This Day in Disney History

October 5, 2014:  Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot will close permanently at the end of the day today.

“You are not the first to pass this way…" but today you might be the last!  Amid uproar from fans, Maelstrom will make way for an upcoming Frozen-themed attraction.  There has been speculation and rumors about this for several months, but today, our worst fears are coming true.

I am wholeheartedly against the infiltration of Frozen throughout Disney property, especially here in Norway.  So much for calling it the World Showcase!  With a fictional land set to take the place of Norway, it’ll have to be "A Bunch of Countries and Frozen” now.

Now, I can agree that Norway could have used an update. Just not like this. I know I’ve rambled about this topic before, so I’ll cut myself short, and hopefully I won’t have to bring it up again (at least until the Frozen ride opens…), so for now, I’ll just say goodbye to another little piece of my childhood.

Farewell, Maelstrom! It’s been a great run, you will be sorely missed!

July 5, 1988 - October 5, 2014


Frozen Ever After low light ride-through in Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

I like to call it ‘unthemed hallways and basic rehashes of all the music from the movie’, after one viewing. Disappointing, but I was not expecting otherwise.

Marshmallow is the best part, but it barely moves. The queue might well have the best detailing of all. Anna and Elsa just look….weird, with the glowing faces, and them together at the end singing just - I like the effort to have scene with them together, but a comparatively weak song and their facial animation/glow involved takes me right out of it. I’ll take a fully sculpted face and knowing the limitations of that, how best to apply it, thank you. I wish they did better both by the former attraction space and what was there, and the characters.

I miss you, three-headed proper troll.

This Day in Disney History

September 7, 1998:  Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Fantasyland closes permanently at the end of the day.

This attraction stood in the place that the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh stands now.  It never had a long wait, but as far as I’m concerned that was no indication that it needed to make room for another ride!  This ride was notorious for having a scene in Hell after you get hit by a train when driving into a train tunnel.  If you want to ride it now, you’ll have to make the trip to Disneyland in California, Mr Toad is still wildly riding over there!

Check it out HERE or HERE, since there were two almost completely different ride tracks!

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