Velkommem to Midnattssol Bakeri in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion!
This little kiosk (which may look familiar to fans of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival) has some big shoes to fill. You see, it’s the spot for Norwegian snack goodies while Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is undergoing a fairly extensive refurbishment.
We mentioned this temporary location a few weeks ago while we were visiting the pavilion on our way around World Showcase to try every single item at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. At the time, you could only grab a few treats at the small Norway Beer Cart. But now, Midnattssol is up and running, so let’s see which of your favorite Norway snacks are up for grabs while it’s here!
For the most part, offerings are as expected.
I mean, what’s a trip to the Norway Pavilion without a Chocolate Pretzel, Lefse (for those of you who are fans :), or Rice Cream?
And I know I don’t feel like I’ve been to the Norway Pavilion unless I’ve had some School Bread!
My School Bread couldn’t resist having its picture snapped with the Anna and Elsa topiary for the Flower & Garden Festival .
Anyway, they’re all here, along with one for the excited little Frozen fans who just met Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus, or rode Frozen Ever After — that’s Anna’s Birthday Cake. And the Norwegian Club is available for heartier appetites.
But the one brand new — and COMPLETELY unexpected — item is the Viking Dog, which you’ll now see Cast Members assembling per order at Midnattssol.
It’s an advertised ONE-POUND (is that even possible?!) all-beef hot dog topped with purple cabbage, spicy mayo, and fried onions.
There’s even bacon tucked inside because… Vikings. They must love bacon, too, right?
I don’t know if it’s a full pound, but this thing is HUGE. And I won’t vouch for it’s authenticity, either. But it’s tasty, fun, and it may even give us an idea of what might be served at Kringla Bakeri when it reopens. Do you think?
Speaking of the reopening…. Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is closed through this summer. This rather lengthy refurbishment is expected to result in an expanded bakery. And as you approach the currently closed Kringla…
…you may also notice that the entrance to its next door neighbor — the Puffin’s Roost merchandise location — is closed, too.
While we could not get a specific answer when we asked the Cast Members in Norway, it certainly looks as though the expanded Kringla location may very well go into the Puffin’s Roost. Of course, you can still find plenty o’ merch at the Wandering Reindeer as you exit Frozen Ever After. And the popular Laila perfume also remains up for grabs even though the merchandise locations are operating in limited capacity.
So, that’s the current view from Norway! We look forward to finding out what’s in store for Kringla Bakeri og Kafe when it reopens later this year! But we’re sure glad we don’t have to give up our School Bread while we wait… thanks, Midnattssol Bakeri!!
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Which items are you most happy to see on the Midnattssol Bakeri menu? Please let us know with a comment!