Disney Dining ~Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, located at EPCOT in the Norway Pavilion of World Showcase, is an impeccable Princess dining experience.  You can see all your favorite princesses, enjoy a good meal, and take some time out of the busyness of the Disney Parks. Today, I want to share with you why it’s the PERFECT experience for your rincess when visiting Walt Disney World.  The moment our family was announced and entered the dining hall, we knew we were in for a magical treat!

Belle was our hostess princess.  This means that when we entered, she greeted our family.  We had our autograph books ready, and we had several photo opportunities with her.  My daughter was dressed as Snow White and was so thrilled to have a little one on one time with Belle.  There is a MemoryMaker photographer in this area, ready to take your family’s photo with Belle.  The MemoryMaker photographer was gracious enough to use my camera to take a few full family shots, which I really appreciated.  Since Belle was our hostess, she didn’t move from table to table during our meal, like the others did. This is a great opportunity to have a meet and greet with Belle in her gold ball gown.  

After we were seated, our waiter came and took our drink orders and directed us to the cold buffet.  Since we were here for breakfast, we had bagels, fruit, pastries, etc at the buffet.  When we returned to our table, our waiter had our drinks and brought us some hot dishes-eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes.  This is all you care to eat, and the server will fill your plate as often as you’d like.  Breakfast is, in my opinion, the most kid friendly meal, particularly if you have picky eaters.  The fare is pretty “normal”, whereas lunch and dinner have quite the Norwegian flair to them. 

Cinderella arrived first.  We had brought my daughter’s Little Golden Books about the princesses to use for autographs.  The princesses loved signing their “storybooks”.  They also signed her autograph book as well.  It was so super cute!  She posed with each princess, and the princesses hugged and chatted with my daughter.  Next was Aurora, then Snow White, and finally Ariel.  Each one had big smiles and hugs for our family, and it was so wonderful!  After the princesses had made their way to each room, they lined the little princesses up for a Princess Parade throughout the dining hall.  So cute!  It was ADORABLE!

Akershus is so regally decorated, and you really feel like you are in a royal banquet hall.  We chose Akerhaus over Cinderella’s Royal Table for several reasons.  The menu appeared to be something that all of our family would enjoy.  Also, they had more times available, and it was an excellent way to see the princesses up close and personal.  It was also priced slightly less than Cinderella’s Royal Table. This makes a great alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table, and I do not think that one is necessarily better than the other. 

I think that Akershus is the PERFECT experience for your princess!  It was for ours!  With Akershus and Cinderella’s Royal Table being the options for “princess meals”, I don’t think you can go wrong with either one.  But, if you can’t get into Cinderella’s Royal Table, or you’re paying out of pocket for meals and want to choose a slightly lesser expensive option, Akershus is wonderful.

Have you dined at Akershus?  What did you think?



  1. We dined there this May, we met the same Belle and Cinderella! Unfortunately for us the meeting with Belle was kind of rushed, my daughter did not have time to talk to her much, and the photo did not come out well either. But it was nice that each princess visit you at the table, and the little parade was cute. We would love to try CRT or Be Our guest next time!

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