My favorite dining experience for any little princess is the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall located in Epcot’s World Showcase in the land of Norway. I do love the atmosphere of being inside Cinderella’s Castle for Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom but my personal experience with the character interaction has always been better at Akershus. We absolutely love it here! It is also a better value (only one Disney Dining credit as opposed to two for Cinderella’s Royal Table)!
|First interaction with a real princess...can't ya tell?|
Akershus serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the princesses are greeting guests throughout the entire day. The characters are on a rotating schedule therefore there is no guarantee which characters will appear but you can probably expect some of the following: Belle, Ariel (in ballgown), Mulan, Jasmine Snow White, Princess Aurora, or Mary Poppins. As you can see in the photos, Cinderella used to appear at Akershus but word on the street is that she no longer appears here. (I will be visiting again in October so I will verify that.) Keep in mind that admission to Epcot is also required for this experience as well. Another bonus to this meal is that it includes an imaging package (4-4x6 prints and 1-6x8 print with one of the princesses - usually Belle - in a themed folder). This photo is taken upon entering the hall in a more formal setting (and before any of your child’s meal ends up on their costume).
Now to the food: For lunch and dinner, everyone’s royal feast begins with a “Taste of Norway” which includes sliced deli meats, seafood, salads, and cheese. Then the main courses are ordered off the menu giving you choices that range from pork tenderloin, beef tips, salmon, Norwegian meatballs, chicken or pasta. Lunch also includes a couple of sandwich selections. Children get a choice of meatballs, hot dog, pizza, chicken, ravioli, or salmon. Desserts are served family style and include chocolate mousse, rice cream, and pastry. Breakfast is served family style and also includes a buffet of American selections including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and fresh seasonal fruit. Keep in mind, there is also a selection of specialty drinks that are additional but are well worth it!
To make your experience the best it can be, have your little one dress up as her favorite princess (maybe even a trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique beforehand) and be sure to come armed with an autograph book and camera! Also have a few questions handy that she (or he) would like to know about the princess or her friends/family.It’s so amazing to listen to how prepared and well rehearsed the princesses are to field any question that you throw at them. It also enhances the whole experience and chemistry of the interaction and lengthens the time of their stay at your table. I usually concentrate more on videotaping the experience and have to be reminded to take a snapshot because the dialogue between to the little ones and their idols is just so precious...and usually quite hilarious!
Attending a meal at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a treasure to be experienced at least once. I never hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone so I hope you like it too. Enjoy!
Tricia Kalita is a Disney Gal who loves finding something new and exciting on every Disney Parks vacation, enjoys every minute of being a Disney Vacation Club owner, has found a love for running thanks to runDisney, and strives to spread the Magic of Disney to all that will listen. To learn more about Tricia, click here.