Kringla Bakeri og Kafe Reopens in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

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August 31, 2018: First day re-opened after the refurbishment with the ICP cast members all back. They had been redeployed elsewhere at Epcot during the refurbishment. Many of them speak 3-4 languages!

After being closed for the summer for refurbishment, the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe has reopened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion.

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New layout inside with much more counter space.

Kringla Bakeri is located in the Norway pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Walk through the door and you’ll find yourself in a quaint, Scandinavian kitchen.

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Lunch entrees. Better for lunch than dinner.  <$10.

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We ❤ lefse! $3.29 a roll.

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We recommend the Norwegian Club Sandwich for lunch,  $8.99.   (A lot of the sandwiches/salads contain salmon!)

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Sweet treats for dessert!  Most <$5.00.

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All cupcakes are now $5.99 across the WDW property.

The Kafe features a selection of traditional Scandinavian pastries like lefse, and also a good selection of sandwiches, many of which contain some sort of fish. (No thank you!)

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We love the covered outdoor seating here. Great place to sit and rest in the summer during the daily afternoon thunderstorms!

There is covered seating outside, which is nice if it’s hot or raining, especially in the summer.

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Coffees, sodas, and beers.

Besides coffee and soda, the cafe also carries some Nordic beers.  The Caffe Lattes are good ($4.59)

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School Bread. (Not recommended!)

Kringla Bakeri is best known for School Bread, a semi-sweet, roll-like pastry filled with vanilla custard.

School Bread Food Review

Rating:  1 Star

Taste Review:  Gross!

After reading some excellent online reviews about it, we decided to finally try School Bread.

This treat is a sweet bread roll, injected with vanilla custard, then covered with sweet icing and toasted coconut. The School Bread recipe comes from a classic Norwegian snack (properly called “Skolebrød”), which kids took to school in their lunches and parents sold at bake sales.

The bread is a cross between a cinnamon roll and a dinner roll. It’s not super moist, more like a dry dinner roll. It has black flecks of some spice – cardamom? – in it that we wished was cinnamon instead.

Four of us split one roll. Two of us didn’t like it at all, and all four of us decided that we probably wouldn’t ever order it again, even if we were in Norway.

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Trying School Bread from Epcot Norway. 😦

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It’s considered good luck to touch the troll’s big nose in the Norway shop…it means that you’ll be coming back to Disney World! 🙂

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

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Did you know that there’s a twin of the Epcot troll in Norway??!! The one at the Flam Railway Station in Voss, Norway has been painted.

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

Meeting Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Princess Anna at Epcot Norway

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On a good day, the Frozen Ever After wait time is 60 minutes or less. Plan ahead:  All the ride’s Fast Passes are usually gone every day by 9am.

We had Two Magical Moments happen to us at Epcot Norway!

We had two Fast Passes to ride the Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot Norway…for the three of us.  That was as many Fast Passes as we were able to get that week for an early evening timeslot.

But, the ride cast member let us all in!  There was hardly any wait line, maybe 10 minutes. (It was really close to IllumiNations show time, around 8:35pm.)

We’ve been on the ride several times, but it was our mom’s first time.

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Elsa and Anna are the most advanced animatronics in all of WDW.  Look at their faces!

The Frozen Ever After attraction takes guests to Arendelle and immerses them in the movie’s favorite moments and music.

Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot

The 4-minute ride moves along the Frozen storyline pretty fast.

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Let it go, let it go….

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Queen Elsa singing as the long boat goes over the mini falls backwards.

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This is the ride’s best scene.

Watch Frozen Ever After POV (full ride):  Frozen Ever After ride

Olaf has a song to sing too.

Olaf singing his song.

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Marshmallow appears at the end of the boat ride.

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July 2017:  5 Hour wait time under the hot Florida sun!  😦

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Walking into the Frozen meet and greet area.

Anna and Elsa have their meet & greet place right next door to Frozen Ever After.

We did not have Fast Passes for that (none available) but the cast member let us right in!

A seccond Magical Frozen Moment in less than 20 minutes!!!

We gave her a big hug on our way out. Disney Magic at its best.

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Meeting Queen Elsa.

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Princess Anna

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Queen Elsa greeting us.

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Queen Elsa asking us if the winter has been cold in Colorado. (It was cold in Orlando the day we went, 52 degrees!)

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Interested in Disney Bounding as a Frozen character??

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Disney Bounding as Queen Elsa

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Disney Bounding as Princess Anna

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Disney Bounding as Kristoff

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Disney Bounding as Olaf

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Good eats! And you can meet some Disney princesses!  🙂

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The first time we saw the princesses was the week before the movie opened in Nov. 2013…there was only a 5 minute wait to see Anna & Elsa.  No one knew who they were!  We were like: Tell us all about your movie…..

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Frozen in a Bottle – Sampling the New Perfume at Epcot Norway

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Ahhh, smell the wild fjords of Norway!

We finally got to sample the new Frozen in a Bottle perfume which debuted at Epcot Norway last year.

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We were spraying this all over the shop!

The perfume’s scent is based off of elements of Norway and attempts to capture the movie ‘Frozen’ in a one-of-a-kind perfume.

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Lots of bottle sizes in sprays and body creams/lotions available.

The fragrance captures the essence of the ‘Frozen’ movie and its cohesive involvement with nature. The scent was designed to showcase the awesome forces of nature exhibited within the film and the two princesses, Anna and Elsa.

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Puffins Roost at Epcot Norway

Fragrance designer Gier Ness has been at Puffin’s Roost signing autographs and meeting with park guests many times. Guests can sample all his perfumes there for free.

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Fragrance designer Geir Ness

The new Frozen fragrance sells for $74 for the 3.4-ounce bottle and $52 for the 1.7-ounce one.  It’s also available online Frozen in a Bottle.

Perfume sampling area.

Perfume sampling area. Guests can try Laila and Frozen for free!

Mr. Ness, a native of Oslo, Norway, creates fragrances that embody the full experience of nature in Norway that users can experience without ever leaving the United States.

Gier created the fragrance Laila for women. According to Ness, the Laila perfume – which is wildly popular with Epcot guests – was inspired by his mother.

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We prefer the scent of his Laila perfume over Frozen in a Bottle.

Caroline buying a new bottle for 2015.

Caroline buying a new bottle of Laila perfume.

We actually own several bottles of Laila – it’s one of Caroline’s favorite perfumes!

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This is the perfume we smell on guests walking around Epcot. It’s very popular.

Buying Laila Perfume – The Essence of Norway on Amazon.com.

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He sells cologne for men too.

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Frozen in a Bottle.  (We really like the bottle’s design and color!)

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Two Disney Sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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New Perfume at Epcot Norway: Frozen in a Bottle

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Ahhh, smell the wild fjords of Norway!

A new fragrance is debuting at Epcot Norway today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

The new scent is based off of elements of Norway and attempts to capture the film ‘Frozen’ in a one-of-a-kind scent.

The fragrance, named ‘Frozen in a bottle’, captures the essence of the film and its cohesive involvement with nature. The scent was designed to showcase the awesome forces of nature exhibited within the film rather than the two princesses, Anna and Elsa.

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Puffins Roost at Epcot Norway

Gier Ness will be at Puffin’s Roost signing autographs and meeting with park guests today. This will continue on into the weekend through Sunday afternoon. Guests will be able to sample the perfume for free.

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Come and meet Geir Ness!  He’ll even sign your bottle for you!

The new Frozen fragrance is selling for $70 for the 3.4-ounce bottle and $50 for the 1.7-ounce one.

Perfume sampling area.

Perfume sampling area. Guests can try Laila and Frozen for free!

Mr. Ness, a native of Oslo, Norway, creates fragrances that embody the full experience of nature in Norway that users can experience without ever leaving the United States.

Gier created the fragrance Laila for women. According to Ness, the Laila perfume -which is wildly popular with Epcot guests – was inspired by his mother.

Caroline buying a new bottle for 2015.

Caroline buying a new bottle of Laila perfume.

We actually own several bottle of Laila – it’s one of Caroline’s favorite perfumes!

Buying Laila Perfume – The Essence of Norway

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Frozen in a Bottle.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Construction Fire at Epcot Norway

fireFirefighters responded to a small fire at the Norway pavilion at Epcot Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were called to the scene around 4:20 p.m.

A view from WESH Chopper 2 showed multiple fire units at the employee parking lot behind the Norway pavilion.

According to a Walt Disney World spokesperson, the fire was reported in the construction area behind the Norway pavilion. Out of an abundance of caution, guests were evacuated from the attraction, the gift shop and the restaurant. They have since been allowed to return.

News 6 helicopter Sky 6 flew over the park and spotted fire trucks on scene. The entrance appeared to have been blocked to the Norway Pavilion, but was reopened.

The new “Frozen” attraction in the Norway Pavilion is set to open in 2016.

It’s unclear how the fire started.  Officials said there were no injuries and there were no reports of damage.

Video:  http://www.clickorlando.com/news/fire-reported-at-epcot-reedy-creek-fire-says/35182388

Duffy's not leaving Epcot without a fight!!

Duffy’s not leaving Epcot without a fight!!

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 Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Best Snacks in Epcot

Best Desserts of Epcot

Snacking my way around the World Showcase!

Best snacks from around the World Showcase.

#1:  The Cronut

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Have a Cronut at Epcot? Don’t mind if I do!!

Cronuts.

Cronuts up close.  Yum!

#2:  Macarons from France  (With or without ice cream!)

Macarons by the box.

Macarons by the box.  Yes please!

So pretty!

The orange macaron. So pretty!

Macaron ice cream sandwiches!

Macaron ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day.  Perfect!!!

#3: Starbucks Coffee Drinks

Starbucks coffee drinks!

Starbucks coffee drinks!

#4 Funnel Cakes

Funnel cakes!

Funnel cakes!

Funnel cake for lunch?  OK!!

Funnel cake for lunch? OK!!

#5 School Bread from Epcot Norway???

No thank you!  While lots of guests swear how delicious this snack from Norway is, we disagree!

Have you tried the Norway School Bread?

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School Bread from Epcot Norway. 😦

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Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Taking Photos Around Epcot’s World Showcase

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One of my Summer Alumni Bucketlist items was to take pictures in every country at Epcot!

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Norway

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China

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Germany

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Italy

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The United States

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Morocco

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France
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The United Kingdom

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Canada

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DCP Advice:  I have plenty of photos taken at Epcot with my CPs friends, but I wanted to take a series of photos of just me in every country.  I recommend that all CPs take a few photos of themselves in their favorite places at WDW without anyone else in the photo.

You won’t regret it!  🙂

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Showing the pin board at work.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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