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Friday, January 12, 2018

Showcasing the World: Norway

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Next door to the Mexico Pavilion is the Norway Pavilion.  The Norwegian village features a Stave church, wooden trolls, and, of course...Frozen.  This pavilion was the most recent addition to World Showcase as it opened in June of 1988.  During the opening of the pavilion, the then Crown Prince of Norway dedicated the pavilion in a ceremony that was broadcast live in Norway.

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Until it's untimely demise in 2014, Maelstrom was the main attraction in the Norway Pavilion.  Guests boarded a viking boat that lead them on a journey through the Norwegian history.  Trolls, polar bears, and oil rigs helped tell the rich history of Norway.  At the end of the ride, guests were dropped off at a small Norwegian village where a theater was located that played a 5-minute tourism film titled "The Spirit of Norway."

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Currently, the main attraction at the Norway Pavilion - and arguably in all of Epcot - is Frozen Ever After.  The new attraction honors the day that Anna saved Elsa through an act of true love in what Elsa has called the Official Summer Snow Day.  In the queue, guests see posters for the upcoming event as they wander through Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna.  As guests board their boat, they are transported into the world of Arendelle.  The popular songs from the hit movie are also featured in this family friendly attraction.

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Arendelle's favorite residents are always ready for a meet-and-greet at their Royal Sommerhus.

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The Stave Church Gallery features an exhibit on Norwegian culture that inspired Frozen.

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The Kringla Bakeri og Kafe features savory traditional Norwegian items such as sweet pretzels, cream-filled pastries, flatbread, open-faced sandwiches, and Viking coffee.

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Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a buffet-style feast that is held to honor Storybook Princesses.  Guests dine in a medieval castle as Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel mingle about them.

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The Puffiin's Roost is home to a giant troll as well as Norwegian imports such as fragrances, foods, and fleece jackets.

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Located just outside the Royal Sommerhus, The Wandering Reindeer is a countryside log shop that features a wide variety of Frozen themed merchandise.

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Robyn Fleenor is a contributing writer for The Mouse Knows Best Podcast. She is an avid Disney fanatic and would rather be at Walt Disney World eating glazed almonds than anything else.  When she isn't working to pay for her next Disney vacation, she likes to binge watch TV shows and fall in love with fictional characters. She can be found tweeting at @rahrah6263. 

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