This page is about the event. For the score piece, see The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise).

The Great Thaw was a magically-induced shift in climatic conditions that marked the end of Elsa's winter through the restoration of summer to Arendelle.


During Elsa's winter, weather conditions reached their peak intensity after the queen was brought back to the kingdom following the assault on her ice palace. While Elsa was imprisoned in the dungeon, her growing fear led to the formation of a massive blizzard that generated whiteout conditions. However, the storm came to an abrupt stop after Hans deceived Elsa with news of her sister's death. While Elsa despaired over her sister's death, Hans prepared to strike her down, but Anna blocked the blow, simultaneously succumbing to the curse on her heart by freezing into solid ice.

An act of true love

Anna thaws out

With her sister's sacrifice, Elsa realized that love was the key to controlling her powers.

Unbeknownst to Elsa, Anna soon began to thaw out, starting from her heart and then through to the rest of her body. Olaf, Sven and Kristoff all soon realized, and gasped with excitement. Anna then took in a gasp of air, and Elsa finally became aware that he sister was alive and well. The two hugged, and after Elsa had exclaimed that Anna had sacrificed herself for her, Anna stated that it was because she loved her sister. With a moment of realization, Olaf was able to tell the sisters that, "an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart".

Arendelle thaws out

The Great Thaw

Elsa begins to thaw out Arendelle from the winter.

Understanding that love was the key to controlling her powers, Elsa held out her arms and began to undo the winter spell. The ice surrounding them began to lift off the surface of the water and into the air; a sunken ship rose from beneath them. The dignitaries stood in amazement, and the citizens came from out of their homes to witness the spectacle unfold. The snow continued to rise from Arendelle, and gathered up into a large pristine snowflake, and with a gesture of her arms Elsa dissipated it across the sky.


Elsa and Anna stood on the ship, very pleased that the winter was over. Olaf began to melt, prompting Elsa to give him his own personal flurry to keep him cool. As Hans got to his feet, Anna went over to confront him; after a brief exchange of words, Anna punched him off the deck and into the water below. Anna went back over to her sister, and the two embraced, finally glad to have found each other again. Elsa resumed her duties as queen, and the citizens came to love her for who she was in no time at all.

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