Photo Spot: EPCOTs ‘Maelstrom’ Ride Vehicle Masthead

A maelstrom is defined as a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river or a situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil. The word comes from an early Dutch proper noun that is a combination of the verb malen (“to grind”) and the noun stroom (“stream”). Did you know that the now-defunct attraction Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion at EPCOT had a double meaning?

The waters of Norway are indeed turbulent and the guests who rode Maelstrom the attraction… backwards, were certainly confused by the turmoil!

c. 2014

Whether you’re a Maelstrom fan or prefer the new Frozen overlay of the attraction (2016 onward), one thing we can all agree on is just how awesome the boat-shaped ride vehicles were/are!

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