EPCOT Norway Pavilion

The EPCOT Norway Pavilion is home to a splash of Norwegian culture, some pretty good eats, and a whole lot of Frozen. There’s a ride, gift shop, and meet-and-greet, all in honor of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the gang. The Princess Storybook (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) is hosted at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and is very popular (but at this time, does not feature Anna and Elsa, so beware).

The pavilion is designed to look like a village in Norway. It includes a replica of a church, called the Stave church. There used to be a full-scale Viking ship, but it was removed years ago.

The Ride

Frozen Ever After is the ride here and replaces the original attraction, Maelstrom. It’s a boat ride for all ages that packs the right amount of thrills and music into a family friendly adventure.

The Food

There is one sit-down restaurant and one great snack food joint in Norway. The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is home of the daily Princess Character breakfast, lunch and dinner. This used to be a breakfast-only event, but it was incredibly popular, and lunch and dinner were added.

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is a neat snack food joint. A Kringla is a round (like a pretzel) Norwegian pastry.

Fun Facts

The pavilion is staffed by 130 people from Norway. They sign contracts for between 6 to 12 months.

For the Kids

There are a couple of areas in Norway to help keep the attention of younger kids. There is a Kidcot station where kids under 10 can create a souvenir they can take home. (All the resources are provided.)

History

This is the newest pavilion in EPCOT. It was opened in 1988. Six years after the park opened.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Frozen Ever After is a nice ride, but if we need to cut something out of our EPCOT plan, we skip this one. The Princess Storybook Character meals at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall will create memories that will last forever.