From the Vault this week I pulled two classic Vinylmations for us to look at. They come from the Maelstrom attraction from the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Norway is one of my favorite countries in The World Showcase. In previous Vaults I mention that my first trip to previously called EPCOT CENTER was in 1986 and it is now odd that when I walked passed the area that is now called Norway was only a brown foreboding construction wall. I don’t quite recall how much of the Pavilion was built at this time but it just seems odd now that I stood there with only a wooden plaque stating “Norway will open in Spring 1988”.
Norway and specifically the Maelstrom attraction are in my opinion one of the more beautiful and exciting attractions in the World Showcase. Before we enter lets discuss why the attraction is called “Maelstrom” There are several definitions of the word Maelstrom but the one that best fits what Maelstrom is all about which is, “a famous hazardous whirlpool off the NW coast of Norway.”
As you slowly and steadily climb up in your 10th-century-style warrior’s longship in the dark up the incline with the eye of God Odin looking down at you the narrator forewarns you that those who seek the spirit of Norway find adventure and peril. But more often find beauty and charm. The lighting effects are amazing at this point and always send chills up my back as it really gives you a sense that you are about to be sent back in time to a mythical place of an early 10th century Viking Village, and a Norwegian Harbor. Shortly after the narrator warns that “there are those who see Norway’s spirit veil in the land forest and mystery, where trolls still prowl the waters edge.”
Here we finally meet our Vinylmations for this week. From the Park 13 series we have “Maelstrom, Epcot” which has the three headed troll with the starry aura of lights twinkle on the ears of the vinylmation. Accompanying the Trolls in this scene there is the Park Starz Series 2 “Tree Troll”.
“What’s this? How dare you come here “exclaims the Trolls. “Invaders!” yells another one. “Da dis it troll country. Step away be gone. I cast a spell! Yes, Yes. You Disappear. Disappear, Disappear! Back, back over the falls! Ha, ha, ha! During all this excitement one might miss the Tree Troll on the left. Even with his yellow eyes flashing with the rhythmic verses of his three headed brethren chanting nearby.
The three-headed Troll cast the spell and the flume switches and the boat races backward through the Fjords and the Arctic.
As the boat arrives at the cavern of waterfalls another gnome one again switches the flume for a forwards drop into the North Sea where a North Sea oil field during a storm and then finally to a modern day Fishing Village unloading area.
Oh as you exit the attraction and head into the Gift Shop make sure that you take a picture of the Park 6 Norway Troll!
See you next time From the Vault!
Oh and here is an interesting photo of the Maelstrom under construction!