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The Norway showcase was created to resemble a Norwegian town square, complete with a cobble stone courtyard and a 1r4th century replica of am Oslo fortress. The pavilion is also brewing with architecture representative of the styles found in Norwegian towns like Setesdal and Bergen. Other towns represented in the pavilion include Oslo and Alesund.


A stave church in the pavilion pays homage to 13th Century medieval craftsmanship found throughout the country of Norway. The church is a replica of the Gol Stave church. The original is found in the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo. Inside the church, exhibits covering Norwegian history and culture are on display. Recently, a Viking ship playground was also added to the showcase. This playground provides children with a special place to play and explore.


In the Maelstrom area, visitors are able to board a dragon headed 16 passenger Viking-style boat. This 10 minute boat ride travels along a Viking village representative of the 10th century. It also takes visitors through a mythical forest containing impish trolls casting curses on the boats. As a result, the boat is thrust backward through the river! In addition, the boat passes a huge fjord, and then continues by a North Sea oil rig through a storm.


To add to the realistic quality of the trip, Maelstrom utilizes audio-animatronics, as well as special effects. Together, this technology tells the story of Norway's history. It also recounts ancient Norwegian folklore. After the ride is complete, visitors are able to enjoy a short film about modern Norway. Guests in wheelchairs need to be able to transfer from the wheelchair to the boat in order to enjoy Maelstrom. The remainder of the Norway pavilion is wheelchair accessible. Reflective captioning is available for guests who are deaf. A Cast Member can be asked for assistance at the entrance.


Akershus offers Norwegian dining. This restaurant is a replica of the fortress of the same name. The medieval atmosphere of the restaurant provides an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffet. It includes salads of the meat, chicken, egg & ham, and potato. It also offers smoked salmon, herring, roast beef, stuffed pork loin, cheese platter, and a variety of native rolls and breads. Other offerings include fresh fish, smoked pork, red cabbage, venison strips, macaroni & cheese with ham, meatballs in gravy, vegetables, mashed rutabagas, and red potatoes. Disney characters such as Jasmine, Belle, Princess Aurora, Snow White, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Ariel can be spotted here.


The Kringla Bakeri og Kafe offers an outdoor, shaded dining experience. This restaurant serves pastries and open-faced sandwiches. It also offers specialty Kringles, which are candied pretzels, and the Lefses, which is thin potato bread with a sugar, cinnamon and butter filling.


Shoppers can purchase carved wood souvenirs, knit sweaters, jewelry, glass, pewter, trolls, porcelain and toys at shops like the Puffin's Roost and Fjording.


For a guided tour of the Norway pavilion, guests can sign up for a guided tour at the Tourism desk. These tours are conducted at 6 and 6:30 p.m. every day. The hidden Mickey can be found on Maelstrom. Here, a mural faces the loading dock and a Viking wearing Mickey Mouse ears can be discovered!