The Great Movie Ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and the Rainbow Corridor are some of the retired attractions at Disney World that I miss dearly, but Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion was a particularly sad closing for me. This was mainly due to my grandfather’s connection to the ride. His company was occasionally brought in to help with the creation of theme park attractions. My grandfather became like a kid when he would talk about the Maelstrom. He loved that this attraction showcased his Norwegian heritage. When I was a child, he would tell me stories of this project and his excitement was palpable. His eyes would become wide as he would describe the troll that would pop out and how we just might fall out of the building.
It saddens me that this attraction is gone and that the narrative is only a memory now. In honor of the Maelstrom, I decided to head over the Mexico pavilion to try the Maelstrom margarita. The Maelstrom margarita is available inside the pyramid at La Cava del Tequila. The Maelstrom comes with mango puree, orange liquor, agave, habanero peppers, and is topped with basil, blueberries and a chili powder rim. I thought this margarita had a great flavor. I enjoyed the sweet and spicy contrast, and it makes me happy that this attraction is still being honored and remembered.