Despite the movie "Frozen" debuting more than five years ago, many Disney World travelers (us frogs included!) get in line to meet Anna and Elsa at Epcot. And their popularity will undoubtedly soar once again when the sequel "Frozen 2" hits theaters this fall! The royal sisters are at home in Epcot's Royal Sommerhus. Norway expanded to make way for their meet-and-greet location, where the sisters take up residence next to their very own attraction, Frozen Ever After.
Fortunately, we have not been seeing exorbitant wait times for the meet-and-greet as we had during the sisters’ time in Magic Kingdom, even without a FastPass+ queue. However, wait times for Frozen Ever After have been consistently high, averaging one to two hours. (You can see all of the Disney World wait times on our Orlando app.)
The Best Ways to Meet Anna and Elsa at Epcot
We’ve been getting lots of questions about meeting the royal sisters in their most recent location, so we wanted to take a moment to lay out some strategies on how to meet Anna and Elsa at Epcot, as well as some tips for experiencing the attraction Frozen Ever After.
Meeting Anna and Elsa is an absolute delight, and the dream of almost every little princess who visits. Lily loves stopping by to say hi every time we go to Epcot. Anna is as spunky as she appears on screen, warm and super friendly to all. Queen Elsa is more reserved by nature, but with the regality you would expect from a queen. One thing worth noting is that the sisters do not greet together at Royal Sommerhus. However, they are in the same room. This setup is much like their former location in the Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom.
Here are our tips for meeting Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. At least for now, FastPass+ is not available to meet them at Royal Sommerhus. If you want to make the most of your time in the Norway pavilion, it helps to have a strategy in mind before heading to the park.
Tips to Meet Anna and Elsa at Epcot
1. Make reservations for Akershus Royal Banquet Hall before the park opens.
This one may be tough, but if you can snag an early reservation at Akershus, it’s a great option. It is possible that the sisters could be added to the character dining experience, but for now, having an early reservation puts you right next to the Frozen experiences as soon as they open. For the reservation, you want a time before the park opens on a day without morning Extra Magic Hours (EMH). Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. If the park opens at 9 a.m., you would want to finish up breakfast by 8:35-8:40 a.m. and then scoot on over to the Frozen Ever After queue or the meet-and-greet line as it gets ready to open. We recommend jumping on the ride first since the meet-and-greet wait times have been shorter than those for the attraction.
2. Visit during Epcot morning Extra Magic Hours.
If you’re staying on property at a Disney World Resort hotel (be sure to check out our discounts on rooms!) and checking out the Frozen experiences is your priority, then head to Epcot on a day with morning Extra Magic Hours. Be at the park at least a half hour before it opens for EMH and get ready to move when you are let into the park. Remember there are two entrances to Epcot — the main one in Future World and the secondary entrance at World Showcase over at the BoardWalk Entertainment Area. These are about the same distance, but if you are not early enough, opt for the main entrance since more people can get in this way.
3. Get to Epcot early on a non-EMH day.
If all else fails, head to Epcot before it opens on a day that it is not holding Extra Magic Hours. You'll want to aim for arrival at least 45 minutes to an hour early since guests are typically let in about 15 minutes before the official opening time. Prepare to move quickly once you get in, and make a beeline straight through Future World for Norway (you'll fork left at World Showcase toward Mexico until you arrive in Norway).
We think the main entrance is better on a non-EMH day since there is room for more people to come in at once at this entrance. If you want to enter from World Showcase/the BoardWalk Entertainment Area, you need to be even earlier so you can be one of the first in line. Once you're in, you'll want to walk quickly to Norway. You'll be directed clockwise around World Showcase, so you'll get no advantage over those entering from the main entrance. Thankfully, there won't be a lot of people in the park at this time, so you should have no problem walking over.
4. Aim to visit Norway during non-peak hours.
There are certain times of day that the wait times are generally lower for the Frozen Ever After attraction. (Download our app, and you can see wait times for both Frozen Ever After and Royal Summerhus.) The wait times have been averaging up to two hours, but there are times when those waits dip a bit lower. Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., some guests don’t realize that some attractions in the World Showcase (including Frozen Ever After) are open. Since the majority of the World Showcase area doesn’t open until 11 a.m., many guests opt to stay in Future World during the first few morning hours. Other good times to stop by are usually during prime mealtimes, between 12-2 p.m. or 5-7 p.m., and immediately prior to IllumiNations (if you don’t mind not having the best view for the fireworks).
Other Ways to See Anna and Elsa Beyond Epcot
The royal sisters appear daily at the Magic Kingdom in the Festival of Fantasy parade and the Cinderella Castle show, "Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire." During the holiday season, you can catch them in “A Frozen Holiday Wish” at Magic Kingdom as Kristoff, Olaf and Anna encourage Queen Elsa to use her icy magic to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can see both sisters in “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along” at the Hyperion Theater. This summer, you can meet Olaf nearby at his meet-and-greet location at the Celebrity Spotlight near the ABC Sound Studio.
Those are some of the best ways to meet Elsa and Anna at Epcot and beyond. Have a tip we didn't mention? Share it in comments below.