All of Epcot’s World Showcase pavilions are wonderful, and transport you to a different place. But I truly have a special place in my heart for the Norway pavilion. Maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the architecture, or maybe it’s the fact that I am Scandinavian! Whatever the case, Norway is a great pavilion, and even without a major attraction (RIP Maelstrom), I think every guest should spend some quality time exploring it. Here are seven things to see, do, and taste in the Norway pavilion!
7. Stave Church Gallery: The Stave Church building is based on the real life Stave Church, built in 1212, in Norway. Inside, you’ll find pieces of Norway’s history and culture that inspired the filmmakers of Frozen. You’ll learn about how the landscape, clothing, and designs of the country made their way onto the silver screen. Even your littlest Frozen fan will learn something, and enjoy the exhibit!
6. Frozen: If you have little girls, a stop in the Norway pavilion is a must. While Anna and Elsa have moved their meet and greet to the Magic Kingdom, you’ll still find everything to suit your Frozen fantasy needs. Brace yourself, as this tide will only rise as the new Frozen attraction makes its way into World Showcase.
5. Giant Troll: You cannot miss the giant troll statue in Puffin’s Roost. This guy makes for a great photo-op. Treat him like a measuring stick– every vacation, take a picture of your kids posing in front of the troll, and since he doesn’t change, you’ll be able to watch your children grow up through the photos! You could do the same thing with the Viking statue at the front of the pavilion, too.
4. Akershus: This is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World. Akershus serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re squeamish about the Norwegian food (although I find it delicious!), then opt for a breakfast here, since you’ll only find the Scandinavian dishes at lunch and dinner. Akershus participates in the Disney Dining Plan as a one credit table service meal. This is an amazing value because it includes not just a meal, but a princess encounter as well! Join your favorite princesses in a medieval style castle and let the fantasy begin!
3. Shopping: While you’re in Puffin’s Roost to check out the troll statue, look around at all the cool stuff! If you like trolls, you’ll find lots of troll merchandise, like tshirts, statuettes, and coffee mugs. Or, you can find imported fragrances, and sweet treats from all over Scandinavia. And, if you’re in the market for a winter coat, (because, sure, why not, it’s only Florida!) then you can find some really high quality ones here.
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2. Outdoor Patio Seating: Kringla Bakeri has outdoor seating, which I love. I enjoy watching the people (and ducks!) wander past while I snack. And I absolutely love sitting outside on a warm winter day, knowing that my friends back home are freezing! The patio is covered so you can enjoy a break during the rain or heat. Plus, the roof made of earth, with grass growing on top! How cool is that?
1. Kringla Bakeri og Kafe: Get a taste for Norwegian culture with a selection of snacks from Kringla. Try the open faced salmon and egg sandwich, lefse flatbread, or any of the Norwegian pastries. The School Bread, a pastry filled with vanilla cream and topped with coconut, has a cult following, similar to the Dole Whips. My personal favorite is the cream puff with fresh berries. And in true Scandinavian style, top off your lunch or snack with a coffee!
Bonus Reason: If you’re travelling during the holiday season, be sure to experience Holidays Around the World at Epcot. Besides enjoying the festive decorations and seasonal treats, listen to the performers tell about the various holiday traditions around the world. At Norway, you’ll hear Sigrid tell youngsters about the Christmas Gnome, Julenissen. Check Times Guides for exact performance times.
What is your favorite way to spend time in the Norway pavilion? Did I miss your favorite? Let me know what it is!