Posts Tagged ‘Norway Pavilion’

First Details on Epcot’s Newest Attraction Frozen Ever After

by on June 9, 2015

©Disney

©Disney

Today, the Wall Street Journal gave us a first glimpse at what we can expect with the upcoming Frozen attraction, called Frozen Ever After, slated to hit Epcot’s Norway Pavilion sometime next year.

The goal of the attraction is to “try to take you back to the movie, without retelling the story,” said Imagineering Creative Executive, Kathy Mangum.

The attraction is set to take place during the Winter Festival (which takes place in the summer), when the residents of Arendelle celebrate their favorite time of the year.

Here is what guests will experience in the upcoming attraction:

First, the Maelstrom attraction building has been gutted to make way for Frozen Ever After; however, the ride path will remain the same.

As far as the attraction goes, the queue will have guests walk past Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. Guests may even catch a glimpse of him, and you can bet you may hear Yoo-hoo a few times!

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

SATURDAY SIX: The Six Best Snacks in Epcot’s World Showcase

by on June 6, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the Six Best Snacks in Epcot’s World Showcase. By now you know we love theme park snacks. From the iconic Mickey Bar and Dole Whip at the Magic Kingdom to the outrageous Brain Freezin’ D’oh-nut Sundae in Springfield USA, we can’t get enough. Today we are going to the holy land of all dining in Walt Disney World, Epcot’s World Showcase. Yes, you know about the incredible restaurants like Via Napoli and bars such as La Cava del Tequila, but we are going to take a look at the underrated dining aspect of World Showcase: the snack department. Everyone has their favorite, so let’s start off the list with….

# 6 – Hand Twisted Pretzel – (Germany)

No offense to the Mickey pretzel but this is THE pretzel to get in Walt Disney World. A hand twisted pretzel in Germany is in fact almost the perfect snack because it’s; A) Easy to eat while touring the park B) Big enough to share C) Is something almost everyone in your party can enjoy D) Goes great with an ice cold beer. Good news on the last point because as luck would have it Germany is also one of the best places to get a beer in World Showcase. How convenient! While we recommend the Oktoberfest brew, you can’t go wrong with the Grapefruit Beer either.

EPCOTSNACKS_GermanPretzel_glover

Pretzel and beer? Who wouldn’t be smiling. (photo by Brandon Glover)

EPCOTSNACKS_pretzel2_glover

Hand twisted pretzel and Altenmunster Oktoberfest. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

New Details About Frozen Addition for Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

by on January 14, 2015

©Disney

©Disney

Good news, Frozen fans! Reports say that documents have been filed with the South Florida Water Management District and the Reedy Creek Improvement District that share some new details about what we can expect with the updated Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

The paperwork indicates that a brand new 13,000 square foot building will be added in what is currently a backstage area that is situated between the Mexico Pavilion and the Norway Pavilion. This new section will house the previously announced Frozen meet and greet, women’s restrooms, and more.

For a map overlay of how the project may fit in Epcot, check out Theme Park Insider.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Observations from Epcot: July 30, 2014

by on August 2, 2014

observations from Epcot

Take a stroll around Epcot with us without having to leave your air-conditioning! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Following my Frozen-filled visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios last week, I found myself back at Walt Disney World a few days later for some observations from Epcot. As a child, EPCOT (as it will always be capitalized in my heart) was my favorite WDW park, and the massive Beard/Abrams coffee table book on the park’s creation remains among my most prized possessions. As everyone knows, Epcot’s attractions (especially in Future World) have been radically overhauled over the past 2 decades, and now I rarely visit the park except during the fantastic Food & Wine or Flower & Garden festivals.

My first mid-summer Epcot experience in several seasons started on a sweet note, as I snagged a parking spot along the center aisle; there is nothing worse than having to walk a football field’s length just to get to the tram.

Spending a lot of time at Universal Orlando lately, I’ve been frustrated by how slow their entry procedures are, even after new ticket scanners were recently installed. In contrast, the turnstile-free entry at Disney’s parks has become my favorite element of MyMagic+. Scanning a MagicBand usually seems swifter than swiping a barcode, and the finger scanners at Disney are still far faster and more reliable than Universal’s new biometric readers.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Frozen’s Anna and Elsa Moving To Magic Kingdom

by on March 14, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenYay! No more standing out in the blazing sun at the Norway Pavilion!

With lines commonly running from two to three hours, even seeing as long as five hour waits, Disney has decided to move Anna and Elsa from Frozen out of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot over to the Magic Kingdom to meet with guests.

The sisters will be relocated to the Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland starting on April 20. This means that guests will also be able to make FastPass+ reservations to meet the sisters. (Keep in mind, this will likely be the hottest ticket in town. FastPass+ reservations are going to go extremely quick for the opportunity to meet these two.)

With this change, Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall. (And if rumors are correct, these two will likely be greeting guests together now. Anna and Elsa will likely be greeting with a visiting Princess. These are just rumors, as of now.)

Also, keep in mind that Anna and Elsa’s meet and greet opportunity will last only until the early evening. After that time, other visiting Disney Princesses will be available to greet guests.

I could see this change coming from a mile away. The Norway Pavilion has become crazy crowded since this meet and greet opened up. With summer rapidly approaching, and with the lines being as long as we’ve seen, I’m not surprised that Disney wanted to find an indoor location for people to wait to meet these two. I visited the pavilion on my most recent trip in February twice, at two different times of the day (early afternoon and early evening), and the area was just packed.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Frozen Meet and Greet to Continue at Epcot

by on February 10, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenWell, last week, I told you I’d keep you updated on any Anna and Elsa news. I am one to keep my word, and today we have official confirmation from the Disney Parks Blog that the two sisters will not be going anywhere “for the foreseeable future.” (Yay!)

Guests may continue to meet the two at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot in the Princesse Plass area. As a reminder, the meet and greet schedule recently changed. Guests may now meet Anna and Elsa daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  As I previously suggested, if you are looking to meet Anna and Elsa, make sure you enter Epcot at park opening (“rope drop”) and head straight back to the Norway Pavilion. (Wait times here can get quite lengthy really fast!)

For those who are looking to take part in more Frozen fun, make sure to check out the Norsk Kultur gallery, which can be found in the Stave Church (located in the front of the Pavilion). This gallery showcases artifacts that influenced the making of the movie.

In addition, at the Magic Kingdom guests can still enjoy the “Let It Go” portion of the Celebrate the Magic Castle Projection Show. Finally, announced today, when the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade begins in March, guests will be able to catch Anna and Elsa on the Princess Garden Float, which will be the lead float in the new parade.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Frozen Meet And Greet News

by on February 5, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

With the huge success of Frozen, it’s obvious that people want to meet with Anna and Elsa. This popular meet and greet, found at the Princess Plass in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, has seen typical waits of 2-3 hours.

The last we heard, this meet and greet had been extended to last until January 31. Obviously, we are now in February, and the sisters are still meeting guests. The duo should continue to be located in the pavilion for the foreseeable future. (Though when looking at My Disney Experience, it appears that they are currently only scheduled out for a week at a time.)

Speaking of their schedule, according to Disney, their meet and greet times are changing. Starting on February 9, Anna and Elsa will be greeting guests starting at 9 a.m. and meeting up until 6 p.m. Hopefully this move will help with the two hour plus line. Previously the girls’ schedule would start at 11:00 a.m. The rest of their schedule was: 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., and 6:50 p.m. With this new schedule change, it now appears that Anna and Elsa will be meeting on a continuous basis. Be sure to check a Times Guide or the My Disney Experience app in case things change.

If your child really wants to see these characters, I suggest entering the park at opening (“rope drop”) and heading straight back to the Norway Pavilion.

We’ll keep you posted whenever we find out more about this extremely popular meet and greet.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Frozen Meet and Greet Extended At Walt Disney World

by on January 3, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenAre you a fan of the movie Frozen? Do your little ones want to meet Anna and Elsa? You are in luck, at least for a little while longer.

The meet and greet was originally supposed to end on January 4, but it has officially been extended to last until January 31. (Rumors indicate that this meet and greet opportunity may eventually be extended past that date, but there is obviously nothing official announced yet.)

This has been one of the most popular meet and greet opportunities in all of the parks, with lines that are extremely long all day. If you want to meet Anna and Elsa, try to do so first thing. Meeting times are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., and 6:50 p.m. Be sure to check a Times Guide or the My Disney Experience app in case things change.

Guests may meet the sisters in the Norway Pavilion at World Showcase in Epcot inside Puffin’s Roost at the Prinsesse Plass.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Frozen Characters Now Meeting in Norway

by on November 3, 2013

IMG_3818Frozen is slated to be Disney’s next big hit movie, and now guests have the opportunity to meet with two of the stars of the movie, Anna and Elsa. Guests can meet these two beautiful new sisters at Epcot in the Norway Pavilion inside Puffin’s Roost.

Guests enter this location, found next to the Kringla Bakeri, to see a beautifully themed, but relatively small meet and greet area. The line for the attraction is outdoors, so be prepared to wait in the elements. (And to smell the perfume!)

Once you head inside, the room is very warm and inviting, with colors of red and gold, but beyond the large glass windows you can see that it is most definitely a frozen wonderland, featuring a beautiful glacial castle.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Deadliest Catch Star goes to Epcot

by on June 21, 2008

The Norway pavilion at Epcot will host Sig Hansen. He is one of the stars on the reality series on The Discovery Channel, “The Deadliest Catch.” He will appear in-park July 10-13, 2008. Hansen will be inside The Puffin’s Roost, the pavilion’s merchandise location, each day. He will be joined by his brothers, Edgar and Norman Hansen, who also appear on the show.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print