Recently I read Katherine’s post about the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT and also the Maelstrom ride. Recently there have been rumors flying about that Disney is going to close the ride and open a Frozen themed ride there instead.
Except it might not be just a rumor. For my trip down in September, a Fast Pass was available for the Thursday but when I looked at Sunday, it wasn’t an option. As of September 28, there appears to be NO Fast Passes for this attraction.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Frozen as much as the next person…ok MORE than the next person, but I think closing the Maelstrom attraction and replacing it with a Frozen ride, is well, wrong.
First of all, all the pavilions in EPCOT are sponsored by their respective country. Norway doesn’t want a Frozen ride there. Why? Because, although Frozen is inspired by Norwegian culture, it occurs in a fictional location of Arendelle, NOT Norway. Why should this country sponsor a pavilion that does not reflect it’s culture, but rather reflect a fictional town? It’s not right. All the other countries get to keep what makes them them. If Mulan had done better, would the China pavilion be forced to change it’s movie to something Mulan themed?
Furthermore, the World Showcase is kinda sacred. It is the one place in WDW that is Disney without being DISNEY. You know what I mean? It’s bad enough they changed the El Rio del Tiempo ride to incorporate the Three Caballeros (which is completely UNNECESSARY – please change it back!) but don’t do this to Norway. I love Disney and I love the characters, but the World Showcase is not meant to feature or focus on a specific Disney movie, theme, character, etc. It is meant to “share the world” with the guests. If you want to create a Frozen attraction, GREAT! But put it where it belongs…in
MGM Hollywood Studios (where movies are the theme) or in the Magic Kingdom with the rest of the Princesses! Frozen does not belong in the World Showcase.
But perhaps most importantly…IT’S THE MAELSTROM! Everyone loves this ride (although they may not love the movie at the end of it). Admit it, no matter how many times you go on the ride, there is always that moment when you think/wonder if the boat is going to go over the edge.
So here is my idea…I know I only have like 10 people reading this…maybe (but you are an awesome 10 people!). BUT you guys each have a significant number of readers. I was wondering if there was a way to kind of get an online petition going. I was thinking if we could spread the word to enough people, using twitter and tweet @WaltDisneyWorld with #SaveMaelstrom (as well as anything else you would like to say), maybe we can get back to them how many people are not happy with this change.
Unless of course I’m the only person who is not happy with this, in which case, hey, at least I tried.
I realize nothing may come of this, and that there are issues a lot more important to petition, but Disney is a customer driven business…I think they should know what their costumers think, right?
*editors note: apparently #SaveMaelstrom is already out there…but keep it going! And make sure @WaltDisneyWorld is seeing it!