soarin' Around the World.

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