Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Opening soon at Disney: Frozen ride, Soarin' and Star Wars fireworks

Next week at Walt Disney World, Star Wars fans will find amped-up fireworks and the return of Soarin', and little girls will finally get their Anna and Elsa attraction when Frozen Ever After opens at Epcot on June 21.

The theme park giant has a number of new attractions that are finally opening for summer vacation season.

The most-anticipated one is the Frozen ride. It comes at the expense of Maelstrom, the well-liked boat ride through Norwegian history and folklore.

The premise of the ride will be taking guests from a "Summer Snow Day" celebration, when Elsa uses her powers to make it snow in the middle of a hot summer day. The ride to the ice palace is set in a newly built Royal Sommerhus, a meet and greet area especially built for Anna and Elsa, also opening June 21.

Soarin' reopens June 17 at Epcot, only now it's called Soarin' Around the World with lots of technology upgrades and more capacity. That's a welcome relief for a ride with chronically long lines.

The technology used to make Soarin' Around The World means visitors get a much closer look at some of the world's wildest wonders in the attraction that puts you in a virtual hang glider in front of an 80-foot screen.

Cameras were dangled below a helicopter as it flew between rock formations and across the Great Wall of China. The footage from these nifty cameras will be shown on upgraded screens and projection systems. There are even new scents, to make the experience more realistic.

And over at Hollywood Studios, the new Stars Wars Galactic Spectacular fireworks show also opens June 17.

Disney in recent years has added impressive projection mapping technology to its fireworks shows, and this one will use the Chinese Theater in Hollywood Studios as its canvas to project images from the Star Wars films while John Williams' soundtrack plays. Disney has also promised lasers, lighting and over-the-top pyrotechnics.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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