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Olaf’s Snow Fest

Part of “Frozen Fun”
Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

Olaf invites you to step into the charming castle courtyard of the Kingdom of Arendelle. It’s always nighttime; it’s always winter; and it’s always cold—although not Frozen winter cold. The icicles are plastic, but the snow is real.


Olaf’s Snow Fest is practically its own little theme park land—with entertainment, food, shopping, a play area, a meet-and-greet, and even something you could call a ride!

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

What to expect

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Stage 17, home of Olaf’s Snow Fest

After you pass through the portal and under the monorail track, there are three ways to enter Olaf’s Snow Fest. Head to the left if you want to play in the snow. Head to the right if you want to visit Olaf. Or, if you just want to watch others play while you enjoy refreshments and entertainment, ask a Cast Member if you can go in through the exit.

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Long wait for snow

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

Separate entrance to meet the snowman who likes warm hugs

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Posing for a photo with Olaf

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Heavy snow predicted for the Kingdom of Arendelle

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Actual frozen water, not soap suds

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Do you want to build a snowman?

If you’re visiting from the Midwest or Northeast, snow isn’t such a big attraction—especially during winter. But for children from the Los Angeles basin, this might be their first time ever to play in snow.

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

Toboggan hill

We promised a ride, right?

Grab a plastic Toboggan at the side of the snow play area and head up a short flight of stairs. At the top of the hill, sit down on your Toboggan and hold on. Wait for the Cast Member to say “Let it go!” Now push off.

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Whee!

Well, it’s really more of a slide than a ride. It’s not the Matterhorn Bobsleds—but there is no track here, and the snow here is real.

Are you ready for some entertainment?

Kikka introduces the world famous palace musicians, The Frolicking Fjords, featuring Henry Fjord, Harrison Fjord, and Rita and Frita, the fiddling Fjords.

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Kikka and The Frolicking Fjords on stage

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Henry Fjord of the Frolicking Fjords

You might expect just to hear megahit songs from the megahit movie, Frozen. But these talented musicians perform songs written specifically for Olaf’s Snow Fest, such as “Arendelle, Arendelle.” Kikka will even teach the Hug Dance to you, while The Frolicking Fjords sing “I Like Warm Hugs.”

The stories and songs of The Tubadors are next. The Frolicking Fjords are a tough act to follow, but The Tubadors arr up to the task.

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

The Tubadors

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Tubador showmanship

If snow play, a toboggan slide, two acts of live entertainment—and all the waiting in line before those activities—have made you hungry, you have plenty of choices at Olaf’s Snow Fest. And the creativity of the foods and treats is on the same high plane as everything else at Olaf’s Snow Fest.

You’re probably not dressed as warmly as the Cast Members, so you might want to order something to warm you up. Hot chocolate seems like a good idea.

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Winter treats and plenty of seats

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

The menu… but there are more choices in glass cases and on the counter

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

Cast Members dressed for the cold

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Bite into Olaf’s head

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

Complete kit to build your own snowman cookie

And what’s the perfect way to end your visit to Olaf’s Snow Fest?

Olaf’s Snow Fest at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2015

Merchandise

At the gift shop, of course!


Olaf’s Snow Fest ran from January 7, 2015, to April 30, 2015, at Disney California Adventure. It was in the Hollywood Land at Stage 17, which originally had been built for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It!.

Olaf’s Snow Fest was part of the larger “Frozen Fun” promotion. Other parts of the promotion included “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” in the Disney Animation building, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration in the former Muppet*Vision 3D theater, and Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party.

A modified version of Olaf’s Snow Fest returned from November 13, 2015, to January 7, 2016. It was good way to provide additional capacity to guests during the Holiday Season.

For a temporary attraction, a remarkable amount of creativity and talent went into Olaf’s Snow Fest.


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