Continuing from Part 1. We’ll continue checking out Norway then head up to the Bead Outpost, grab an American Dream, see what’s new in Japan, and head out.
Maelstrom was closed due to one problem or another, which is why you’re only being served three quarters of the full meal deal. I’m holding the drink. I like Maelstrom a lot and consider the movie at the end to be some of the funniest five minutes ever caught on film. If you’re ever watching it and some kid in the corner is laughing hysterically, please turn around and wave hello. The nice thing about Maelstrom is that wait times are generally 20 minutes or less and FASTPASSes are almost always just 40 minutes out. With Mexico and China on either side (and girls in Norway), you’re not going to have much of a problem filling 40 minutes.
Akershus is always busier than you think it will be. Expect to wait 20+ minutes even with a “reservation.” The meal includes a picture with Belle, unlike a lot of buffets. Hopefully we’ll be taking a detailed look at it when I’m dining there with the Milz family next month.
There were people standing in the way, so this menu is recycled from the middle of February. Hopefully it hasn’t changed! Lunch is $41/adult and Dinner is $47/adult if you can believe that.
We’ll pop into the Puffin’s Roost. Like most Disney stores, it connects all the way down to the storefronts to the right.
Some finer jewelry with higher prices.
Smelling like Norway will set you back.
Apparently they have polar bears and moose in Norway. That’s crazy.
The Kidcot Fun Stop is located in here. Next time I’m at Epcot I’ll take pictures of each of the Stops. They can be difficult to find as a lot of them are hidden in stores, around corners, or in the back of the Pavilions.
For the men.
A wide assortment of hit-your-sister sticks and shields to block her hit-your-brother-sticks.
DISboards.com branded apparel is now available.
In typical fashion, Disney finds a logo and goes to town with it.
DISboards.com’s finest members. I’m on the left.
I can’t imagine being on a viking ship with no lower deck and just sailing through the ocean for days.
Reminding you of IKEA.
Is that a pair of pants on Donald? It must be really cold in Norway.
Closely behind “Go Dog Go” for best non-fiction title.
My roommate has one of these hats with just one horn. If you ever see us together, ask her where the other half is.
I’d guess we’ll be seeing a healthy dose of Brave merchandise in Norway. At one time there was a lot of Thor merchandise.
Is it a coincidence that the vodka I frequent is sold here? Or is it more likely that I frequent a lot of vodkas and could say the same thing about virtually any brand? Anyway, the 750ML bottle was $21.95, which isn’t just astronomical. It would run you $10-$12 in a liquor store here. I’m not sure how much the Christania was. Since it runs about $25/bottle in stores, I’m sure it would run quite a bit more.
They also sell the Linie Aquavit that would run you $8.75 a shot outside on the promenade. I’ve never had it. Like all alcohol, they won’t just hand you the bottle. It’ll be sitting for you at one of the exits.
It would run you about $24 elsewhere, so the $40 price tag isn’t crazy. I’m not sure what pricing on the 375ML bottles at the Disney resorts looks like, but I’m sure it’s astronomical. Buying your booze early on at Epcot might be the way to go if you don’t have transportation offsite.
Hand knit by real life Norwegians.
Really nice stuff.
That will set you back a pretty penny. The sweater above runs $315.
This shirt is super helpful. “Hey hunny, can you come over here for a minute? I forget how much lime juice is in this Super Duper Cocktail.”
A lot of Moods of Norway merchandise around. They’re legit since Kevin McHale wore one of their sweaters this week on Glee!
Helly Hansen is the other major brand of merchandise you’ll find here.
Apparently he is a real person:
You can occasionally score somewhat of a sale.
There’s usually a longer line to take a picture with the troll than there is for Duffy. Which makes you wonder, “Who’s trolling who?”
In the first room is your run of the mill princess merchandise.
Overall, it’s a nice blend of Disney and non-Disney merchandise.
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is Norway’s quick service arm. They offer some of the best treats in Walt Disney World, including a personal favorite, the School Bread. I don’t trust anyone that doesn’t like School Bread.
Menu recycled from February. Nothing has changed as far as I know.
Note that the Kringla Sweet Pretzel is listed as a snack credit on this menu, even if it doesn’t have the picture next to the price inside the case.
I was just thinking how nice these pictures were looking until I realized I didn’t focus on this one or the next one.
Still looks good though.
The Lefse is amazing if you’re looking for something inexpensive and not overpoweringly sweet. I’m not crazy about the Cloudberry Horn. Has anyone had the Veiled Maiden? Don’t think I’ve ever partaken. The Rullekake is a little spongy for my personal taste. I’ll give you a pass on the School Bread if you don’t like coconut.
I feel like we’re really in the bowels of Walt Disney World quick service. Which is a great way to open a “food review,” right? This thing gets good reviews somehow. My future wife Stacey over at TouringPlans.com likes it. Party Through The Parks likes it. Disney on Wheels likes it. Melanie from the comments section of this website likes it. Which makes me seriously wonder if the world is going crazy. To be fair, I wasn’t expecting to like this as I don’t particularly care for this kind of smoked salmon. Because the texture is disgusting. The bread was either extremely chewy or extremely stale. Or both, as the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. On one hand, it’s a “light option.” On the other hand, it’s not a lot of food and isn’t going to fill most people up. Like I said, I don’t like lox/smoked salmon, so you can probably just ignore this review and listen to Melanie.
These bathrooms located to the left of Kringla’s seating area are among the best in World Showcase. More stalls and less popular because they’re a little more out of the way than the ones in Morocco or Germany. Keep this in mind if you’re visiting during the Food and Wine Festival as you’re looking at 20+ minute waits to use the restroom in the United States Pavilion.
With Boobs Statue back at Hollywood Studios, we don’t have to bother Grete as much.
Outside on the promenade sits this drink stand.
Carlsberg isn’t Norwegian (Danish, thanks Lena), but if you’re drinking around the world beginning in Canada, you don’t really care, right? I have a “Carlsberg Elephant” sitting in the fridge. Apparently it’s terrible, but I haven’t tried it.
Long menu offering three treats.
Sadly, what used to be a fun viking ship play area is now a bush.
Looks like the website’s signature tilt is alive and well. I wonder how many people are like, “Can’t this guy hold the dang camera straight?”
One of the best facades in the World Showcase.
With the falls to the right and the Maelstrom boats (theoretically) tumbling down the river above.
They must not be known for their gardening though. Whatever was left I guess.
Up to the “Africa” section of World Showcase for some face painting.
Pins, hats, and whatnot.
The Mdundo Kibanda is worth taking a look at. Unfortunately, we won’t be!
Earlier in the week, we took a look at a bead kiosk at Hollywood Studios across from Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. I’m happy to report that the beads there are the same and support the same cause.
They’re really pretty.
Pricing isn’t outrageous.
And the neighbors might compliment you for wearing something that “isn’t Disney.” And you can just smile.
It’s time for a beer and some television. It looks like there will be a Part 3.