As many of you Disney fans probably know, Maelstrom in Epcot’s Norway pavilion closed on Sunday, October 5th, 2014. I was in Epcot that day and was lucky enough to ride it one last time. The lines were crazy long all day. I had originally made a fastpass, but due to being sick in the morning I slept through it. I ended up waiting over an hour to get on it later in the day, but it was definitely worth it.
What can one say about Maelstrom? It had a little bit of everything, really – boats, Vikings, polar bears, and trolls. While it wasn’t my favorite ride, it was one I enjoyed and one that I will definitely miss. While I do think a Frozen ride is something that Disney should have, I definitely don’t think that Norway is the place to put it. It definitely makes me sad to see Maelstrom gone.
A lot has been said on this topic. I enjoyed Frozen a lot. I a lot of people argue that it is a fad which will die out, and we don’t know yet if it will have staying power. But I don’t think that will be an issue – I really do think it will remain popular, as so many of the princess movies have. But I would’ve put it in Hollywood Studios, which could really use some more attractions, particularly for younger kids. Or even in Fantasyland, make room for something with the rest of the princesses. I wouldn’t have cared if they had announced a Frozen ride somewhere else. I wouldn’t really have minded if they replaced or updated Maelstrom with another Norwegian-culture ride. But I love the World Showcase and I’m sad to see this happen.
The following day I was in Epcot again, and I walked past the Norway pavilion. The sign was already down and the door closed. Norway was a sad sight indeed that day.
Will you miss Maelstrom? Or are you looking forward to the new Frozen ride?