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I think it's safe to say that Disney's 53rd animated film, Frozen was a success. I mean it's hard to argue that point when the film broke the record for highest-grossing animated film. The film, which is loosely (a huge understatement) based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snow Queen, features a predictably heartwarming fairy tale with a somewhat unpredictable plot.
Those are facts I am sure many of you are aware of. What you may not be aware of is how long the Disney company has been thinking of doing a film based on The Snow Queen. We're not talking ten, twenty or even thirty years. A film based on Andersen's classic was given a production number of 1092 back in 1939.
Sadly, the project lay dormant for over seventy years as other stories were made into films.
There were other plans Disney had at one time for The Snow Queen.
Marc Davis, the man who designed many of the most memorable Disney characters from Snow White herself to Maleficent and many others, was at Disneyland one summer afternoon in the early 1970s when he noticed how harsh the Southern California sun really was. Compounding the problem, was the fact that there was very little relief from the sun. That is when the man, who was a chief character designer in such attractions as "The Jungle Cruise", and "The Haunted Mansion", had an idea for a cool (literally) new attraction based on a tale by Hans Christian Anderson.
Concept painting for the Snow Queen's Palace by Marc Davis.
The ride would be housed in a glacier that had the appearance of being a palace which would be roughly the same size as "it's a small world". Guests would walk up a staircase of fake snow and ice and eventually be loaded into a boat, which would then take the guests through an incredibly beautiful attraction. Interestingly Marc Davis' design for the Snow Queen herself bears some striking resemblances to Elsa from Frozen, right down to the braid. For more information on what the attraction would have been like, click here.
Marc Davis concept for the Snow Queen.
Screenshot of Elsa from Frozen.