- Americans Hate Tingle: In stark contrast to the film that came right afterwards, Mexican audiences in general did not care for this short. The fact that its length was meant for television and not as an opener for a feature-length film is cited as the main reasonnote . After a whole bunch of jokes and memes of the "I think there's a film about Día de los Muertos in Mexico after this film about Christmas in Norway" variety, most Mexican movie theaters downright removed the short from their showings of Coco, a choice celebrated by most...except for those who actually wanted to see the short. (The short then suffered the same fate in the United States and Canada.)
- Author's Saving Throw: Perhaps in response to criticism of the Frozen attraction shoved into Epcot's Norway Pavilion, it's implied that Arendelle is located in Norway rather than being a straight-up Fantasy Counterpart Culture.
- Awesome Music: With the release of all four songs online, "When We're Together" and "Ring In the Season" have been particularly well-received, particularly compared to the relatively lukewarm reception of "Making Today a Perfect Day," the song featured in Frozen Fever. Ironically the songs in this short were not written by the Lopezes (who wrote the songs for Frozen and Frozen Fever), probably because they were working on the songs for Coco at the time.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Olaf getting a sugar rush on a candy cane doesn't seem as funny anymore after Olaf's Japanese voice actor, Pierre Taki, was arrested for cocaine abuse. This is especially so given that drug abuse is basically a Career Killer for Japanese actors.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While most countries despised the short, it was well-received in South Africa note and in the United Kingdom note .
- Incest Yay Shipping: "When We're Together", the duet sung by Elsa and Anna, is indistinguishable from a love song. Also, throughout the short Olaf is treated as Anna's and Elsa's mutual child, including the three holding hands and ringing the New Year's bell together.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Like the previous Frozen short, there are many people who went to see Coco solely because this short played before it, especially in countries like Japan and South Korea, where Frozen remains wildly popular.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: Any merit the film may have had otherwise has since been overshadowed by the controversy that ensued as a result of airing the full 21-minute short right before Coco.
- Promoted Fangirl: Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, the songwriters for this short, grew up loving Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and The Lion King, which influenced them to become songwriters.
- Sequelitis: Putting aside all of the controversy involving the special being shown ahead of Coco, the special is often accused of having inferior writing, songs, and dialogue to the original film.
- Viewer Species Confusion: Many viewers believe that Sir Jorgenbjorgen is a plush penguin. Given his coloring, as well as the setting, he's more likely a plush puffin.
YMMV / Olaf's Frozen Adventure