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Norway Pavilion

An attraction at the Epcot Center.

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Norway at Disney World is history, an authentic menu to enjoy and simply a very nice visit.

  • May 20, 2010
Rating:
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Merħba għall Norveġja, l-art ta 'l-Vikingi.

Welcome to Norway, the home of the real discoverer’s of the Americas, by the Viking son of Eric the Red, Leif Ericsson, nearly a half a millennium before Christopher Columbus. OK, before I start a war of words with my Italian friends, let’s move on to the real reason for this article, my Mid-Week Special, a description of Norway in the World Showcase at Epcot.

Norway © Disney

Just traverse the bridge between Future World and World Showcase, take a left and just up the road between Mexico and China we discover Norway. [And remember kids, when you’re in geography class don’t refer to a Disney map for your test answers.] Take a pathway into Den pittoreske landsbyen og bytorget i Norge. [I sure hope I got these translations correct in Google Translate).


The culture, history and art the Scandinavian people is very evident here. There are much art and particularly sculpture not to mention the authentic architectural building design. There is music and food and gifts and a lot of trolls of all sizes and shapes. And although Norway is a more recent addition to the Epcot World Showcase in 1988, it hasn’t changed much at all; but is still a beautiful location that we truly love to partake in.

So what do we have here to see and do? The most action is in the Maelstrom, a dark ride something akin to Pirates of the Caribbean in its design; but actually a little more exciting because you move backwards for a while and drop just a bit. But this is anything but a thrill ride so the entire family can participate. I’m told that little kids might be a fearful of the trolls that populate the darker areas of this boat ride, but I'm not sure of that; and this is not one of these rides your teens will seek out, but I’ve always enjoyed it.


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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  and Dinner 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


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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 on Vimeo.
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.

Bruce Brodsky
A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World

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More Norway Pavilion reviews
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
Two things that I have to do everytime I go to the Norway Pavilion: Malestrom and School Bread!
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
The Norway ride is one of the best in Epcot, complete with witches, vikings, trolls and adventures on the high seas!
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Corporate Description: Norway Pavilion is a cultural area within Epcot theme park where Guests of all ages can experience the character and atmosphere of Norway.Welcome to the Age of the Vikings! Enjoy the simple picturesque landscape of this mini Scandinavian village square with its stone and wood elements and authentic Norwegian architectural style. Discover ancient Norse art. Dance to live music. Dine on authentic Norwegian dishes and visit shops filled with wonderful Norwegian wares. But watch out for the trolls!Attractions: Ride the Maelstrom adventure cruise, where the spirit of adventure reigns!Dining: Dine inside a castle at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, including Princess Storybook Dining, and delight in fresh baked goods and coffee at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.Entertainment: Explore the exhibit "Vikings: Conquerors of the Seas," a collection of authentic Norse weapons and artifacts, at the gallery inside the Stave Church.Shopping: Discover Norwegian books, fragrances, candy, hand-knit woolens, trolls, glass, porcelain, pewter, toys and more! (Source:http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot...ctions/norway-pavilion/)
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