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UPDATED: WDW to close Epcot’s Maelstrom, replace with ‘Frozen’ ride

Maelstrom in Epcot

Walt Disney World will soon close Epcot’s venerable Maelstrom ride and replace it with an attraction inspired by the popular Frozen movie, according to various media accounts.

The move has been rumored for months on popular Disney message boards. The attraction, located at Epcot’s Norway pavilion in the World Showcase, is slated to close Oct. 5, but an opening date for its replacement has not been announced, according to reports.

The Orlando Business Journal indicated the attraction might open by 2016.

“We think these ‘Frozen’ elements are great compliments to the Norway pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film,” The Orlando Sentinel quoted Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as saying.

The popular Maelstrom attraction opened on Jul 5, 1988, and provides guests with a whimsical look at Norway’s history. “Norway’s spirit will always be adventure,” according to the ride’s announcer.

In addition to the new attraction, Disney is adding a meet and greet location at the Norway pavilion where guests can meet Elsa and Anna, the main characters of the blockbuster film.

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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.