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 I had originally made a fastpass, but due to being sick in the morning I slept through it.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.
At the time of this post going up, I will be on a plane and on my way to Disney World! Florida weather, here I come! I’m not ready for the snow we’re getting here.
I’m super excited for Kill, Marry, Refurb this month, because it’s about something that I have a lot of experience with – thrill rides. My husband first introduced me to roller coasters, and I’ve been hooked on thrills ever since. Disney has some great ones to offer, so I knew it was going to be hard to pick something to kill! It was hard to decide whether or not some rides were considered thrill rides, so I used Disney’s official website – they group their rides, and have a heading called “thrill rides.” So if it came up there, I considered it a thrill ride.
KILL: Kali River Rapids
I desperately wanted to kill Stitch’s Great Escape, but alas, it is not considered a thrill ride. So Kali River Rapids bit the dust instead. I haven’t been on it in ages. I suppose if it’s super, super hot out it’s nice to get completely soaked, but I’m not a huge fan of being wet from head to toe. It makes the next hour or so uncomfortable, especially if you’re wearing sneakers and socks. I don’t remember much about the themeing (I guess I was too preoccupied with the waterfalls and waves), so I don’t think I was too impressed by it. Plus, this is a rather “typical” sort of ride that you find at all sorts of theme parks. I think Disney could do a more creative water ride here.