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'Frozen 2' Release Date, Cast & Plot Rumors: New Arendelle Ride Shuts Down Maelstrom

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It's official! The Epcot ride has totally shut down to make way for an all-new "Frozen" attraction.

Disney confirmed the new attraction early September, saying that Epcot's Norway Pavilion will be housing one of the biggest Disney brand names currently.

"So I'm pleased to say that we're starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new 'Frozen' attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.," wrote Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs.

"The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests.

"We think these 'Frozen' elements are great complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film," he added.

According to Inside the Magic, Maelstrom's popularity was evident during its last night-"with wait times stretching in excess of two hours." The Norwegian ride reportedly takes passengers to "a journey through the history and culture of the country as they 'seek the spirit of Norway,'" said Florida Today

The outlet said that the Norway Pavilion in Epcot was originally opened in 1988 to showcase the country's advanced technology, as well as "to help sell Norway's export products."

Maelstrom is "a ride on a scale-model Viking ship, which would travel through displays detailing the country's history, culture, tourism and industry," said Florida Today, quoting a 1985 Orlando Sentinel report.

As for the new "Frozen" ride, Inside the Magic, in another report, said that it will open sometime in early 2016. But that isn't the only project Disney has under its sleeve for the hit animation movie.

A new short film will be released in 2015-titled "Frozen Fever." As previously reported, the new film will star Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.

"Set on Anna's birthday, love interest Kristoff and sister Elsa attempt to give her the best birthday celebration," Screen Crush wrote of the new film's plot.

Aside from the reported new short film, Disney is also allegedly working on sequel novels for Frozen, with the first story titled "Anna and Elsa: All Hail the Queen" and the second titled "Anna and Elsa: Memory and Magic." Two more novels will reportedly be out as well.

Fans who are waiting for "Frozen 2" might just be seeing a much-awaited animation movie sequel should the alleged novels be adapted to the big screen. And the good news is that if the novels do come to fruition, it would mean at least 4 more "Frozen" sequel films!

What do you think? Will you be heading to Epcot for the new "Frozen" ride?

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