Disney’s Frozen: What You Didn’t Know

Disney's Frozen: What You Didn't Know

Chances are you’ve seen Disney’s latest hit film Frozen. You can sing every word of the soundtrack, and you’ve probably seen all the YouTube renditions of the film’s songs. In fact, you’ve probably even bought some Frozen toys, costumes, and other accessories for your kids (or maybe even for yourself) now that Disney finally has Frozen merchandise in stock. Being the Frozen fan you are, you’ve even spotted some of the hidden details in the film. But do you know some of the trivia and stories behind the film?

  • Both Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, and Kristin Bell, the voice of Anna, auditioned for the part of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled.
  • Santino Fontana, the voice of Hans, also auditioned for a part in Tangled. Though he did not get the role of Flynn Rider, he was called back to audition for a role in The Snow Queen, as the film was called at the time.
  • Over 50 animators worked on the animation for Elsa’s beautiful ice castle.
  • Josh Gad improvised several of Olaf’s lines in Frozen in an effort to make the producers laugh.
  • Speaking of Olaf, his dance with the seagulls during In Summer is meant as a tribute to Bert’s dance with the penguins in Mary Poppins.
  • In the film, Anna is said to be 18 years old, while both her older sister Elsa and Kristoff are 21 years old. Hans is 23 years old when the film’s events take place.
  • The giant snow monster Elsa creates was at one point designed to look like a giant version of Olaf. As such, Olaf referred to him as “little brother.” Ultimately, the producers decided not to go this route with the giant snow monster.
  • Elsa is the third Disney character played by Idina Menzel. She played Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted and the sorceress Circe in Hercules.
  • In tribute to Hans Christian Anderson, the writer of The Snow Queen – the story upon which Frozen is based, the main characters names are Hans, Kristoff, Anna, & Sven. Say their names fast. It sounds like Hans Christian Anderson.
  • Does the Duke Of Weselton sound familiar? Alan Tudyk provided the voice for both the Duke of Weselton in Frozen and King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Frozen was originally planned to be a hand-drawn animated film.
  • In order to make Sven’s animation as lifelike as possible, a live reindeer was brought into the studio. The animators then studied it’s movement and behavior.

What’s your favorite piece of trivia about Disney’s Frozen? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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  • Mouse Ears Mom

    By far my favorite Frozen post by any blogger to date! Thank you Kimberly!

    • Thank you so much Amy! I had a lot of fun researching this one! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • That is awesome! I had no idea Idina was in the other movies! I also love the trivia about the names being a nod to Hans Christian Anderson! Great post! 🙂

    • I was amazed when I found out about the names! Disney always thinks of everything!

  • Wow! You really tracked down some cool facts. 🙂

  • DisneyDonnaKay

    So may awesome facts! I didn’t realize that Idina Menzel had been in two other Disney movies. Great trivia!!

  • Julie RunWalkFASTPASS Repeat

    LOVE trivia! Thanks for sharing these facts and I LOVE Alan Tudyk! He is a great actor.

    • He’s so funny in Wreck-It Ralph!

  • I love this!! Really, I can’t get enough Frozen information! 🙂 Great trivia and I can’t wait to share it with my kids in the morning!

  • Lisa Cameron

    Great list of Frozen trivia! We love Olaf’s dance. I’ll have to tell my daughter about the connection to Mary Poppins.

    • I love that they put in a reference to Mary Poppins! It’s such a great Disney film!

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  • Lisa Green

    Well…you know about me and Frozen, but this list is GREAT! I’ve very glad the snow monster ended up in his final form and not at all like a giant Olaf! My favorite fact, which was a delightful surprise to me, was the character’s names as a salute to Hans Christain Anderson – I LOVE that!!! This was an awesome post.

    • That’s one of my favorites too! I was amazed when I found that out…and I of course kept saying their names after that! Haha!

  • TipsfromtheDisneyDivas&Devos

    Those are so neat! I knew of a couple, but most of them were brand new to me! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for reading!

  • I love learning more about this movie! I bet a day at the office with a reindeer was entertaining 🙂

    • I’m sure it was! I wonder if they have video of that…

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  • Great trivia, Kimberly! Thanks for sharing it with us!




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