Epcot’s Norway Pavilion is an authentic, picturesque piece of Scandinavian scenery. When designing the World Showcase, Disney Imagineers desired to capture each country’s unique spirit. Norway’s seafaring heritage, folklore, and distinctive architecture are magnificently displayed in the Pavilion’s use of natural materials, Norse décor, and village atmosphere.
The Pavilion pulls from different locales around Norway. The cobblestone plaza is reminiscent of those in the coastal cities of Bergen, Alesund, Oslo, and the Setesdal Valley, where much of the setting consists of superbly crafted, natural-hewn materials, evidencing their connection to the sea. Character Plaster and Paint departments took great care in replicating the aged stone, stucco, rockwork, and wood surfaces, adding rosemaling details to finish off the scene. The Stave Church—or Stavkirke—is a replica of ones that used to be found in nearly every village center. Only 28 of the original 1,000 still remain and are some of the oldest wooden structures in existence. Epcot’s replica is detailed right down to its wooden joints.
Inside the Stave Church there used to be a display of Norse mannequins in authentic attire, their tools and home furnishing, and placards presenting bits of Norwegian history. Since Disney’s Oscar Award-winning animated feature FROZEN was set it Norway, Imagineers picked up on its enormous success and popularity and re-designed the displays to feature the real-life inspirations behind set and character design for the movie. You can now see mannequins of Kristoff’s real-life counterpart, in full winter garb with sled and tools, as well as an Anna-mockup, furnishings, and other items, with placards detailing each display.
Remnants of a shipwreck adorn the north side of the Pavilion (formerly a children’s play area). The ship is modeled after 10th-century Norse explorer ships, much like the ones Guests board to journey into the Maelstrom. And across the courtyard stands the 14th-century Norwegian castle Akershus (the original of which overlooks the harbor in Oslo), which continues the maritime theme at the Character dining experience inside.
In FROZEN, Queen Elsa learns that the only way to undo her eternal winter is by an act of true love.
Olaf: An act of true love will thaw a frozen heart.
Elsa: Love will thaw. Love. Of course, love!
Well, today we’re going to experiment with ways to thaw not a frozen heart, but ice cubes! All you’ll need are
- Ice cubes
- Identical plates or saucers
- Electronic scale, accurate to 0.1 g, such as the digital pocket scale available from Amazon.com
- Measuring cup
- Suggested materials to test for ice-melting ability
- Table salt
Visit Sciencebuddies.com for abstract, objective, and full experiment instructions. Be sure to come back and tell us what combination of materials worked the fastest!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Chemistry
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades
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