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Walt Disney World POP! Quiz – Norway Answers

Norway Pavilion

Flickr Creative Commons – Scott Ellis


1. True or False: The original Norway pavilion concept would have featured three countries; Denmark, Sweden, and Norway and would have been named the Scandinavian Pavilion.

During the planning phase of World Showcase, a pavilion contract was extended to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The Imagineers ultimately planned to combine the three countries into a large area and call it the Scandinavian pavilion.  So how did today’s guest end up with the Norway pavilion? Like Epcot‘s original Future World pavilions, in order for a country to be featured in World Showcase the country was expected to sponsor the pavilion. Country sponsorship tended to include an initial sum of money for construction use, workers to be employed at the pavilion, and an agreed upon yearly fee for upkeep and expansion. Such was the case with the proposed Scandinavian pavilion. Out of the three invited countries, Norway was the only country to raise the required funds of $30 million (about $100 million in 2017). In order to raise the substantial funds needed to secure a World Showcase pavilion, eleven Norwegian companies and the Norwegian government contributed money. The country of Norway continued with their financial support and pavilion contract until 2002. Norway did not renew their contract because they believed there country was no longer experiencing increased tourism as a result of their pavilion.


2. How many regions of Norway are represented in the Norway pavilion?

  1. 4
  2. 2
  3. 3 –  Currently three regions of Norway are represented through the architectural details found in the Norway pavilion. It is important to  note that when the pavilion opened four regions of Norway were represented. However, with the opening of Frozen Ever After, and the resulting reconstruction of the pavilion, there are now only three regions. The first Norwegian region to be symbolized in architectural details is the southern region of Setesdal. Look no further than the faux log construction design of The Gallery and Puffin’s Roost for examples of this region. The second region represents the Bergen are located on the west coast of Norway.  Examples of this region can best be seen in the gabled windows of the Fjording Shop as well as the brightly colored shopping buildings throughout the pavilion. The third region represented is the area around Norway’s capital Oslo. This area is best seen by the Imagineers representation of Akershus Castle


3. The attraction Malestrom introduced the “first” of how many new attraction technologies?

  1. 2
  2. 1 -On opening  day July 5, 1988, Malestrom featured many elements of Norwegian culture. It whisked guests in attraction vehicles based on Eric the Red’s viking longboat on a dark adventure featuring trolls, magic, and storms. At the time, Malestrom introduced a new “first” in attraction technology – the first time a ride vehicle went backwards. Disney placed advertisements in multiple newspapers to help promote the new thrill ride. Here’s what one of the advertisements from 1988 read:

    When was the last time you went over a waterfall… backwards? Had your life threatened by a nasty, old three-headed river troll? Came within a whisker of a 12-foot polar bear? Challenged white-water rapids? And braved a thunderous, storm-tossed North Sea?

    The last time may be the first time you ride “The Maelstrom,” the new thriller at Epcot Center. It’s a sea adventure of legendary proportions, now open in the fabulous, new Norway Showcase.

    So come on. Conquer “The Maelstrom.” All you need is the guts of a Viking.

  3. None


4. Who does the statue located outside the stave church represent?

  1. King Sven I
  2. A viking
  3. King Olaf II – One of the most iconic structures at the Norway pavilion is the beautiful stave church. The picturesque stave church in the Norway pavilion is actually a recreation of the Gol Stave church located in Gol Hallingdal, Norway. The Gol Stave church was built in 1212 and was one of thousands of similar structures found throughout Norway. Similar to the Gol Stave church, World Showcase‘s stave church was created using the post and lintel technique, a simplistic method of building that utilizes strong horizontal and vertical elements. As for the statue located outside the stave church, it is a representation of King Olaf II who is considered the patron saint of Norway. King Olaf II brought Christianity to Norway, effectively ending the Viking rule. He was also considered the first king of Norway. During my research, I found that King Olaf II was not popular nor considered holy during his rule of Norway – in fact, due to his harsh nature, the Norwegian people rebelled against him and forced him into exile! However, many miraculous events took place by his tomb and he was eventually granted sainthood. 


5. True or False: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a fantasy structure created by Walt Disney World Imagineers. 

Built in the 1290s, Akershus Fortress was built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. Still standing to this day, the fortress is now used to host dignitaries and government balls.


(Photo from the Flickr Creative Commons: Norway-epcot, Scott Ellis license)


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