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“Princess Parade”

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Ranked #479 of 4,083 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $36 - $59
Cuisines: Norwegian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, part of the Norway Pavilion within Epcot theme parkWorld Showcase, provides a Disney Princess Storybook Dining experience in a medieval castle-themed restaurant. Here, you can delight in American cuisine for breakfast and Norwegian-inspired entrees for lunch and dinner.Each meal starts with an adventurous "Taste of Norway," an impressive Norwegian buffet (koldtbord) of cold dishes. For breakfast, American favorites are served family style as well as from a breakfast buffet featuring breakfast breads, a yogurt station and a selection of fresh fruit.
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Took my 5 year old princess to Akershus in October. It was lots of fun to see Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, and even Cinderella! They were all very sweet, especially Cinderella. We had an 8:30 reservation and were seated within 5 minutes. Scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes and sausage are brought to the table to share. Everything was ok but the sausage was really good. The buffet included bagels, yogurt, fruit, pastries and some fish. It's not cheap, but less expensive than the Royal table at Magic Kingdom. Overall, I would recommend it for the princess in your life as mine really lit up - but there's no need to drag other family members to the meal (I saw staff trying to include boys but they were NOT interested). Make it a mother or father and daughter deal while other family hits Epcot. And - it beats standing in line 5 times over for 30+ minutes each time to see these gals - that alone was worth the price of admission for me!

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We booked this as a birthday treat for one of our party after cancelling Cinderellas royal table due to poor reviews.
we were a party of 12, with 5 special needs adults including one in a wheelchair and 2 young children so booking was essential.
Arrived 10 minutes before our booking time and was told we would be seated shortly.
after 35 minutes, and everyone else going in ahead of us I pointed out that we were still standing around and we were finally allowed in to have our photo with Princess Aurora.
Restaurant was pretty full, and the sitting was obviously well underway as most people were sat with their starters enjoying interacting with the princesses.
Main course and drinks order taken, and we started sorting out starters for everyone whilst an assortment of princesses arrived one after another without a pause in-between (and half the party off trying to sort out food). I Took as many photos as I could whilst still trying to sort out the special needs adults, then even before some of us had been to the starter buffet the mains came out and were just plonked down on the table.
We finally got someone's attention and they took them away again until we were ready.
Its a real shame, as the starters and mains were actually really nice, but the way we were rushed through, the amount of time we were just left standing around outside and the level of service inside totally ruined what should have been a magical event.
To top it all off, the bill came out and they had lumped an 18% service charge on of nearly £40. Needless to say we summoned a manager, told them what we thought and demanded they remove the service charge.
Bottom line, the most expensive meal we had during our stay, nice food, worst service and felt like we were on a conveyor belt.

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2  Thank Phil_Hubble
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Dined for dinner at Akershus during our visit. Was booked for the interaction with the Princesses which was top notch for our 6 year old. And the food was excellent. Buffet style for the appetiser, you have a choice of one of 6 mains, and a dessert tasting plate is brought out at the end. Whilst the whole experience was very good indeed, as others have mentioned, bookings mean jack as we had to line up with everyone else and weren't seated until approx 20 mins after our booking time. And it is pricey no doubt. But the fact that you receive a photo with the resident princess upon arriving at no extra charge makes this better value than some other character meals that we had.
We would definitely do this again.

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1  Thank TravellerGoat
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Meals offered:
Akershus offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are characters present at all of the meals. Specifically, Akershus caters to the little princesses, featuring Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, and Belle.

Food:
Breakfast is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet, consisting of traditional foods like eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, as well as a few traditional Norwegian offerings such as peppered mackerel and tomato herring. The lunch menu includes item such as salmon cakes, a grilled beef sandwich, and a traditional Norwegian dish called Kjøttkake(Norwegian meatballs). The dinner menu overlaps a bit with the lunch menu, but with the addition of several heartier entrees such as braised beef short ribs and grilled pork chops. There is a “Taste of Norway” appetizer bar included in the cost of lunch and dinner, offering salads, cheeses, and traditional Scandinavian seafood. At the end of the meal (lunch and dinner), your server will bring a family style dessert platter, consisting of three “Norwegian inspired” desserts. The children’s menu at both lunch and dinner offer the usual (hot dogs, pizza) and also a few more adventurous options like salmon, cheese ravioli (shaped like Mickey!) and roasted chicken breast.

I’ve eaten at Akershus with my daughter and family members on two separate occasions, both during lunch service. I personally ate the open-faced chicken sandwich both times, but tasted the mushroom stuffed ravioli and the open-faced beef sandwich off the plates of my family. I would say all of the food was flavorful, and of high quality. The “Taste of Norway” buffet is a nice way to start your meal, allowing you to choose a traditional starter like a simple salad, or something more adventurous like the Scandinavian seafood options.

The Experience:
Dining at Akershus begins with a photo of your little princess or your entire family with Belle, taken by a Disney photographer. Following your photo, your party will be seated in one of the three dining spaces in the “castle”. A server will come to your table, take your drink and entrée order, and then direct you to the “Taste of Norway” appetizer bar. During your meal, each princess (Ariel, Aurora, and Snow White) will visit your table and give you the opportunity to take a photo and get an autograph. Approximately once an hour, the princesses will gather in the center section of the restaurant and collect all of the “little princesses” from their tables for a princess procession around the restaurant. At some point during your meal, you will be presented with “a gift from Belle” (several copies of the photo taken at the beginning of your meal).

Value:
Before we talk money, let’s keep in mind that this is a Disney dining experience, and a character experience at that. An adult meal (those 10 years of age and older) will cost you between $40 and $50 dollars, depending on your dates of travel. A child under the age of 10 will cost $24 to $27 dollars.

Granted, $40 dollars is a lot of money to spend on lunch or dinner. However, you have to keep the “experience” in mind. For $40 dollars, you are meeting four or five princesses (without waiting or standing in line), you are getting several professional photos of you and your children with Belle, and you are having the experience of eating in a medieval castle. Where else but Disney can you say you ate in a castle and met princesses?

The photo package is also included in the price of your meal. The only other restaurant at Disney with a photo included is Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is considerably MORE expensive than Akershus (and will also cost you TWO meal credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan).

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4  Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

I will keep this short and sweet. Expect to wait in line despite having reservation. The princesses were wonderful and interacted flawlessly with the children. Food was good though uninspiring but you truly dine here for the princesses not the food. Service was just okay. Overall it is a great princess experience and a good use of a table service meal if you are on the dining plan.

1  Thank sroark
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