*InSanity lurks Inside* Disney Demands Norway Pay $9 Million.. Or Arendelle is Coming.
Well, I can’t say I’m surprised.
Disney has finally gone off the deep end. Demanding the country of Norway pay $9 Million to update their pavilion in Epcot Centers ‘World Showcase’ or they will turn it into Arendalle from the movie ‘Frozen.
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Okay, I know I talked about this a while back with the fellow EPCOT buds, but WHY demand to change Norway?! The place is probably the most iconic and the most swimming with people because of THIS RIDE. (Mexico too because it has a ride) This is the FIRST place I think of when I think of World Showcase. The Spirit of Norway! I don’t care how cutsey Frozen is, this is ridiculous.
It’s like Disney banging down Japan’s door and say “however much for you pavilion at Epcot, or else Otaku Con is taking residence year round.” Isn’t that…I don’t know, kind of…disrespectful toward a beautifully cultured country just so they can get money. With this attitude, Norway won’t pay them a nickel, they SHOULDN’T pay a nickel, and I wouldn’t blame them. There are far better ways to raise money for an update to the Norway ride, but with this lack of love for this attraction. I’d have to wonder if they’d use the 9 million just to do Arendelle anyway. It’s almost certain they’re making the amount that high so Norway WON’T pay for it, and if they did, then they’d get a bunch of pocket cash
Arendelle in Disney World, taking over that new Disney Princess Meet and Greet area, Good! Go for it! But don’t spit in the face of EPCOT Center any more than you have, and the ideas of imagineers that put ten or so YEARS into the making of this park. Yes, Maelstrom needs help, it needs animatronics in the first few show rooms, and something to occupy the exit, but the trolls, the effects, and the adventure are still bright and fun as ever! I speak for a lot of Disney fans to not see this piece of Disney history go under such terrible circumstances….
I’m very nostalgic about the Norway pavilion, it’s always been one of my favorites. And when I worked at Epcot, I met some great friends there and ended up traveling to Norway, so the Norway pavilion will always be special to me. But, that being said, the Norway pavilion has been neglected for years by the Norwegian government and it could desperately do with some updating. While next door the Mexican pavilion has gotten better and better (the ride has been updated in the past 10 years and hello, tequila room), Maelstrom (and the pavilion itself) is just…blah. If you hadn’t grown up with the ride, you would not understand why people who have grown up with it love it.
And it’s up to Norway to step in and make sure that their culture is preserved in the pavilion so it doesn’t turn into a Frozen pavilion. They are one of the richest countries in the world, $9 million is nothing to them (I’m actually shocked Disney didn’t ask for more). I hope the Norwegian government recognizes that this is a great opportunity for the country to lure in tourists and take full advantage of the Frozen phenomena, without sacrificing their own culture. There was a video circulating the Internet a few weeks ago from Norwegian television that basically said as much, so hopefully their government is aware of the issue and will make the right decision and save the pavilion.
But if they do, something needs to be done to it. There is wayyyy more to Norway than polar bears, puffins, and trolls, and I would love to see an attraction that focuses on the natural beauty of the country (in a way other than a short film made in the 1980s which no one watches) and the amazing people who live there. /rant
Oh and Norway, if you want some non-Frozen themed suggestions for how to make your pavilion amazing, hit me up. Here’s one for free - that little outdoor town square area at the end of Maelstrom - take out the movie, expand that area, and make it an actual “outdoor” cafe (of which there are an uncountable number in Norway - during summertime at least). Serve Scandinavian beer and fresh seafood. You’re welcome.