The Frozen Summer Fun Live event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in full swing this summer. The fun is currently scheduled to take place until September 7, 2015 daily. One of the biggest highlights of the activities that are included with your park admission is the Frozen Royal Welcome. This parade has undergone a few changes that I’ll outline here as well as giving some tips on how to best view the parade.
The Frozen Royal Welcome takes place twice daily, to give the guests more opportunities to see Olaf, Kristoff, Anna, Elsa and the fun Frozen dancers and flag twirlers. There’s a limited amount of shaded areas along Hollywood Boulevard, so those spots fill in quickly, especially for the 10:30am parade. The shaded areas were filled about 45 minutes before the early parade. The 1:30pm parade is much easier to walk up in this area about 10 to 15 minutes early. There are far fewer shaded areas for the 1:30pm parade.
To avoid this log jam, I decided to try the same strategy that I employ for the Star Wars parade. I watch the parades from the steps of the Hyperion Theater – new home for the Frozen Sing-along. You’ll see that location marked as Olaf 2 on the map below. We arrived 15 minutes early and sat in the limited shady area. We found that there was far more shade on the Hyperion steps for the 1:30pm parade, which is the parade that I recommend on the Character Locator Touring Plans. I also tried the Hollywood Boulevard area but much preferred the theater steps. The Frozen Royal Welcome is canceled in the event of rain or lightning.
I’ve created this map to demonstrate the best viewing areas that include the show stops (green) the parade only portion (yellow) and the actual area where each float stops for stop 1 and stop 2. I thought this might help in case you’re interested in seeing a certain character like Olaf or Kristoff more.
The Frozen Royal Welcome is different in a few ways this year.
- There is no stage show. In 2014 the parade stopped and Anna and Elsa would head to the stage for a short sing-along. For 2015 the parade will stop twice. The first stop is along Hollywood Boulevard and the second one stops from the Hyperion Theater back toward the stage, this gives guests more opportunities to see Anna, Elsa and the dancers. Anna and Elsa get off their floats and walk past the guests in these areas. If you are seated from the Hyperion Theater toward Star Tours, you will not experience this walk around. Disney “snow” appears on Hollywood Boulevard and at the Hyperion Theater area only.
- Olaf is in the parade. In 2014, the little house float was empty because Olaf appeared on stage on the video portion that was offered. They eliminated that video portion, so he can now ride his float. Olaf doesn’t leave his float during the walk around portion. Olaf is preceded by some roller skating dancers in themed costuming.
The Hyperion Theater steps were the perfect location to get some great photos of Olaf on his float while the dancers with Anna and Elsa walked past. Kristoff’s float isn’t far behind. Olaf wanted Summer and it was 99 degrees with the temperature in the parking lot weighing in at 109 degress when we left around 3pm. Take a mid-day break!!!
Olaf sends his love.
- Kristoff and his ice breakers are the same as 2014. Kristoff rides the same float. He does not exit the float during the processional to the dismay of all the swooning girls and middle-aged women.
- Elsa has her own float this year. Last year, she rode with Anna in the sleigh, but she is now at the end of the parade on her own float that looks like a scene from the movie. She is preceded by snowflake roller skating dancers.
Here’s a full video I made from the Hollywood Boulevard section of the park. I was right across the street from Sunset Boulevard and just up from Starbucks. Olaf stopped right in front of us. From the time the parade stops until it passes, it takes about 8 minutes.