Caught in a Maelstrom
|March 16, 2013||Posted by John Saye under EPCOT||
Take your place on a 10th century style longboat and make your way through the mysterious lands and enchanted swamps of Norway. There’s a huge drop, the boat twists around as you see three headed trolls, giant polar bears and the treachery of modern man. Not shown in the ride along video is an additional film designed to be watched as you exit the ride that warns about the dangers of off shore oil refineries and how we are essentially destroying our land through our consumption of and need of fossil fuels.
Maelstrom is a big allegory about how we as humans are very powerful and have lined up great accomplishments over the years, but that we have to be careful not to blow it as we exploit the land. It’s a message that isn’t lost all around EPCOT. I think this ride is due for an update, as the film is too long, and is slightly on the preachy side. I see most people around me who ride this just skip the film and make their way back out into the Florida sun rather than watch it.
Ride times can crank right up there, fast passes are best, but this is worth it, but its a really short ride, too short to entice me if the lines are long. Also, around the corner in Norway is a small area where you can see some viking armor, very interesting, air conditioned, and not very crowed. Worth looking for if you’ve got some time and you are waiting for a fast pass to come up.