Monday, December 15, 2014

The Frozen Holiday Premium Package at Disney's Hollywood Studios

By Nick


A few months ago, we were in the midst of making plans for our recent trip to Walt Disney World when information for the Frozen Holiday Premium Package popped up on the Disney Parks Blog.
I sent an email to the friends that we were to be traveling with asking if they "would like to build a snowman?"
I got a response shortly thereafter in the affirmative. We chose a date, and the package was booked.

We chose the evening of Sunday December 7th.
Immediately upon arriving at Disney's Hollywood Studios, signs directed us to Sid Cahuenga's, which used to be a really neat movie memorabilia shop, but has been converted into a MyMagic+ Service Center.



We were asked to chose a time and given passes for preferred seating for the 4:55pm “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” and a lanyard for the Dessert Party.


When we got back to the Premiere Theater, we were directed to a special entrance and shown to our seats.


Left to right: Me, Barbie, Josh, Jill, and Nicole

I had no idea what to expect from this attraction, as I've avoided all spoilers, but I did hear it is incredibly popular, as the line outside and packed theater confirmed.



Spoiler alert: I'm going to tell you about the show, so if you don't want to know anything about it, skip ahead!

Before the show, an announcement is made that we are welcome to take as many photos, and take as much video as we would like!

The Celebration begins with an announcement that the Queen of Arendelle would be making an appearance, but she is apparently a bit late, as Anna comes out instead, calling for her sister Elsa to please come out.


She is joined instead by the Historians of Arendelle, who relate the story of Frozen to us.


Their banter is very entertaining, with jokes and quips that are funny to young and old. There is even a joke that smooths over the emotional impact that the death of Elsa and Anna's mother and father has, stating that the death of parents seems to be a plot point in 50% of the Disney library!

Between sections of story, the actual musical numbers from the film are played with the words on the bottom so all can sing along.



It is pretty amazing to hear an entire audience not only sing along, but to sing along loudly.

Hear for yourself:

video

Finally we are treated to an appearance from Queen Elsa herself, and it is a dramatic entrance  indeed, and she creates an indoor snowfall!





If you or your children are fans of Frozen, I can't recommend going to this show enough.
Get a FastPass+, as the standby lines are loooong!

After the show, we had some time to kill, so made our way over to Wandering Oaken's Trading Post. This Frozen themed shop has plenty of merchandise as well as an actual snow play area! For a full look at the shop, please check out my friend and Disney Exchange co-host Lisa Green's post from her blog here.
There is even a PhotoPass cast member on hand for a photo op!

Left to right- Anna, Josh, Jill, Nicole, me, Barbie, and Elsa 

We also passed the party area, located at the end of Streets of America, so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of pics. Note the threatening looking clouds. We were curious as to what they would do if it rained, but it actually wound up being a lovely night.


 
We lined up at a little after 630pm, as we noticed a queue forming for the 7pm party. This turned out to be a good idea, as we were able to get an excellent seat at the very end of the seating area with an unobstructed view of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.


The desserts were pretty basic, cupcakes, tarts, fruit and whipped cream, chocolate cake, and the like, but all were very good, and, of course, Frozen themed. 








The non alcoholic beverages included soda, juices, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee.



There were also themed alcoholic beverages.




Many people had their fill and departed, but we stayed and enjoyed the party, and, yep, the alcoholic beverages, until the end, at 830pm.


Also included in the package was this pin and litho set.


There is a little pull out stand on the back so it can be displayed.


How much is the Frozen Holiday Premium Package, you may be asking? $89 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3 to 9), tax and gratuity included.
Was it worth it? I feel I got my money's worth in Southern Isles Cider alone, which was made with Jim Beam, apple cider and caramel syrup. 2 members of our party, my wife Barbie and friend Jill did not have many alcoholic beverages, and they also felt it was worth the cost, as we all had a terrific time. It is more about the experience than the food.

If you decide to go, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Cheers!


2 comments:

  1. Great photos and review! I wonder if this party will become a yearly event?

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    1. Thank you Gaylin. I don't see why it wouldn't.

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