Take a virtual audio trip in this installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, brought to you in immersive binaural / 3D / spatial sound, experiencing another magical memory from Walt Disney World. In today’s memory, you will join us as we pause at the Norway Pavilion, and join the crowd gathered to laugh at the mischievous antics of the Barn Santa.
Well hello and welcome to the WDW-Memories Podcast where together we relive that Walt Disney World Magic. My name is Lou and I’ll once again be your host on this magical adventure.
Well, it’s summertime. Families are vacationing, the pools are open once again, and the busy travel season has begun. If you’re like me, you are dreaming of another trip to Walt Disney World but don’t know when you’ll be able to make it back. Don’t fret though, we’ll get to enjoy another memory of the parks, and escape there through another binaural memory. So let’s begin.
So we’re continuing our adventures in Epcot on a beautiful Sunday in December of 2021. The sun is warm, and the sky is mostly clear. It’s a perfect Florida winter afternoon, even if it’s a little too warm in the sun.
If you remember from Memory 273, we were finished watching the Chinese Lion Dance, and we are on our way to get something to eat at the Regal Eagle Smokehouse. This is our first time ordering with mobile ordering and doing pickup, so we don’t know how this will work. As we’re approaching, I click the “we’re here” button, and then we go wait. As of this recording, we’re asked to wait outside the dining room until our screen changes and notifies us our order is ready. Unfortunately, this was the worst wait of the whole trip, but eventually, after about 10-15 minutes, our order is ready and we are allowed to enter and pick up our order. The smoked chicken was good, a little dry. The brisket sandwich was ok. but the surprise winner was the vegetarian jackfruit (which was served with a Beyond Burger also) and was excellent. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to listen to us eat, I cut all that out.
After finishing eating, we’ll head back out into the heat of the day, and at the Lines App recommendation, we should go to Spaceship Earth. As we begin that way and near Norway, a crowd has formed for the Holiday Storyteller who is about to come out. This is probably our favorite storyteller, so we had to show the kids now while we are here, so we get a spot along the rope and soon the characters appear. You’ll hear us laughing along as the barn Santa freezes poor Sigrid, forces her to put her arms up in the air, and spins her around. There is even a minor mishap with one of the props that force some extra improv, much to the delight of the audience. As the show wraps, we’ll resume our quest toward the front of the park in search of our next adventure.
As I mentioned earlier, the food was good. The ambiance was barbeque joint. But really, the benefit of being able to order ahead, review the menu at our leisure, and pick up when we’re ready was the best part. And if you’re at all hesitant about eating Vegetarian, the Jackfruit sandwich will blow your mind.
As for the Norway Holiday Storytellers, what else can I say than GO SEE THEM. They will leave you laughing and sharing your experience with everyone you meet. It’s so worth stopping for the 10-minute show.