Have you long loved stopping by Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion and ordering a Rice Cream, Lefse, Berry Cream Puff, or School Bread?
And if so, were you bummed out these past several months while the Bakeri was closed for refurbishment? Because even though you could purchase select offerings at the temporary Midnattsol Bakeri kiosk, it just wasn’t the same… right?
Well, be bummed no more! Because Kringla Bakeri og Kafe has reopened as of today! The refurbishment is over, and we can now see the results of the work.
Although, before we could do that, there was a Viking Guard standing by, protecting Kringla into the afternoon of today’s reopening!
But at last it was time for the Opening Ceremony with the Cast Members!
NOW let’s enter those doors!
At first glance, it does not appear that much has changed at the Kafe, with the classic sign hanging over the door.
But things have indeed changed, and it starts right when you step in.
Remember how it used to be when you would walk in through the door which (quite understandably) other guests entering didn’t always realize was the end of a line rather than a stroll into a shop and suddenly everything would kind of seize up and everyone would bump into each other? Not the best way to explain it, I know. But if you’ve been there, you probably get where I’m coming from.
Anyhoo! In speaking with a manager — and as it obvious from the new presence of line columns — an improvement to flow inside the shop was one of the main things the refurbishment was focused on (along with a kitchen expansion, which resulted in taking some of the retail shop’s space to make some more room).
In fact, the store has been doubled in size.
Sure, the line changes may take a little of that “at home” feel away, but overall it’s an improvement to the function that has been needed and will make guests a lot more comfortable in the long run. Plus, the plentiful finishing touches full of Scandinavian charm still complete the scene and help everything to feel cozy and familiar.
As do the friendly Cast Members, as always!
Another change to the flow is exiting the line once you have your order in hand. Remember where the old door leading out directly to the seating area was? A window is there now, letting in some better light flow.
But, of course, you can access the outdoor area by THIS door.
And speaking of the outdoor seating area…
It’s all still there (without expansion or too much change aside from access points), offering you some shade in which to sit and enjoy your food!
Longtime Kringla Bakeri fans, rejoice! You’re about to see a LOT of familiar offerings back at the Kafe!
After the debut of the Viking Dog at Midnattsol Bakeri (the temporary kiosk in Norway during the refurbishment), we were curious if some more quirky and even heartier fare might be featured on the menu and in the bakery case after the refurb. But the emphasis (aside from a few now-familiar Frozen-themed snacks) remains on the more traditional side of things as far as Norwegian treats go.
Guests looking for more of a meal will still find sandwiches like the Ham and Apple Sandwich, Salmon and Egg Bagel, and Norwegian Club and Chef’s Salad on the entree menu.
But Kringla was always better known for its bakery — whoops! I mean bakeri — case. And here you’ll find plenty of returning favorites, like the Rice Cream, Berry Cream Puffs, Viking Chocolate Mousse, and sweet pretzels (Chocolate and the Sweet Pretzel with Almonds — plus, a Cinnamon!).
Here you go, Lefse diehards!
And all the little — and not-so-little Frozen fans will still find the Quartet of Frozen Mini Cupcakes.
Plus, it’s still Anna’s Birthday everyday at Kringla!
Let’s see… what am I forgetting? No, I’m just kidding around… I mean, was there ever any doubt that School Bread would return? (And was there ever any doubt that we would totally leave with some?)
Drinks still include Viking Coffee (with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream) and you’ll find Nordic Draft Beer like Einstock White Ale and Toasted Porter as well as Aass Pilsner on the list.
Rekorderlig Hard Cider can be found over in the chilled beverages, along with other options.
What’s missing? Well, for one… that Cinnamon Loaf we fell in love with when Kringla began serving breakfast once the Frozen Ever After attraction opened. We asked a supervisor and though she said she wasn’t 100% sure it’s gone for good, it’s not here now. It “may be a stay tuned” item. We sure hope so! In the meantime, though, check out the Cinnamon Pretzel!
I didn’t see the Troll Horn today, either.. at least, not during the time of my visit within the reopening hour. We also didn’t see the Traditional Kjottkake… the meatball dish. But again, in speaking with supervisors in the spot, things could still change. (I don’t think we’re gonna see that Viking Dog again, though.)
But, it’s hard to worry too much about that when School Bread is back where it belongs… at the newly reopened Kringla Bakeri og Kafe!
For now, it’s Ha Det from the Norway Pavilion!
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