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Maelstrom at Epcot

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World Showcase - Norway Pavilion

Dark ride

Opening Date:
Jul 5, 1988

Closure Date:
Oct 20, 2014

This forward/backward flume ride sets guests in Norse viking ships on a cruise through a troll-inhabited swamp, past Nordic polar bears, and into the oil refinement industry of present-day Norway before culminating in a short film on the region's contributions to technology.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015 14:50

LOST LEGENDS: Maelstrom: If you ask Disney fans, it represented all that was good about the original and much-missed EPCOT Center. Now, set sail with us as we uncover the stormy tale of Epcot's Maelstrom – a high-seas adventure through Norwegian history and mythology – and melt the icy haze that surrounds its controversial replacement, Frozen Ever After.

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Seek Out Danger and Adventure on Maelstrom
Submitted by sirusstest
on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 11:47

"Maelstrom", located in the Norway pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase area, is a good example of a ride that's both fun and educational. Disney might take a lesson from their own playbook here and incorporate something like that in each of their Epcot World Showcase countries.

Despite the fact that, upon walking in and winding your way through the ride queue, and coming up face to face with a really outdated mural highlighting some of Norway's well-known aspects and points of interest.....Maelstrom itself is really quite a good ride. It's not as dull as the boat ride in Mexico, and has some cool looking creatures, little drops here and there, and a dark, foreboding atmosphere to it which makes it that much more interesting.

If you manage to make you way out of Troll Country and past numerous other mythical Norse well as survive a possible backwards fall down a waterfall, you'll end up docked in a Norwegian town where, once the doors open, you can walk inside a theater and sit and watch a video on Norwegian history/culture. OR....if that part doesn't interest you, you can always walk right through the theaters and out the open doors back into the main park again.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a thrill ride (although some may be caught a little by surprise at the drop), but it is the best ride within World Showcase that serves its purpose well.

An EPCOT Classic
Submitted by sirusstest
on Friday, September 13, 2013 21:50

While many of the rides across the four parks at Walt Disney World have been there since Day 1, many of them are able to stay current thanks to nostalgia or something memorable. Norway's Maelstrom Boat Ride provides a bit of both. It shows its age pretty much immediately in the boarding station, where we see a very-80s mural on the wall of "Norwegian" things like beards and fish. But you're able to enjoy yourself on this ride based on how it unintentionally embraces where it stands. Plus, in a park with so few rides, it's lovely to just enjoy a good, old-fashioned, Disney-character-free dark ride.


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