Maelstrom in the Norway Pavillion at Epcot – Episode 80

Take a ride with Rick and guest Amanda Tinney on Maelstrom in the Norway pavillion in Epcot with on this week’s Travel with Rick with host Rick Howard

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20 comments on “Maelstrom in the Norway Pavillion at Epcot – Episode 80”

  1. pati m says:

    One of our “ritual” prior to going to WDW, is to go out to dinner and talk about our upcoming trip….I think the anticipation of the trip is so much a part of the fun of the trip!


  2. Scott says:

    Great video Rick! It’s been a while since my wife and I have ridden this attraction. We may need to do it when we go in November. Nice to see you again Amanda. I swear you get better looking every time I see you..Rick…not so much LOL J/K. I Love that giant troll in the Norway Gift shop. He kinda looks like me.The only ritual that I can think of is this: We arrive at our resort, I take a nap while my wife unpacks, then we always go to Epcot first and go straight to the Electric Umbrella and we order Chicken strips w/fries.
    We’ve done this for years. Not sure why, I guess it’s because I Love them chicken strips with the honey mustard dipping sauce. If they ever take them off the menu I’m not sure what we would do.


  3. Linda Miller says:

    Thanks, Rick and Amanda! I LOVE the Maelstrom. We always ride it at least once on every visit to Walt Disney World.

    As far as rituals to get ready for a trip, I always make a notebook with all of the important information, like ADR Confirmations, menus from each restaurant we will be eating at (and some we may be trying for the first time), park hours for each of the parks with Extra Magic Hours and any special events we might be attending.

    Once we get to our resort (usually Pop Century), we get checked in and head right to Epcot (also a ritual). It’s my favorite park, so I have to see “the Ball” as soon as I can!!

    Thanks again for a great video! See you next week!

    Linda Miller


  4. Jeanne Cundiff says:

    Great to see you again Amanda!! I, like Linda Miller, also start a 3 ring binder for the trip. It includes everything we need such as ADR Conf#, new places/things we want to try out, and just a general tour of each day. The kids have fun decorating each page with stickers to go along with the park. I try to squeeze everything for one day on a single sheet. That way I pull it out and have only a sheet of paper to carry around in the park vs the whole note book. I also carry a map for the coordinating park which I have pulled out of an old Passporter book. LOVE those books!
    Thanks for showing this fun ride, we love the Norway pavillion.
    Jeanne Cundiff


  5. Gracie N says:

    One of the rituals we have is the week before the trip, there is a surprise “gift” to open each day. They are just little things, such as an autograph book, a pen for the book, Disney stickers, etc. It just leads up to the big “gift”, the trip! Thanks, Rick, for another great video.


  6. Kris Koelzer says:

    Great video again and it was nice to see Amanda Tinney back again. I’m sure I have a ton of rituals when getting ready but they all see so mundane. Our ritual is the first park we always hit is Disney Hollywood Studio and we always eat lunch at Toy Story Pizza Planet. And our last night at WDW is spent in Magic Kingdom where we sit on a bench next to the castle and watch the lights change on the castle.


  7. Debbie Bolen says:

    Great video Rick – Missed the movie though – I’m probably one of the few that always stays to see it. Good to see Amanda again – definitely keep her as a regular!

    My ritual for every trip is re-reading all the guides & websites available (I should have memorized by now)and sit everyone down to see what each person has on their “must-do”, “want-to-do” and “hope-to” list, while giving guidance to anyone who hasn’t been before. On my last trip with hubby, I had all kinds of out-of-the-way things for us to do, since he had not been without kids since the late 70’s! I filled him in on some of it beforehand, but some of it was a complete surprise – it was awesome! He had never “hotel-hopped”, enjoyed an adult beverage while people watching and rode in the front of the monorail. I was so glad we were able to do that before the accident. Having a planning ritual lets me start my vacation long before we leave.


  8. cathy mullen says:

    Hi Rick and Amanda<

    I'm afraid this is not one of my favorite attractions but I do like the
    beautiful Norway gift shops and would love to buy one of the sweaters someday.

    My ritual would be that as soon as we arrive and get our room we MUST go over to the Magic Kingdom. It's not Disney World for me until I walk down
    Mainstreet and see the castle.

    Have a happy day!


  9. @Scott & @Linda w00t! Love that EPCOT is your 1st stop. My favorite park too.

    @Gracie My mother used to do this very same thing on the car ride from Florida to West Virginia and back (our yearly vacation)…while en route, 1 gift a day and it was always something that helped the time pass. We had one of those old beater VW bus vans with the pop up top where I slept. Funny memories…thanks for bringing them back =)

    and a big hello to @Cathy @Debbie @Kris and thanks for the welcome back. See ya soon!

    Almost forgot…ritual on my way to Walt Disney World…hmmm…I got it! Stop and get a McDonald’s Mocha Frappe for the drive. LOL =)


  10. Dale says:

    In all the times we have gone to WDW, we always start with the Magic Kingdom & also end with the Magic Kingdom. We can just be big kids again. It’s wonderful!!


  11. NDM1 says:

    Hey Amanda and Rick! Y’all know my rituals, but I wanted to say thanks for the shout out. 🙂 Hugs!

    JL Knopp


  12. Frank says:

    As DVC members we always save one day to just be at what ever resort we are at. We spend the entire day at home, reading, cooking walking around etc. And we always have a breakfast for dinner Eggs Benedict home cooked in our villa.


  13. TraciLeigh says:

    Rituals…I always start planning our next trip on our way home from the current trip (no joke).

    We always start at the MK and end at the MK. It must be that way.


  14. Robert Nordmark says:

    Hey Rick and Amanda, It is always great to see you both together on a video. I have enjoyed what reading what other respondents do in preparing for to go to Disney World or what the first thing they do when they get there.

    I don’t have any rituals to speak of. But I am always dreaming of my next trip to WDW. Actually I don’t just dream about it. I think of when would be a good time of the year or occaison to take that trip. Then I plan out which park or attraction I would go to on each day of the trip. Then I get on the internet and check the airlines for flight times and prices and resorts or hotels for prices and accomodations. I guess I do have a ritual.

    One thing that I have been thinking about since my last trip to WDW (2008) is that I want to go to Epcot. Just past the entrance to the park they have an area called “Leave A Legacy”. They take a small picture of you, engrave it on something and then mount it on a granite slab. I want to do this and next to my picture I want to enscribe the words “I MATTER!!!”.

    As always, I’m looking forward to the next video.



  15. Peggy Hickey says:

    I love that Malestrom Ride. “You are not the first to come this way” is usually in our heads by the time we get on the ride. Wow that line was short! I am so happy to see the boats are hanging out of the ride again. Last time I went they didn’t go all the way back. Bummer.
    As far as rituals…JL is a girl after my own heart. I also micro-plan the entire trip, and get in walking shape weeks before the trip by taking long daily walks. Got to have that stamina up. LOL.
    Epcot is also my first stop. We dump the luggage at the resort and run to Epcot even before seeing our room. Norway and Mexico are our two favorite starters because they have rides. We don’t even eat until we are so exhausted that we have to go back to the resort. Our motto is “Never waste a moment in WDW”.


  16. Janice Albers says:

    On our last 3 trips we started at Magic Kingdom getting there around 3:30 pm on arrival day. The parade is still coming down Main Street, so we hop the WDW Railroad, get off at Frontierland and ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This has now become our first day ritual.


  17. Domenica says:

    My rituals is for our Walt Disney World trip, I always make a folder with all of our important information, like ADR Confirmations, park hours for each of the parks with Extra Magic Hours and any special events.


  18. Teresa M says:

    I ride this ride every trip! We have to eat at Akerhaus because I have 4 girls and they love the princesses. It is a more affordable alternative to Cinderella’s Table. My favorite dish there is the Norwegian meatloaf which is named a name I cannot pronounce.

    Our ritual when we are going to Disney – we announce at any given time – which ride we’d like to be riding right now – as it enters our mind. It encourages to look forward to the trip and then we talk about why we like that ride and the park it is located. We discuss who we’ll ride with and how many times we’d like to ride as well.

    We watch your videos to feel like we are there as well!!

    Thanks for the video.


  19. Barbara says:

    On our way to the airport, we play Disney music in the car. I have a special CD with country western singers singing Disney songs. Then if we are making a Christmas season trip, we will be listening to Disney Christmas music…Love every minute of it. Always wished I could be near WDW….Makes me forget all my troubles…..Dream on…..


  20. john broadwater says:

    Our ritual before we go to Disney World is to go over the maps an plan what we want to do first. But most of all we try to plan whatpark is the first.Thanks for another great show


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