On to Norway… and Frozen Ever After for the first time in forever… I mean the first time ever, sorry breaking into a Frozen song. This was an awesome use of a FastPass when we saw the line! No one could believe that with three teenage boys that we would choose Frozen over Soarin and Test Track, but it was a smart move.
So for our review… we really liked it! We are one of those families who actually fell in love with the movie when it came out and so we were excited to try out this ride. First of all let me say it was beautifully done. We had never ridden Maelstrom so I cannot compare the new to the old ride, but the visual effects were stunning. At one point you enter a large cavern surrounded by Queen Elsa (of course singing Let It Go) and the ‘ice castle’ is all around you and then you start flying backwards… obviously this was my favorite part. But also the animatronics have come so far, with the facial projections they look like the characters come to life! We were very happy to ride this ride, especially since the kinks had already been worked out and we were able to experience a seamless and well executed ride!
We received a wonderful surprise on exiting this ride when we jumped into a non-existent line with a Photopass Photographer in front of the waterfall. This was by far the best photographer we ever had and he took some family photos that really show the personalities of our boys and some fun family whimsy as well. Fantastic experience.
After a run through the gift shop and a picture with the giant troll, we moved over to China. Let me say that it was hot this day. I am not one to complain, but it has to be said. With the heat index, it was 109 degrees, so we decided to spend some time cooling off in the huge and extremely interesting shop in China. On the way out I found the best bargain of the trip… a Chinese fan on which my name was inscribed (in Chinese of course, at least I hope it actually says my name) for a whopping $2.50!!! Needless to say, this did not leave my hand the rest of the day. As we made it over to the African Outpost, I realized I had forgotten my Strawberry Oolong Tea Smoothie, so I had to go back and get it!
Over in Germany, it’s all about the beer… and the caramel! Jason grabbed a beer and then we moved into the delicious smells of Karamell Kuche where the boys scored a couple of snacks consisting of a chocolate covered caramel square and some caramel corn, both were so good. In Italy, we grabbed seats to watch Sbandieratori di Sansepolcro, the amazing flying flag show which was really impressive and just a few minutes later we saw Sergio.
Next up… dinner at Teppan Edo in Japan!
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