by Disney Magic Diva
If your little princess is obsessed with all things Frozen, you’ll no doubt want to meet Anna and Elsa on your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort. You may have heard the horror stories in the past of 3, 4, 5, or even 6 hour waits to see them. Certainly not very magical. Luckily, with the opening of their new home in Epcot, it’s now much easier to say hello to these popular sisters.
Anna and Elsa are eager to show off their new home, Royal Sommerhus, in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. Since FastPass+ is not available for this meet and greet, we were a little concerned about how long the line might be. We visited just a month after Royal Sommerhus opened, so we had no idea if the long wait times to meet the princesses would still exist. To help our chances of avoiding a substantial wait, we booked breakfast an hour before park opening at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. (Read Fairy Diva’s review of Akershus here.) We thought we’d enjoy our meal, then head right over to meet the princesses before most of the guests had made their way from the gate all the way back to Norway. (It was quite a sacrifice to have breakfast at Akershus just so we could get in line early for Anna and Elsa, but you know we Divas will do anything to get the scoop and help out our readers!)
Our worries were unfounded. While I would certainly suggest dining with princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall because, well, it’s royally wonderful, it certainly wasn’t necessary to avoid a reasonable wait time to meet Anna and Elsa. We were able to walk in with only about a 2 minute wait. And while this may have been due to the early morning arrival, we checked backed periodically thoughout the day at Epcot, and the wait was never the unreasonable length it was prior to the opening of Royal Sommerhus.
TIP: Don’t book Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with the intention of meeting Anna and Elsa there. They do NOT appear at the restaurant. On the day we dined, we met Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel. Having breakfast, then visiting Royal Sommerhus, which is literally steps away from Akershus, is a fabulous way to meet lots of princesses in a short time!
The entrance to Royal Sommerhus is exquisite. It’s rustic and homey, yet fit for a princess. Naturally, the Disney Imagineers did not disappoint when it came to incorporating the details we love from the movies. My favorite was the vase of beautiful sunflowers from Frozen Fever.
As you enter the holding area right before you’re ushered through the door to greet the princesses, you might deduce why the line moves so quickly. Instead of just one “magic” door that leads to the characters, you’ll notice four! Of course, the cast members are careful to keep them closed, and only allow one door to open at any one time. But if you put on your thinking cap, you’ll probably be able to understand why the wait is never too long to meet Elsa and Anna.
Once you are allowed through your magic door, you’ll finally be in the presence of royalty. We met Elsa first, and enjoyed the wonderful view of her ice castle from her balcony. Notice the snowflakes on the doors and carpet. Such perfect details that help truly transport you to Elsa’s kingdom and make your visit completely immersive. Elsa was so regal and genuine, giving her full attention to my granddaughter and was as gracious as can be.
Next, we were directed to Anna’s greeting area, which likewise had a spectacular view – this time of Arendelle. Anna’s décor is centered around those lovely sunflowers – you’ll find them painted on her doors as well as featured in her carpet. There’s even a vase of sunflowers on the table which serves as a divider between the Elsa and Anna greeting areas. My granddaughter’s personality is so much like Anna’s. She’s gentle yet brave, fun-loving, and innocent with adorable freckles, just a hint of red in her hair, and a heart that would melt any snowstorm. When Frozen first hit the theaters and most little girls dreamed of being Elsa, my granddaughter always identified with Anna. This wasn’t her first time meeting Anna, but it was probably the most magical encounter she has had with her.
Like most character meet and greets, PhotoPass photographers are available to capture your royal encounter. And, like most character meetings, you’ll pass through a gift shop as you exit. Here you’ll find everything Frozen – play sets, dresses and accessories, t-shirts, books, artwork, stuffed plush, dolls, trinkets – whatever your heart desires!
So if you’re looking to meet Anna and Elsa grab your autograph book and head to Royal Sommerhus in Norway. You’ll have a wonderful time! And if you need to plan your next Walt Disney World vacation, be sure to contact Patricia at All for Dreams Travel for your free quote!
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