/ Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard

Did you Know?

May 6, 1988 – The Norway Pavilion in EPCOT Center has a soft opening in World Showcase. It will officially open in June and will be the last nation added to the World Showcase promenade.

On its journey to EPCOT, the “Norseman”, a replica Viking ship that stands 50 feet tall in the pavilion, actually set sail on the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to New York.

Maelstrom, the pavilion’s boat-ride attraction, opened  July 5, 1988.

Other Notable Disney Dates:

May 7, 1950 – The first train engine runs on Walt Disney’s backyard Carolwood Pacific Railroad.

May 8, 1991 – newspapers report that Disney has a proposed $3.1 billion dollar project to build a new park, WESTCOT, modeled after EPCOT, in Anaheim, California.

May 9, 2008 – In our hometown of Cincinnati, “The Magical Music of Disney” is performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The show features music from the past 80 years of Disney classics and favorites.

May 10, 1929 – For the first time since moving to Hollywood, Walt Disney produced a cartoon without a continuous character (Skeleton Dance of the Silly Symphonies series).

May 11, 2001 – Star Wars weekend is held at the MGM Studios.

May 12, 1956 – The Main Street Horseless Carriage begins operation in Disneyland.

Question of the Week

You can walk through and explore the replica of the Gol Stave Church in the pavilion. Do you know why Stave churches were built with high, steep roofs?

Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.