Norway (Epcot)

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Norway pavilion
Epcot Norway logo.svg
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Epcot
Area World Showcase
Coordinates 28°22′14″N 81°32′47″W / 28.37056°N 81.54639°W / 28.37056; -81.54639Coordinates: 28°22′14″N 81°32′47″W / 28.37056°N 81.54639°W / 28.37056; -81.54639
Status Operating
Soft opening date May 6, 1988
Opening date June 3, 1988
General statistics
Attraction type Themed Pavilion
Theme Norwegian Village

The Norway pavilion is part of the World Showcase within Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Its location is between the Mexico and China pavilions.

Layout[edit]

The 58,000-square-foot (5,400 m2) Norway pavilion is designed to look like a Norwegian village. The village includes a detailed Stave church, and the exterior of its main table-service restaurant, Restaurant Akershus, resembles its namesake in Oslo. The exhibit showcases 4 styles of Norwegian architecture: Setesdal-style, Bergen-style, Oslo-style and Ålesund-style.

Much of the pavilion is taken up by interconnected shops. These shops are decorated with large wooden trolls and sell assorted Norwegian goods, including clothing, candy, and statuettes of Norse gods and trolls. The courtyard of the pavilion contains the entrance to Maelstrom, a boat ride into Norway's past and present. Kringla Bakeri og Kafé is a bakery, featuring assorted Norwegian pastries, such as cream horns and open-faced salmon sandwiches. The courtyard contains the entrance to Restaurant Akershus, featuring a hot and cold buffet and "Princess Storybook Dining."

One former exhibit was a full-scale Viking ship, inspired by the famous Oseberg ship. Formerly a children's play area, the structure was removed in December 2008.

History[edit]

The Norway pavilion is the most recent nation to be added to World Showcase. It opened on May 6, 1988, however it was not given its official opening until a month later. In June 1988, the grand opening was dedicated by Harald V of Norway (then Crown Prince) in a ceremony that was broadcast live to Norway. The original idea was to create a Nordic Pavilion that would combine elements from various countries into one exhibit. Three countries were consulted, but it finally ended up with investors from Norway raising the US$30 million required to create an exclusive national pavilion. Disney contributed the other one-third of the construction cost. In 1992, the investors sold their stake to Disney. Since nearly as many people visit Epcot as live in Norway, the government felt it still was a good promotional tool for their tourism industry. The federal government continued to contribute US$200,000 annually for five years to help fund the exhibit. Renewed in 1997 for a further 5 years, the government stopped payments in 2002, against the recommendations from their American embassy.[1]

Attractions and services[edit]

Attractions:

  • Maelstrom (July 5, 1988 - October 5, 2014)
  • Agent P World Showcase Adventure (June 23, 2012 - present)
  • Frozen-themed attraction (future attraction to replace Maelstrom, scheduled to open in early 2016)[2]

Dining:

  • Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Disney Princess Character Dining)

Shopping:

  • The Puffin's Roost

Entertainment:

Trivia[edit]

  • The pavilion is staffed by 150 young Norwegian men and women, who wear a copy of the traditional national costume the bunad. Cast members sign a contract for 12 months.
  • While performing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the landmark of every country around World Showcase is illuminated. However, even though the Norwegian Stave church is Norway's landmark, it is one of two landmarks to not light up during the show. This is because Norway is situated directly across the lagoon from the Morocco pavilion. For religious reasons, the Moroccan landmark is prohibited from having any kind of lighting attached, so in order to keep symmetry, the Norwegian landmark does not light up either.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norway Pavilion History
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (September 12, 2014). "Disney Adding ‘Frozen’ Attraction at Epcot". Variety. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 

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