If you are afraid of Trolls and Vikings then maybe you better not come with me on this walk. Because today we're going to beautiful Norway.
To me the Norway pavilion is one of many contrasts. On one hand you can find all sorts of Troll like creatures there and while at the same time you see so many beautiful little Princesses walking all about. Yes, Norway is a special place and like with the other pavilions we've visited together, we will take the time to not only enjoy the beauty of the pavilion but learn a little bit about Norway and it's history. So, let's start our walk!
The center of the pavilion is a town square designed to represent the Norwegian towns and cities of Bergen, Oslo, Alesund and Setesdahl.
Looking into Norway from the main sidewalk. Because of the popularity of the restaurant it always looks very crowded and congested.
The first building on the left hand side of the pavilion is the Stave Church. This building is a replica of the Gol Stave church found in the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway. Have you ever gone inside or just walked by like so many people do? Well, today we're going in.
This will give you some information about the history of the Stave Church.
Inside the church you will find some very interesting information about the history of Norway. This is actually a small museum where in a short time you can learn about Norway's past. You'll also find there statues of three historic Norwegians: Olaf II, Erik the Red and Rognvald, a Viking raider and a brief story about each of them.
The next building is the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. Now if you haven't been inside here before you're in for a treat. This little shop is filled with some of the most delicious deserts in Epcot. It it also the favorite of my wife, Julie. Just about every time we go into Epcot she stops here and gets one of their strawberry waffles. She loves them! I usually get a Carlsberg and sit and watch her eat. It's a great place to stop and take a break.
Look at all that great food!
Here's where you can sit and enjoy the goodies that you just bought.
You can purchase some really nice perfumes and colognes in here.
The Kidcot station is located inside the Puffin's Roost shop.
Here's where you can buy those Viking horns that you've always wanted.
A Christmas tree? Yup, you can buy Christmas items year round.
That's one big Troll! Go ahead, but on that Viking helmet, grab a sword and shield and we'll take your picture.
Some more Troll items.
I love the part of the shop with all those beautiful sweaters and jackets. It almost makes me wish I was back living in Massachusetts just so I could wear them. Unfortunately living year round in Florida I don't have much need for such heavy items. However, they are really fantastic!
Here you can find some really nice Norwegian accessories to go along with the sweater and jacket that you just purchased.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is one of the most popular restaurants in all of WDW. Why? Well, because it's a Princess Storybook Dining location. Little Princesses, along with their Mom's and Dad's, can have breakfast, lunch or dinner with their favorite Princess. I do love to watch all the little ones as the wait for their names to be called.
I really couldn't get inside the restaurant to get a good pictures because of all the activity. This is the best I could do.
If you want to learn a little about Norway and be entertained at the same time then Maelstrom is not to be missed. Maelstrom is a boat ride that takes you to a Viking Village, a mythical Norwegian forest populated by Trolls and out to the North Sea. But along the way there's danger, so beware when the boat goes backwards! You don't want to go over that waterfall!
I haven't seen any boats fall down that waterfall yet, but they do come close!
This is the Maelstom queue. Usually it's very full.
That dragon headed boat is pretty neat, huh?
The ride ends at this beautiful Norwegian fishing village. Here you wait for the doors to open into the theater.
Here you can watch a wide screen movie about Norway. It's a really good movie and a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the cool air on a hot summers day.
This plaque is on the wall as you leave the theater. It reads: "The Norway Showcase was inaugurated on the third of June, 1988, at Epcot Center, in the presence of Their Highnesses, Crown Prince Harald and Princess Sonja."
More views of the simple Norwegian architecture that is to me, so inviting and relaxing.
This is the beer and wine kiosk that's out on the main sidewalk. Yes, I do admit to ordering a Carlsberg or two from this stand.
This is the building that houses the Restaurant Akershus. The building is modeled after a 14th century Oslo castle.
Sadly, it's time to leave Norway.
And on to China; our next tour.
Before we leave a couple of notes. First of all the Viking ship that was on the back side of the shops has been taken down. I know at one time children were allowed to play on the ship, but not recently. Not sure why it was taken down, but I am disappointed. They ship was a wonderful addition to the pavilion. Also, the Spelmanns Gledje, a Norwegian folk music band rarely plays anymore. I went to Guest Services to ask about them and not one of the CM's knew when and if they would perform. And, I must note one omission in this walk. My picture of the Greta Waitz statue didn't come out. However, the statue is located on the Mexico side of the Stave Church.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this walk as much as I did and that you learned a little something about this beautiful country. As usual it was great having you walk with me. We're going to China next, so rest up and get yourself ready.
Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Norway pavilion or what your memories are of previous visits. I love to get comments.
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