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AT A GLANCE...
- Character Spot
- Club Cool
- Journey into
- Mission: Space
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The Seas w/Nemo & Friends
- The Land
- -- Soarin' Around the World Debuts 2016
- Universe of Energy
- Phineas & Ferb:
- Kidcot Fun Spots
- -- Frozen Ever After Opening 2016
- American Adventure
- United Kingdom
- Eat to the Beat Concerts
- Garden Rocks Concerts
Reflections of Earth
- IllumiNations Boat
- Innoventions Fountains
- Live Entertainment
- -- American Music Machine
- -- Ribab Fusion, Morocco
- -- Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro
- -- Quickstep, UK
- -- British Revolution, UK
- -- The JAMMitors
- Sounds Like Summer Concert Series
- Chocolate Around the
- Mission: Space - To Boldly
Go Where I Will Never Go Again
- Re-Discovering Future World
- Shopping Around the World
- Spaceship Earth: Re-Imagineering an Icon
OTHER WALT DISNEY WORLD
OTHER DISNEY THEME
Frozen Ever After Video Update
Frozen Ever After attraction replaces the Maelstrom and opens in 2016. This attraction will transport guests for the "Winter in Summer" celebration. According to Portfolio Creative Executive Kathy Mangum, the attraction’s project team is currently partnering with many of the talented individuals at Walt Disney Animation who helped bring the original “Frozen” film to life, as well as award-winning composers Bobby and Kristen-Anderson Lopez.
The Royal Summerhus (a cabin) will be the home for Anna and Elsa for meet and greets in 2016.
The Stave Church now houses an exhibit called "Creating the World of Frozen."
Stave Church - A replica of the Gol Stave church found in the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway. Many folks see the Stave Church, but not everyone realizes you can walk inside! When you go inside it has The Stave Church is totally separated from the main building. It's also very cool inside, making it a good break from the Florida sun and heat. The Stave Church now contains an exhibit called "Creating the World of Frozen". Members of the production team traveld to Norway to study everything they could to research for the movie.
A visit to Norway (located between Mexico and China) will put you
right into Scandinavia as you enter the picturesque town square designed
to represent the Norwegian towns and cities of Bergen, Oslo, Alesund and
This 58,000 square foot pavilion features Restaurant Akershus with all day Princess dining, a pastry shop, an outdoor deli counter, a replica Stave Church with an exhibit "Creating the World of Frozen".
Norway was added to World Showcase in 1988.
Princess Storybook Dining - dine in the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast, lunch or dinner with Disney's Princesses: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, and Mulan. Occassionaly, Ariel will don her ball gown and circulate around the restaurant. Not all princesses/leading ladies appear at each meal, generally there are 4-5. VIDEO REVIEW
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe - for a great pastry, stop in here for breakfast or dessert or just a treat in the middle of your day. Desserts include Sweet Pretzels and Rice Cream, a wonderful, rich rice pudding with strawberry topping!
For more information on Epcot Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares WDW Entertainment Website.
Check out the statue of World Class Runner Greta Waitz on the grounds of the Norway Pavilion.
See if you can identify the four Norwegian architectural styles (explained in Interesting Facts).
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - Norway is home to the woodlands with wildflowers and a sometimes funny Troll Topiary!
Holidays from Around the World features storytellers in each country. At Norway, meet storyteller Sigrid who tells you about the mischievous Christmas Gnome, Julenissen.
Read "Ice Dreams and Rice Creams" - An ALL EARS® Special Review of the Norway Pavilion at Epcot!
"We were the first people through Norway when the World Showcase opened one day and my 7 year old was greeted by 10 or so Norwegians. He was pronounced "Viking of the Day" and given a hat and certificate. It was a real treat for him!" (AMBAMVT)
Each of the World Showcase countries has a special "KIDCOT" area that provides an opportunity for your child to interact with a native of the country you are visiting.
Epcot Passports are great fun for kids as they have them stamped at each pavilion around World Showcase.
The Puffin's Roost features hand-knit woolens, trolls, glass, porcelain, pewter, and toys. There is also a store filled with merchandise related to Frozen!
Four uniquely Norwegian architectural styles can be seen here. Setesdal style, with grassy roofs and thick logs, projects a rough woods look in The Puffin's Roost and Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. Bergen style, captured here in the Fjording Shop, is marked by gabled windows on close-set wooden buildings. Oslo style is marked by the surrounding walls of the Akershus Castle. Alesund style is typified by the white stucco and stone-trimmed information building.
The Restaurant Akershus has the same name as the famous 14th century castle which stands in Oslo’s harbor and is of the same stone construction.
A simple picturesque landscape is the key to Norway's design which uses lacy, woodsy style, with architectural elements such as stone, wood and tile. The addition of natural elements, such as waterfalls, helps create an authentic feeling.
The Norwegians built the first Stave Churches, or Stavkirke, around the year 1050. When St. Olaf brought Christianity to Norway, the Norwegians turned to the craft they knew best, woodworking, to build their new churches. They blended Christian symbols with Viking images to create these impressive buildings. note the wooden dragon heads decorating the eaves. Other European countries built wooden churches, but only Norway's are still standing. Of the 1,000 Norwegian Stave Churches built in the Middle Ages, 28 survive today.
"Norway has its own kind of Santa Claus - Nissen has existed in Norwegian folklore throughout the ages. He was one of the "little people". The barn nisse toiled on the farm from morning till night. He was hard working and loyal when the farmer treated him well, but vengeful if anyone insulted him. The same goes for the wood nisse, the house nisse, the church nisse, yes, even the ship's nisse. Each had his own function. And so who is this Julenissen - the Norwegian term for Santa Claus? Today many believe he is the barn nisse." (Excerpt from VisitNorway.com)
The Maelstrom attraction was closed October, 2014 to make way for a Frozen themed attraction. Leave present day Norway to journey back in time to the Norway of old aboard dragon-headed 16 passenger boats. Travel to a 10th century Viking Village and enter the shadows of a mythical Norwegian forest populated by trolls. One of the creatures cast a spell on the boat and you suddenly are traveling backwards into the rapids of the Jutenheimen mountain country. Just as you are about to topple backwards over the waterfall, the boat moves forward to a rocky passageway in the North Sea where you find yourself in an ocean storm. Soon, you enter the calm fishing village where your boat docks. A door will open into the theater. There is a wide-screen movie that takes you on a tour of Norway and introduces you to its people.
At one time, a great play area for kids was located at Norway - a huge Viking ship. Disney replaced the Viking Ship play area with a flower garden but some of the remains of the ship where kept in remembrance.