The Magic, the Memories, the Maelstrom


Maelstrom, a high-seas Norwegian adventure, left this world at aged 26.  Maelstrom resided in the Norway pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.  Last rides occurred on October 5th, 2014, less than three weeks after the announcement that Maelstrom would not be with us much longer.  The cause of death, it seems, was myocardial geladum (beware the Frozen heart).   “You are not the first to pass this way, but you may have been the last”


Born on July 5th, 1988, in Epcot Center as SeaVenture, Maelstrom was a 4 minute, 27 second boat voyage through the mythological history of Norway.  In its 26 years with us, Maelstrom was beloved by millions around the world, and brought joy to both the young and the young at heart.  Maelstrom was married for over two decades to a film highlighting Norway’s adventurous attractions, including skiing and hiking, as well as intrinsic icons like Kjerag mountain and oil rigs, which also passed on October 5th.

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It will be outlived by Dὃkkálfar and Ljósálfar, who continue to live in the hearts of the Norwegian people, and also by a gift shop, which will most likely have new additions, but will hopefully continue to sell the Essence of Norway (Geir).  Maelstrom was predeceased by its close friend and neighbor, El Rio del Tiempo, (1982-2007), the Wonders of Life pavilion (1989-2007), and Journey into Imagination (1982-1998) among other friends.


Services will be normal Epcot park hours, 11am-9pm unless otherwise noted.  Memorial donations can be made out to the Norse Federation.  As always, “the spirit of Norway will always be adventure.”

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