VIDEO: Elsa Has A FROZEN HOLIDAY WISH at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Updated November 5, 2015

“A Frozen Holiday Wish” features Anna and Elsa in a show on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, the show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays.

Frozen Holiday Wish

You can compare the difference in the 2015 “A Frozen Holiday Wish” Cinderella Castle lighting show with the new castle turrets to the 2014 version with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff below.

Original post from November 5, 2014 follows below…

One of our favorite holiday decorations at Walt Disney World was the draping of Cinderella’s Castle with holiday lights transforming it into a shimmering crystal palace.  In typical Disney fashion, one does not simply “flip the switch” to turn on the lights.  Instead, pixie dust, a fairy wand, and some Disney Magic are utilized to set the castle aglow.  Well, if we’re talking about ice castles… it only makes sense to enlist the help of Elsa from FROZEN.  A FROZEN HOLIDAY WISH uses a combination of lights, music and new projection technology to triumphantly transform Cinderella’s Castle into a gorgeous shimmering ice castle that really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.  Even the high definition video cannot compare to what your own eyes experience during A FROZEN HOLIDAY WISH.

Queen Elsa from “Frozen” Transforms Cinderella Castle in "A Frozen Holiday Wish"

Photo by Matt Stroshane courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

As you can see, Cinderella is absent from A FROZEN HOLIDAY WISH, even though it is, after all, her castle – but that didn’t matter.  The FROZEN sisters know they are visiting from another land, so they ask the audience for “permission” to allow Elsa to use her frozen fractals to transform the castle into a shimmering castle of ice.  The audience was very enthusiastic.

My personal opinion is that I like this version better.  Do I miss Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother (click here for video)?  Absolutely, but they have their place throughout the Magic Kingdom.  This really feels like it was meant to be Elsa’s gig, and I love the way the projections allow her to do her stuff on the castle.  It simply feels magical and that’s what the Magic Kingdom is about.  Based on the audience’s reaction and crowds for both showings (there are two shows some nights), I would say Disney knows exactly what they are doing.


Photo by Matt Stroshane courtesy Walt Disney World Resort


Photo by Matt Stroshane courtesy Walt Disney World Resort


What do you think of the updated Cinderella Castle Dream Lights show?  Are you a fan of A FROZEN HOLIDAY WISH, or do you prefer the Fairy Godmother giving a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! to kick off the show?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!