The Disney’s Norway Pavilion at Epcot has made some changes in the past few years with the removal of Maelstrom. The area still takes you inside of a Norwegian village, but now you are able to also go inside the world of Frozen. Since Disney Animation Studios did a lot of extensive research into Norwegian culture, they are pretty much one in the same. Take some time during your Walt World Vacation to experience the things to do, see, and eat at Disney’s Norway Pavilion with these helpful tips.
Disney’s Norway Pavilion
Unlike the other World Showcase countries, Norway opens when Epcot opens to accommodate the number of people who want to experience Frozen Ever after. When you enter the World Showcase Norway is on the left-hand side and is located between Mexico and Germany.
Disney’s Norway Pavilion Attractions
Frozen Ever After Ride. Replacing the Maelstrom ride is the Frozen Ever After Adventure Ride. It uses the same track but is more visually appealing than Maelstrom was. This ride requires either a Fastpass+ or trying to get on the ride first thing in the morning. The queue is fun to go through if you have to wait, with quite a few photo opportunities.
There is a ride photo so you might want to consider getting Memory Maker.
Additional Tip for Plus-Sized People: From one plus-sized princess to another, this ride is very fluffy friendly. The boats have bench seats.
Meet Anna and Elsa. Anna and Elsa meet guests in the Royal Sommerhaus. The house is modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin. You see each sister separately. A Photopass photographer is available to capture the moment.
Interact with a Viking. Outside of the Frozen Ever After ride you have the chance to encounter a Viking. They provide a lot of comic relief and are fun to watch. While a Photopass photographer is not available to capture your experience with the Vikings, they like to take selfies. Though, staying true to character, the phone somewhat scares them, lol.
Stave Church Gallery. The small gallery changes often and most recently showed “Norsk Kultur: Inspiration for Disney ‘Frozen'”. That displayed closed March 2018 and the new display is “Gods of the Vikings”. This new exhibit will give guests the opportunity to learn more about the popular Viking gods Thor, Odin, Freyja and Loki through displays of authentic Viking artifacts, many of which have been sourced through the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)’s Department of Archaeology and Cultural History. This really doesn’t interest little kids much but is a nice break from the heat. Takes maybe 10-15 minutes to walk through and appreciate the exhibit.
Disney’s Norway Pavilion Dining
Akershus. If you want to dine with a princess without the hefty price tag that Cinderella Royal Table includes, then Akershus is your best choice! Akershus features a traditional all you care to eat breakfast an a la carte lunch and dinner that includes a salad bar. This dining experience is a table service restaurant and you should try to book as soon as possible.
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. This sweet shop is the best place to find a sweet treat. The School bread is the best in my opinion.
Disney’s Norway Shopping
The Wandering Reindeer. If you are looking for a place that sells all things Frozen, the Wandering Reindeer gift shop is where you want to go.
What is your favorite part of the Norway Pavilion? Let me know in the comments!