Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, is part of the Norway Pavilion within Epcot’s World Showcase. Akershus provides a Disney Princess Storybook Dining experience in a medieval castle-themed restaurant. It is the only place in all of Disney World that you can meet almost all of your beloved Disney Princess in one location.
My family and I had the pleasure of dining here with our little princess on our last trip. We started out our day trying to get the little one awake as the seating times are pretty early considering the World Showcase is one of the last areas to open. Once we got to the park and they checked our name at the gate we make a mad dash to the Banquet Hall, as usual we are late again. No worries though, we check in and have a minimal wait. Mostly for little girls to have their pictures taken.
As we enter the restaurant Belle is waiting for us so my little one can meet her and have her picture taken. She loves Belle and is in shock she is actually getting to meet her. You can see she is nervous in the picture below.
Looking around I notice all the little girls dressed up as princesses. At this moment my wife and I wish we would have brought more than one Princess outfit on our trip. She was Mulan the night before at Cinderella’s Royal Table. She got a lot of compliments and many people said you don’t see Princess Mulan much. Check out the review I wrote over at the Disney Food Blog here.
As we make our ways to our seats our little DD spots all the other princesses walking around. There is Sleeping Beauty, Briar Rose/Princess Aurora, Ariel, and Cinderella. Personally I think Disney should bring in Mulan and Jasmine everyday to complete out the set. We had a hard time getting both Jasmine & Mulan’s autograph while on our vacation.
Our meal was somewhat unique and different than all the other character breakfasts. They have a bar you can go and get cold items such as fruit, yogurt, and even cheese. All the hot items are brought to your table and you can ask for more of any item you like. It was a very good breakfast, unfortunatly it was mostly American food. I was hoping for something unique to Europe. For example Ohana has the yummy breakfast breads that are so delicious and the Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) which i kinda over did it on. While it was good nothing like that stood out for me.
All the Princesses make their rounds to the table. Our DD has met some of them already and we had to remind Cinderella she saw her last night at dinner..Wink Wink. Also this was the second time our little one met Briar Rose. While it was not the same person, both times she met her Briar Rose was wonderful! She was so gentle and caring with our little one and we did not feel rushed to get a picture and autograph.
The overall experience was great. We had no complaints and no real issues. Our server was great and kept everything filled without having to ask! The food was good, and the atmosphere delightful.
I highly recommend if you have a little one get her dressed up and pop in for a visit. Be sure to have a Advance Dining Reservation as you will need it. I know for us we will be making a point to come here on every vacation, and so should you.
Have you eaten here before? How was it? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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