6) The Maelstrom – EPCOT, 1988 – 2014
The Maelstrom was a dark ride aboard a Norwegian Viking vessel inside the Norway pavilion at EPCOT on the World Showcase. Its maiden voyage took place in 1988—the same year the Norway pavilion opened at EPCOT. Guests took their final voyage on the Maelstrom attraction in 2014 when the attraction was closed to make way for a new Frozen-themed boat ride. The Maelstrom gave Guests a look at Norwegian mythology as the vessels took them on a journey through an enchanted swamp and down a 28-foot high waterfall. At the bottom of the waterfall, Guests found themselves on the North Sea, dangerously close to an oil rig. Guests then disembarked in a Norwegian harbor before entering a screening room where a short film was shown about Norway.
Today, Guests can experience Frozen Ever After, which is similar to the Maelstrom attraction in several ways. The Frozen-inspired journey takes place aboard a Norwegian vessel and makes use of the same track that was in place in the previous attraction. (Photo credit: Dad’s Guide to WDW)