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Travel notes: theme parks, museums, battle re-enactment

A new ride based on the movie ‘Frozen’ will take over the boat ride that used to be the Maelstrom ride in Epcot’s Norway pavilion.
A new ride based on the movie ‘Frozen’ will take over the boat ride that used to be the Maelstrom ride in Epcot’s Norway pavilion. Walt Disney Resorts

▪ Walt Disney World has released some details of the new Frozen ride that is being built on the track of the former Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. The boat ride through the kingdom of Arendelle is set to open in the first half of 2016. It will include the Winter in Summer Celebration, Elsa’s Ice Palace and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain.

The Norway Pavilion’s exterior will be expanded with a design reflecting the cultural arts and crafts of Norway. It also will include a new meet-and-greet site for Elsa and Anna.

Frozen Summer Fun returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Wednesday with sing-alongs, royal processionals, dance parties, fireworks and the occasional snow cloud. The daily events run through Sept. 7.

▪ Tickets have gone on sail for Rock the Universe, a Christian music festival at Universal Studios. Festival dates are Sept. 11-12. Performers will include Casting Crowns, a Grammy-winning band that began as a youth group at a Daytona Beach church, Newsboys and Switchfoot. Details: www.rocktheuniverse.com.

▪ A re-enactment of the Battle of Bloody Mose will be presented on June 20-21 in Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine. The 1740 battle led to the British lifting their siege and ending their attack against St. Augustine. The event will include the presentation of the colors, a cannon and musket salute, demonstrations of 18th century colonial and military life, children’s activities, and craft and food vendors. Details: 877-FLA-HIST (352-4478) or www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fort-Mose.

▪ Watercolors by Michaela Castaldi are on display at the Naples Depot Museum through July 31. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Castaldi moved to Naples 10 years ago.

Set in Naples’ first passenger train station, the restored Naples Depot Museum takes visitors back to Florida’s railroading heydays of the Roaring Twenties and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow into a resort town. Details: 239-262-6525 or www.colliermuseums.com/exhibits.

▪ Two new exhibitions open Tuesday at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach — The Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art and Japan’s Robot Kingdom.

Creatures in Japanese Art draws from the museum’s own menagerie collection to explore the mythical world of creatures in Japanese art. Supernatural beasts drawn from folk traditions, Shintō and Buddhist lore now take the form of nuclear-spawned mutant giant reptiles, such as Godzilla; clever and incorrigible robots like Doraemon in the guise of an earless blue cat; and an entire race of shape-shifting mechanical alien beings known as Transformers.

The second exhibition explores Japan’s vast robot kingdom through a collection of vintage toys, figurines and comics. For the past 50 years, the subject of robots has been an integral component of Japan’s pop culture industry as represented by a variety of media including toys, manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animation). .

Both exhibits will be on display through Sept. 13. Details: www.morikami.org.