The World Showcase at Epcot is an exciting blend of cultures from around the globe. From authentic Moroccan falafel to traditional Mexican music, there is so much to excite and delight as you amble from one pavilion to another. Today, though, we are on a mission, and head straight for one of our favorite places at Epcot: the Norway Pavilion.
As we approach a beautiful replica of a twelfth century stave church and a fearsome Norwegian warrior, we see guests waiting to dine with princesses at the castle-inspired Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Families explore the themed shops nearby, and take photos with a gigantic troll waiting inside. While the surroundings are authentic enough to make you feel like you are in Norway, there is one thing that especially reminds you where you are: the throngs of excited guests dressed in costume and eager to experience the Frozen Ever After attraction.
One of the most popular attractions at Epcot, the Frozen Ever After attraction is buzzing with excitement. Families are greeted by smiling Norway Cultural Representatives who not only operate the attraction, but also interact with hundreds of guests per day. They offer help when needed, answer questions, and most importantly, share their culture with people from around the world. While the setting of the pavilion is beautiful, it is the Cultural Representatives who add the touch of magic that makes the pavilion a special place.
To learn more about the Norway Cultural Representative Program, we spoke with Stine, an attractions hostess:
What do you love most about working in Attractions?
I love getting into character to play along with the Frozen/Arendelle theme, and providing guests with a magical experience through Arendelle. Nothing makes me happier than seeing smiles on people’s faces when they get off the ride.
What is your favorite part about the program and why?
My favorite part is having the opportunity to work for Disney in the United States. Learning about new cultures and having a career opportunity with this company has been invaluable.
How will you use the skills you have gained from your role once you return to Norway?
Skills like safety and guest interaction are two really important skills you learn in attractions, and Disney has really high standards for those. When I return to Norway, I will have a deeper understanding of those skills and I will use that in future jobs, interviews and situations outside of work. It will help me represent myself the best way I can, not only at work, but with family and friends, too.
Can you describe the program using three adjectives?
Challenging, unforgettable, adventurous!
Speaking of adventures, we have to board our boat, take a deep breath, and get ready to experience the world of Frozen come to life. Wish us luck as we venture to Arendelle on Frozen Ever After!
For information on the Norway Cultural Representative Program, click here.