Tips for Meeting ‘Frozen’ Princesses Elsa and Anna at Disney

Tips for Meeting Frozen Princesses Elsa and Anna at Disney

Do you want to build a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman.

If you have children who adore the film Frozen,’ you have probably had the tune embedded into your head for months. The Disney flick has brought in more than a billion dollars. A billion. To say the new additions to the princess family is popular – is a gross understatement.

Elsa and Anna have been moved from Epcot to Disney World character encounters. The wait to meet the Norwegian sisters has climbed over 5 hours for standby. On average, the minimum wait time is 3 hours. That can blast almost your entire day at the Magic Kingdom…just waiting in line.

The parks are trying to contend with the demand. Additional hours have been added and the experience has been added to the FastPass+ system. The system reserves a time frame for your visit, but don’t plan on walking right in. Often, this pass just gets you into a shorter line.

Tip 1 – Disney resort guests can book a time 60 days in advance, but guests staying outside the park only get a 30 day jump. Reservations at the Princesses Fairytale Hall can be difficult to nab. The clock starts ticking a midnight eastern standard time from that 60 or 30 day marker.

Tip 2 – The new system only allows you to have set number of FastPasses. If you have a choice between getting a pass for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the Princesses…pick Elsa and Anna. Wait times for the newest Disney World ride are hovering in the hour to an hour-and-a-half wait times.

Tip 3 – If it is a non-Extra Magic Hours day, book and advance dining reservation for breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle or the Crystal Palace to ensure you are waiting by the hall doors no later than 8:40 a.m. Hotel guests and restaurant guests are currently being held together, so this might give you a slight edge. You can book dining 180 days in advance so this might be a nice cushion in case you can’t nab a FastPass.

Tip 4 – If you are visiting during a day that has the Extra Magic Hours and you are a resort guest, the sisters will starting greeting at 8 a.m. This will give you a bit of an advantage.

Tip 5 – Everyone bolts for Fairytale Hall first thing in the morning. If you are willing to gamble, wait to hit the area until the afternoon. Find out what time the princesses will be retiring for the day and plan to return no less than 3 hours later.

Tip 6 – In another effort at cutting the wait times down, the sisters have been split up. Each takes a separate side of the room and two separate lines are formed. It cuts the wait times down significantly, but if both princesses are a must-meet, it could mean waiting in two lines. No official word on whether or not this will be a permanent change, but be prepared.

Tip 7 – If at first you don’t succeed getting Fastpass or reservation try, try again. Sometimes people change their minds and cancel. Check back whenever you have a few moment. You might be surprised to find a slot has opened up.

If your kids can be satisfied by just waving adoringly from afar, Elsa and Anna have been added to the Disney World Opening Show now starting at 8:40 a.m. (Double check hours before you arrange solid plans as times are always subject to change.)

Also, a few weeks ago, Disney’s Hollywood Studios announced they would be adding a ‘Frozen’ frenzy with daily character procession, sing-alongs and a nightly party. July 5 through Sept. 1, each day at 11 a.m., Anna, Elsa and Kristoff will parade down Hollywood Boulevard. You and your family can wave at the trio as they pass by in a horse-drawn carriage. If you miss out on getting a peek at the princesses, you can spot them again at the Premiere Theater for sing-alongs and storytelling.

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26 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. DD July 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I bet the lines are long for these girls!

  2. Janelle July 3, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I can’t believe people need tips for this?

  3. Allie July 3, 2014 at 7:00 am - Reply

    take your time and enjoy it. This all seems so stressful.

  4. Pamela July 3, 2014 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Frozen is so huge right now isn’t it? I had no idea because I don’t know many kids, but wow!

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 3, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    We are going back to Disney next month, but my boys probably will want to skip this :(

  6. Paula Parker July 3, 2014 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I would wait all day to meet Leif Garrett! Thanks for the information!

  7. Holly @ Woman Tribune July 3, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I totally read the first sentences of your post in time with the music! Awesome tips! I’ve never been to Disney, but cannot even imagine the wait or the hassle involved in getting close to Elsa and Anna right now!

  8. Felicia July 3, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Wow that is crazy! I love Frozen but thank goodness I do have any children who would love to go see the characters. That wait time is insane!

  9. Terri Ingraham | Sugar Free Glow July 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    We are going to Disney next week but I am really hoping we don’t have to do anything that involves a line!

  10. Kungphoo July 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Nice tips.. my daughter would have researched this and found the princess..

  11. janelle July 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    good tips! thanks for sharing

  12. Amanda July 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Great ideas for someone who is planning to visit disney land!

  13. Stacey Werner July 4, 2014 at 7:42 am - Reply

    I will have to pack away these tips… my niece is definitely going to want to do this!

  14. Jhady July 4, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

    My whole family loves the frozen characters and would you believe even my 1 yr old watch the movie over and over and never gets tired of it. We would love to meet Elsa and Anna.

  15. Rosey July 4, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I imagine any little girl would love this. Not sure I’d be overly fond of the split line, but it is good to know before going.

  16. Lexie Lane July 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Wow! 300 minutes! That is absolutely crazy! I guess if you have a little girl, this is a definite must. Wow! Great tips!

    • Jen July 6, 2014 at 5:46 am - Reply

      Yah 300 minutes is basically a lifetime when you’re 5, that’s why these tips rock!

  17. BusyBee July 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    How fun for little kids to be able to do this while on vacation

    • Jen July 6, 2014 at 5:45 am - Reply

      Honestly, it’s fun for adults too. I used to take my kid every year!

  18. DD July 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    This is insane, the popularity of these princesses.

  19. Jen July 6, 2014 at 5:45 am - Reply

    SQUEE8 I’m a very, very old girl and I’m excited at the idea of meeting the Frozen gals!

  20. Pamela July 7, 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

    This sounds so exciting for all those Frozen obsessed kids!

  21. Shannah @ Just Us Four July 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    These are fabulous tips. I know my daughter would die to meet them at Disney!

  22. Debi July 9, 2014 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Great tips. I know when we get to Disney, this will be at the top of the list for my girls.

  23. Caitlin July 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I don’t have kids yet! But this is a great resource for when we do:) thank you for sharing this!

  24. Erin July 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    My daughter would love to meet them, we need to plan a trip.

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