Accompanying Maelstrom at its conclusion is the Spirit of Norway film. Both the ride and the film are under 10 minutes, so it is not a long experience. And if you’ve seen the film once since the attraction opened, it hasn’t changed. You can bypass it, but I say watch it again; maybe you missed something.
The buffet here is very popular, so ADRs are essential. The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
hot and cold (koldtbord
) buffet is the home of Princess Storybook Dining
. Akershus is a replicated castle building from Oslo, and has American food for breakfast and authentic Norwegian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The banquet hall is very decorative and intended to be regal since this is where the Disney Princesses will make their rounds from table to table for autographs, pictures and hugs. Among the characters that may be found here are Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and Ariel. Please make reservations in advance, even 180 days prior to your vacation, by calling (407) WDW-DINE. More on Character Dining from Only WDWorld
Akershus in Norway © Disney
You must download the menus to read about rotating lunch entrees such as Akershus Salmon Burger, Traditional Kjottkake (Ground Beef and Pork Dumplings served with Mashed Potatoes, seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce) and Grilled Venison Sausage Sandwich. Then rotating dinner items include Mustard-glazed Seared Salmon, Citrus-marinated Mahi Mahi plus many lunch items repeated.
For me the native wines are very attractive, but for Mary Ann and I, it’s all about the desserts. You can have Sweet and Savory Chocolate Mousse, Traditional Rice Cream topped with Strawberry Sauce, Flaky Puff Pastry filled with Mascarpone Mousse topped with fresh Berries; or take a walk over to the bakery, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.
I’ve linked the menus here: The family style breakfast
from AllEars.Net: and the decorative Lunch
menus from Disney. The latter are Acrobat pdf files you can download and print . Children's menu choices include pizza, pasta, hot dogs and grilled chicken. A mix of family style, buffet but also a la cart items.
As I said, there is the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
, a wonderful bakery for fresh baked native pastries. And for souvenir shopping, there is The Puffin's Roost
with Norwegian books, fragrances, candy, hand-knit woolens, trolls, glass, porcelain, pewter, toys and more. The Disney Food Blog
posted a story earlier this year about the Kafe. And here’s a Disney Food Blog link to the recipe for the Kafe’s School Bread
The Stave Church
, with statues, paintings and artifacts is styled after Gol Church of Hallingdal, built around 1250 A.D. Yes, you can go in. But I’ve seen people stand outside just looking at this wonderful structure, but then move on instead of going in. Here you will find the "Vikings: Conquerors of the Seas," a collection of authentic Norse weapons and artifacts. Here is some more information from OnlyWDWorld
Stave Church at Norway Pavilion © Disney
For more information, here are a couple of additional web links that provide a deeper description of the Norway Pavilion and it’s components. First there is AllEars.Net
and then DIS – WDWInfo
You might remember Martins Videos
, one of my recommended sites for great recordings and stories of WDW attractions. He presents a film that takes you around the entire exhibit and will give you a good idea of what’s available.
Norway at Epcot
from Martins Videos
Concept and construction, pavilion walk thru, Maelstrom (multi camera video and remastered audio) and full `The Spirit of Norway` film with enhanced audio.
Nyt opplevelsen av et besøk til Norge.