After a months-long refurbishment, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is now open again in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. The bakeri has massively expanded its footprint, taking over some little used merchandise space at The Puffin’s Roost next door. Even though it has more than doubled its size, guests can rest assured that some of their favorite items are still offered from park open to close, including the very popular School Bread. Let’s take a look around.
The exterior remains the same.
Cast Members have a short opening procedure where they let those in the area know that the location is open.
Even though it looks the same from the exterior, the space opens up immediately once guests step inside.
It’s hard to imagine now, but the entire service area use to be on the guest side of the current setup. That means that both the Cast Member serving area and the guest line (in addition to the counter and food display) were in the current guest space. Counting the guest space, display cases, Cast Member service area, and kitchen, the bakeri more than doubled in size.
Here’s a look at the food items on offer.
Logistically, the bakeri saw some upgrades too, including a new coffee maker and some increases in production capacity thanks to two new ovens.
There are new portable wine options from Woodbridge. These single serve offerings are shatter proof and perfect to take “to-go”.
Sticking with adult drinks, we see the removal of the Glacier Shot, but are told it could return in a mixed drink form in the future. A new look for the Aass brewery offering tap makes its way into the refreshed location.
The old version of the tap can still be found at the Norway beer cart. A fun backstory on the old version of the tap goes like this: Aass Brewery (pronouced “ouss”) is the oldest active brewery in Norway, but when Disney wanted to bring their beer to Epcot, they didn’t have a tap that they could use. Disney reached out to a traditional Norwegian woodworker to make a tap for them that resembles a figurehead from a traditional viking ship. When the woodworker had finished his work, he asked what the tap would be used for. When he was told it was for the Norway Pavilion in Epcot, he told the representative from Disney that he was one of the original woodworkers that worked on the Stave Church in Epcot! You can see the original tap below in the middle of the photo and it’s the same one still used in the Norway beer cart today.
In related news, the Midnattsol Bakeri, which served as a temporary location while Kringla Bakeri was under refurbishment, is expected to be removed from the World Showcase promenade shortly. The one item that guests may be sad to learn didn’t make the move into Kringla Bakeri when it reopened is the Viking Dog. It simply wasn’t enough of a traditional item to make it onto the permanent menu. That said, you can expect to see it again as part of the one day only Norway offering come New Years Eve.
The Kringla Bakeri is open from park open to park close.