WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNVEILS EPIC ADVENTURE “FROZEN”—IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 2013
Film/TV/Stage Star Kristen Bell and Tony® Award Winner/film/TV star
Idina Menzel Lend their Singing/Acting Talents
Broadway Greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to
Contribute Original Songs
BURBANK, Calif. (June 11, 2012) – Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.
Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”
In celebration of Studios Central Disney’s Hollywood Awareness week, we thought we would end it with a round-table discussion on our thoughts on Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
We hope that you enjoy some of thoughts and pictures of Studios!
1. What is your favorite attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and how long would you wait to ride?
Shalon – I am a fan of Tower of Terror, and I would wait 30 minutes.
Cheryl – Toy Story Mania with a wait of 30 minutes.
Aurora – I adore Toy Story but, I am a fast pass only girl when it comes to that ride. I will wait about 60 minutes tops for it. ONLY because the queue line is so interesting that it seems to make the time go by faster!!!
Betsy – I love the Great Movie Ride! Classic films are right up my alley and my favorite film of all time (Casablanca) is featured in the ride. I’d say the longest I’ve waited is probably 20 – 30 minutes. There is an attraction I have waited longer for and that is Toy Story Midway Mania with my goddaughter and that was an hour wait, but I’d still say GMR is my fave.
Megan – I love Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Rollercoaster. I think the longest I’ve waited to ride it is 30 minutes. I have run over to it before a breakfast reservation to make sure that I have a fastpass for after breakfast.
Shelley – I have to say that my favorite attraction at DHS is The Great Movie Ride. I know it sounds cheesy, but I have had the best time on this ride with my friends! It’s always a great way to end our day at DHS! I would wait 45 minutes since I like to imitate the clips in the main holding area.
2. If you could be any character in any show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios who would you be?
Cheryl – I am a big Star Wars fan, so I would like to be R2D2 in Hyperspace Hoopla!
Aurora – Indiana Jones of course! You get a hat and a whip and you get to shoot a gun and be the hero!!!!!
Betsy – Hmm, this one is tough. I love The Little Mermaid and used to actually spend my recess singing Part of Your World, so Ariel is a possibility. I think I’d have to go with Marion from Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. What can I say? I have a thing for Indy. 😉
Megan – Definitely Belle. I always sing along to movie and I think that the stage show in the studios is definitely well done. And if I can’t be Belle, I would love to be one of the dancers in the show.
Shelley – I am going to bend the rules of ‘show’ a little…I think I should be able to since I wrote the questions! LOL! I would love to be Mimi Kaboom! She is my favorite Citizen of Hollywood…just don’t tell Paige Turner.
Shalon – Belle in the Beauty and the Beast stage show!
3. What is your favorite spot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
Aurora – My Husband and I tend to spend the most time at the Animation Building. We love to do the drawing classes but we like the quiet and air conditioning!
Betsy – Possibly Animation Academy since I so enjoy drawing some of my favorite characters. If you are talking about a place to hang out, then maybe Studio Catering Company for people watching or the Writer’s Stop for somewhere cooler. For strictly aesthetic purposes, I’d say the queue of the Tower of Terror due to the crazy details, especially in the lobby.
Megan – The Writer’s Stop. It is my favorite place to sit back and relax. I usually grab a snack and one (or two) of the cookbooks that I can “ooh” and “ahh” over the recipes.
Shelley – I really enjoy taking my time to wander through One Man’s Dream to try to find a little something that I have never seen before, and I always watch the movie…even though it makes me cry every time!!!
Shalon – I like to relax inside the Tune In lounge.
Cheryl – The area between One Man’s Dream and Voyage of the Little Mermaid, because it is a great area that always seems to be cool.
4. Where is your favorite place to eat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
Betsy – My go to table service restaurant is Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. I love the flatbreads and the penne alla vodka. For counter service I tend to end up at Studio Catering Company for the veggie sandwich.
Shalon – I am a fan of the Brown Derby for the Cobb salad!
Megan – I love 50’s Prime Time Cafe. The theming of the restaurant is superb. It reminds me of my grandparent’s house. The food is the most delicious I’ve had in a theme park restaurant. I always plan on trying something different when I visit but I always end up having the pot roast. I highly recommend it! I wish I could duplicate the dish at home!
Shelley – I adore eating at the Sci Fi Dine in Theater! I am obsessed with their red velvet cheesecake, and where else can you see clips from bad movies, the kitchen of the future, and watch GARCO & Walt while you eat??
Cheryl – The ABC Commisary, because they have a great salad!
Aurora – I am a HUGE FAN of the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Studios Catering Company! It is a massive portion and the perfect amount of Spicy!! Plus they have the GOOD honey mustard that you can get as much as you want to dip your fries into!!
5. If you could add something to Disney’s Hollywood Studios what would it be?
Megan – I would love to have it be a working studio again. One of my favorite things about the studios of the past was when you would be able to see some of the animators at work. It’s been years since they had any animators working there and I think it would give the guests a fun sneak peek at the upcoming films. In addition, it would give the younger guests an opportunity to see what an animator does.
Shelley – I agree with Scarlett Litton…Shade!!! No, in all seriousness I would really love to see something…well anything done with the Backlot Tour area! It is definitely time for a change!
Shalon – I would love to have the long rumored Monsters, Inc. Rollercoaster in the Park!
Cheryl – I wish there were more vegan options and more special diet options, like items from Babycakes! I can never seem to find snacks that are friendly for those with allergies.
Aurora – I would love if they re did the Backlot Tour…. It used to be something SO MUCH BETTER! Now it is just lame. The Pre recorded spiel is just stupid. I miss the interaction. I love walking through the prop warehouse and would rather do that then the tram ride. I would also love a new Parade…. the one we have right now is seven minutes of BAD!
Betsy – I would love if they would incorporate something into some of the currently unused spaces like the theater where the Hunchback of Notre Dame show used to be, or the space between Toy Story and Backlot Tour. It seems these areas only get used occasionally during Star Wars Weekends or not at all. Another E ticket ride of some sort next to TSMM would be great. I would also love to see another Broadway style musical show for one of the newer musicals like the Princess and the Frog or Tangled.