A brand new gallery called Norsk Kultur (meaning Norwegian Culture) has officially opened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Norsk Kultur was created in conjunction with the opening of the Disney movie Frozen. It can be found inside the Stave Church that’s located in the front part of the pavilion.
The artifacts found in the exhibit are on loan from the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, which is located in Decorah, Iowa. Twenty-one artifacts have been included in the new gallery, and they will be at Epcot for three years, according to an article in the Decorah Newspapers.
Items that can be found in the exhibit include:
an authentic hand-made bunad, the traditional costume of Norway
a hardanger fiddle, as well as other handmade instruments
hand-carved artisan furniture, including a carved wooden chair called a kubbestol
a small loom
a men’s Southern Sami outfit
examples of rosemaling (traditional Norse decorative painting)
November 17 to 23, 2013, ended up being a great week for low crowds at Walt Disney World. Our Crowd Calendar predicted low crowds all week with the exception of Saturday. In fact, wait times came in even lower than our predictions, including on Saturday. Although our predictions hit the mark at the park level for some days, in general we overshot by one index level. If you used our calendar and selected last week for your trip to Disney World, you experienced some of the lowest wait times of the year.
I had the recent pleasure of enjoying a short ‘racecation’ during the 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Port Orleans French Quarter, one of Walt Disney World’s moderate resorts. It was a fantastic stay – I enjoyed everything, from the beignets at the bakery to the easy bus transportation, but what stood out to me as a definite winner were the running paths!
I had only stayed at Port Orleans once before – and this was long before my running days, so although I had my handy map (and was given a physical copy at check-in). I was just a little hesitant, as I have a tendency to get lost. My fears were cast aside rather quickly, however, as I set out on a pre-run walk around property to capture images of landmarks and waypoints to guide my run the following morning.
Let’s get running!
The best part about this run is that you don’t need to find an exact location to begin your run or jog – you can set off from wherever you are. In my case, I was staying in Building 3 of the French Quarter, and so meandered east to the river-side “Carriage Path” to begin.
“Streets” are marked.
On the French Quarter side of the resort, the walkways between buildings and attractions (such as the pool and laundry facilities) are clearly marked in gridded corridors, as if you are actually in a small city, making it very easy to navigate. This set-up allows for easy “add-ons” to your mileage in even, small lines and boxes…and another bonus? The area is almost completely shaded by lovely trees and complemented by quiet fountains and sitting areas. I found it to be very peaceful – both in my afternoon walk and my late morning run. Read the rest of this entry »
I decided to head over to the Magic Kingdom this afternoon to see the Christmas decorations in the lovely, Florida sunshine! It has been very gray and rainy lately. Today was the first day with perfect blue skies, so it was worth running over, even though the park closed early tonight for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This candy cane is a treat location icon, new for 2013
This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at the Top Six Reasons We Loved the 2013 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP). Recently, Kristina Murphy wrote a blog answering the question “Is MVMCP worth it?” Personally, I think the Disney hard ticket parties are the best way to experience the Magic Kingdom, especially if you take advantage of the fact that they will let you into the park as early as 4PM on party nights (the party official runs from 7PM-midnight). I think the parades are better, the fireworks are better, the characters you can meet are rarer, the lines for the attractions are generally much lower, and the overall atmosphere just feels special.
Regardless of whether you think the parties are worth the cost or not, there is no debate that they bring something unique to the table compared to an average day at the park. Today we’re going to look at what we enjoyed from this year’s MVMCP…
(Remember, you can click on any picture to see a full size version)
I opened my mailbox today and was surprised to find a box from Disney. This was a new welcome mailer related to my upcoming vacation in January. For those of you keeping score, the box arrived on November 20, 2013,for a trip that starts January 9, 2014.
The sturdy presentation box is slightly larger than a VHS tape and contains a welcome brochure, as well as fun flash drive shaped like the MyMagic+ logo. The flash drive contains two two-minute long videos featuring Incredibles character Edna Mode. In video one, Edna describes MagicBands, and in video two she shows you how to use My Disney Experience. This welcome box appears to be an attempt to educate guests about the new technology being used in the parks and resorts. I’ve ordered a MagicBand for my trip, but I’m not expecting that to come for several more weeks, in its own super cool Incredibles themed box. In addition to spending gobs of money updating the in-park systems, they’re obviously spending even more gobs of money to get guests excited to use those systems.
Here it is! The weekly wrap up of Disney news and rumors, fun stuff, and other cool things that sparked our interest in the last week:
In Case You Missed It – Disney News and Rumors
So, last week we shared the story of retired Marine Ernie Napper, who helps conduct the Flag Ceremony at Disneyland. Well, this week, because so many people were like me and got a lot choked up about the first article, another fantastic article came out in the Los Angeles Daily News celebrating this incredible man. On Veteran’s Day, an outpouring of love came to Disneyland to see and honor this heroic individual, sharing stories and thanking him in person. This is another tearjerker piece that you have to read!
Did you know that nearly every President of the United States since Harry Truman (minus Lyndon Johnson) has had some sort of interaction with Mickey Mouse? This Parade article discusses The Big Cheese and some of his presidential experiences.