We've known for a while that the heroines of Disney's upcoming animated feature Frozen would inevitably make their way into Walt Disney World; the only questions surrounding the matter were "Where?" and "When?". This past Monday, some of that mystery was lifted as the Disney Parks Blog announced that come November, Epcot's Norway Pavilion would become the new home of Princesses Anna and Elsa, as well as the location for an exhibit "exploring how the culture and beauty of Norway" contributed to the film's production. This bit of news, while not inherently upsetting or offensive, has sent more than a few Epcot purists into a rage. Why, you may ask? That new exhibit is being plopped smack dab in the middle of the Stave Church Gallery... and giving the proverbial boot to the Vikings that have been there from the Pavilion's opening day in 1988.
The controversy surrounding the announcement stems chiefly from the "princess culture" that seems to be dominating Disney parks and properties as of late, as well as concern over retaining the cultural richness that the World Showcase was designed to celebrate. I'll save my opinions (and believe me, I've got 'em) for another post, but I wanted to pay my respects with this week's Snapshot Sunday. One of my biggest regrets is that I never took the opportunity to experience this exhibit for myself; I'm kicking myself for passing it by mere months ago, assuming that I'd hit it on my next visit. Consider my lesson learned!
Rest in peace, "Conquerors of the Sea"
Are you sad to see the current exhibit go? The Stave Church Gallery has already been closed to make way for its Frozen makeover, and is slated to reopen in November.