Knock, Knock…Anyone Home??

Maelstrom is gone forever.  :(

Maelstrom is gone forever. 😦

We loved this ride! If only we had known it was closing for good in early October 2014…we would have ridden it a few more times during our DCP program!

We stopped in at Maelstrom last week to say farewell. All the signs are down.

Knock, knock...anyone home???

Knock, knock…anyone home???

We talked to a few of the CPs that worked the Maelstrom ride and they are all greeters now at the Norway Pavilion. Their student work visas don’t expire until March 2015.

"Over the falls with you..."

“Over the falls with you…”

Caroline even wore her Maelstrom t-shirt in honor of the occasion.

Caroline even wore her Maelstrom t-shirt in honor of the occasion.

The Maelstrom ride was a Disney favorite, floating guests through the perils of the North Sea in 10th-century-style warrior’s longboats. It opened in 1988.

In September 2014, WDW announced it was shutting down the Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot and replacing it with a ride inspired by the movie ‘Frozen’. The new attraction – also a water ride – will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.

We are hoping that the new boats will be more like the Pirates of the Caribbean boats or It’s a Small World boats, wider with more passenger capacity per boat! Sometimes the Maelstrom lines were very long!

Early October before Maelstrom closed...the wait lines were very long!

Early October before Maelstrom closed…the wait lines were very long!

Backstage secret:  There's a CM breakroom here on the 2nd floor.  That's why the light is on!

Backstage secret: There’s a CM breakroom here on the 2nd floor. That’s why the light is on!

Cool video below by a guy driving on the highway near WDW who caught of the Maelstrom boats leaving Epcot!
Adios longboats we’ll miss you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqiVbM3iQdc

Epcot Norway folk lore:  If you touch the troll's nose, you'll be back!

Epcot Norway folklore: If you touch the troll’s nose, you’ll be coming back someday!  🙂

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bookstore (2)

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Published by Theme Park Press.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

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