I really liked this character princess sit down breakfast. We had an 8 am reservation so we were in Epcot before almost everyone and took some GREAT shots! I thought the pictures w a princess that came with the res were great. I also think the amount of princesses we saw were a plus ( Ariel, jasmine, Mulan, Belle, Aurora). I didnt like the food at all. But a few other character meals we think is for the experience not the meal)
On Our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we made sure to have reservations for the Akershus Princess breakfast in Epcot park. This was the pick of our 5 year old granddaughter. This place is packed so be sure to reserve you spot with Disney Dining as soon as possible. (6 months is possible)
The restaurant is themed in the spirit of old Norway as well as the attire of the servers and hosts. As you enter, you will be allowed, as part of the cost of the Normally Belle. This picture will come in a nice folder, to your table during your meal.
Your meal is brought "family" style and includes eggs, sausage, and bacon. The best part may be the cheesy potatoes! Also there is a buffet board with pastries, breads, salami, fish and fresh fruits. The food is perfect and enjoyable and they will refill as much as you can eat.
As you have your meals, you will be visited by quite a few of the Disney Princesses who you may take pictures with and get autographs. Also throughout the visit the children are encouraged to participate with one of the princesses as they trek around they restaurant to music.
This is a one-time must do for those Princess fans, but I must say that the price could be a deal breaker. Watch for Disney's free dining offers!
Best Breakfast for Princesses. It was wonderful to meet all the princesses, to talk to them and for the children to march around the restaurant with them. The food was good and different. I loved that we got to take a Princess Photo as soon as we entered the restaurant. It was a very special time!
We enjoyed our breakfast at Akershus. We took our picture with Belle but she didnt come around to speak to anyone. We also met Arial, Jasmine, Aurora and Cinderella. We had to request Cinderella to come to our table because she kept skipping us. I have a feeling it was because we had a boy and no girls at our table but I was the one who wanted to meet her not my son :). She was nice but in a hurry so she must have been late for the dance or something.. Breakfast items were very good but the buffet cheeses and stuff were different. We stuck with the table food they served. We were so full.
Our family has done the princess breakfast here three times over the past couple years. Each time we have been very impressed with the "princess experience". We actually like this experience more than that at Cinderella's castle. The princesses are generally the same as those at Cinderella's castle and this experience only requires one dining credit while Cinderella's costs two dining credits. The food at each is fine (we don't really go to character meals for the food!:). When we visited Cinderella's castle a year ago, you ordered from a limited menu (you can view all menus on allears.net) and are served at your table. At Akershus, there is a small buffet of muffins, etc and then food is also brought to the table (bacon and eggs, if I remember correctly). The view of the park from Cinderella's castle can't be beat, but overall I think this is a better value and a wonderful experience. We last visited in December 2012 and had a great time. Belle was wonderful with my 6 year old and 12 month old and spent a lot of time to get a good picture with them. My 6 year old always enjoys the princess parade at Akershus as well. One note of caution though-we forgot our autograph book so I had to go back to get it. If the doors close before you return, they generally do not let you in to join your party so make sure your group arrives together!
First of all, the ambience of this place cannot be beat. It really feels like you are in a Norwegian Castle. When you first get in, Belle will be waiting to take a picture with you and chat with your family. They will bring this photo around later and try to get you to buy it. Then once you get to the table, they will bring you breakfast family style in a large serving bowl. The potato casserole is delicious. We found all the breakfast offerings to be wonderful here. Then the princesses make their way around the place and this is the main draw of this meal. They actually spent time talking with the kids, asking their name, what they like to do, etc.. Snow White even made my son (then 7) an honorary dwarf and made him stand up and close his eyes. She kissed him on the forehead and he walked around proudly all day with that red lipstick on his forehead! A great time, a great place to see the princesses. Much better food and experience than Cinderella's Royal Table.
The Princess Storybook breakfast at Askerhus was one of our favorite dining experiences. My sister suggested that we try to go for "brunch" so we got a 10:45 reservation and we weren't disappointed! You can serve yourself from a buffet of yogurt, cheeses, deli meats, and bread, and they will also serve eggs, sausage, and potatoes family style at the table. We LOVED the potato casserole and I've been trying to find a copycat recipe online ever since we went! You get a complimentary picture with Belle when you first walk in, which doesn't happen often at Disney. I felt like the princesses were especially attentive, and even went out of their way to charm my son, who was 5. My daughter loved the "princess parade" where you get to walk through the restaurant with the princesses. We will definitely go back on our next trip!
The meet and greet with the princesses here was probably the best we've ever had - almost every princess came to our table and took a picture with our family. The food was a little iffy - we attended for lunch and it's pretty heavy food (sauced meatballs) plus it is more Norwegian fare of course. So I would recommend more as a dinner since we were all pretty full once we left.
If you have kids who are picky and like just regular food, they may not eat much but the staff is really nice to point out some of the plan foods/fruits that are available and they do accomodate for diets.
It's also less expensive than some of the other meet and greet meals and doesn't get too crowded, so if you missed reservations at Cinderella's Table, this is a good back-up option.
Plan to spend a good hour here is you want to visit with everyone because they make their rounds but take their time in talking to the kids (I like that but if you're in a hurry, you may not see all the princesses). You also leave with a photo w/a princess - ours was Belle (not sure if it's that way for all meals or if the princess changes).
We did not want to use 2 credits to see the Princesses and to eat in the castle at Magic Kingdom, so we decided to try Akershus Storybook Breakfast in Epcot instead. We were pleasantly surprised at how lovely the setting was, how great the interaction was and how delicious the food was! The setting inside is still castle like, so that is exciting for the little princesses. The Princess characters have plenty of room too roam around and visit your table and take pictures. The main attraction here though was the food. You have a hot plate brought to your table that has eggs, bacon, sausages, hashbrown casserole, and biscuits and then there is a buffet that has fruit and other pastries. You do get a picture with Belle here as well that is included in the price of your package! While you don't get to see Cinderella here, this is a great alternative to the much more expensive meal option in Magic Kingdom. I suggest that you bring a dress to dress your little Princess up in as they seemed to dote on our little girl when she was dressed up.
We have two young boys that are not very thrilled with eating with princesses but "toughed" it out for their cousins :) However, they LOVED this restaurant. We ate breakfast here at one of the earliest reservations, which was awesome to enter the park early! The princesses were very attentive to our children and even had a fun parade. I had the best cherry Danish I have ever eaten in my life here and cannot wait to go back!
My daughter loves the princesses and we wanted to eat at Norway but the lunch and dinner did not appeal. The meal at breakfast was good but what gives this an excellent rating was the interaction. My daughter had a great time and we got some good shots.
This was a meal my daughter still talks about months later! When you first walk in, you meet Belle and take pictures, which are brought to your table during the meal. As the princesses made their way around, my daughter was watching so intently and getting more and more excited as they wound closer to the table. When they finally made it to her, she was giddy. The princesses took their time and talked so easily to her.
We went for breakfast, and it was good, with something for everyone. We we also in world showcase before it was open, which was really neat, and wwe were able to get some great pictures without a bunch of other people in the way.
By the way, if you do the dining package, this is only 1 credit and you get souvenir pictures included in the package.
My kids loved this meet and greet the food was pretty good way better than what I expected the girls spent quit a bit of time with the princesses and enjoyed themselves. It was alittle loud bit everything is loud at Disney we will be back during pur next trip
this was one of our favorites. it was quieter than Cinderella's castle... you enter and get your picture taken with Belle in her yellow dress. All of the picture package is included which is a real treat. the cheesy potatoes are unreal!! we loved how the characters really took their time going table to table and did not act rushed. well worth the meal!!
We love Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, breakfast is probably our favorite.
Sure, it's just your typical eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, etc that's brought to your table. But it's good and warm. You also get the cold buffet. My girls love this part. Of course, they also love the whole princess thing, too.
Just like other character dining locations, each princess visits your table and chats a bit and then poses for a photo. There are no lines and you can enjoy a meal in a beautifully cool setting while waiting.
Wait, no. There is a line. But it's not bad. Upon entering, you stand in a line to take a picture with Belle. (She's the only princess that doesn't make rounds at the tables.) The line is worth it because the picture that you take with her goes home with you. During your meal, your picture is delivered to your table, a gift from the princess.
Note: Reservations are highly recommended. Akershus is more readily available than Cinderella's Royal Table.
You have a bunch of options when it comes to character meals - various characters, time of day, location, etc.
Our 2 year old Lily Bean is complete Princess-junkie. So for us, it was a no-brainer... we knew we wanted to take her to a meal populated by princesses. We went back and forth between Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom) and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot). We ultimately chose the Epcot location for 2 reasons: 1) it was a little bit cheaper and 2) the princess that greets you when you enter is almost always Belle from Beauty in the Beast. Belle is one of Lily Bean's very favorite princesses, so we thought we would get a much bigger reaction to Belle and her signature YELLOW DRESS.
Note: Admission to this restaurant requires an admission ticket to Epcot Center
Location: Epcot Center in World Showcase (Norway)
Meals served: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended and it is not uncommon for the restaurant to be fully booked - so reserve your spot early (a $10 per person deposit is required to hold your reservation). We booked our meal around 3 months before our trip.
Price: Kids under 3 are FREE. Kids 3-9: breakfast $10, lunch $20, dinner $21 & Adults: breakfast $31, lunch $33, dinner $38. Soft drinks are included (kids can also choose from water, juice or milk). Alcohol is available for an additional charge.
Characters: Disney Princesses - appearance schedule can vary (we saw: Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Jasmine)
Princess Meet and Greet: When you first enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a princess - we were greeted by Belle. I must say - I know that Disney goes to extremes when it comes to handpicking actors to portray their characters... but Bob and I were both ASTOUNDED by how perfectly authentic the young lady playing Belle appeared. Her hair, her face, her voice, her demeanor, her YELLOW DRESS were all absolutely perfect. This was on day 2 of our park visiting. Lily was slowly warming up to the characters and was so excited to put on her Belle dress. But when we actually saw Belle - she was completely overwhelmed.
Belle was so wonderful with her. She saw her fear and immediately (and very gracefully!) moved from a standing to a kneeling position so that she could be on eye-level with Lily. She had the kindest tone and told Lily how much she loved her dress, etc. S-L-O-W-L-Y Lily realized that this experience, in fact, was not a punishment, rather something to be enjoyed. The second that we walked away from Belle, she was a total chatterbox and it was "Belle this" and "Belle that."
Included in this meal is also a picture package - what a nice souvenir! We received (1) 8x10 print and (3) matching 4x6 prints in a protective cover.
Meal Style: Family style - server takes your drink and meal order and makes several check-backs for drink refills, etc. When you are seated, you are directed to a small buffet style appetizer bar. You will find rolls, chilled salads and some traditional Norwegian fare- including smoked salmon and Norwegian cheeses.
We ate dinner at Akershus.
I enjoyed a delicious and filling mustard-glazed seared salmon - SO good! Biker Bob tried the traditional Kjottkake (beef and pork dumplings) - he said his was scrumptious. Lily Bean ate off the kids' menu (cheese ravioli!).
For dessert we were brought a plate of traditional Norwegian treats - 3 total - to share. There was plenty to go around. The only one that I didn't care for was the Traditional Rice Cream - but I don't like rice pudding, so that was a no brainer. :) I really liked the other two desserts and Bob loved all three.
Princesses During Mealtime: Throughout our meal, we had several princesses stop by our table to say hello. Every princess stops at every table - they will engage your child(ren) in a short conversation, pose for pictures and sign autograph books. Lily loved watching the princesses as they made their way from table to table. As each one stopped at our table, she had a shy attack and slowly warmed back up.
But by FAR - the most magical moment of the evening was when Snow White arrived at our table. Lily met Show White the day before at Magic Kingdom and had immediately drawn the conclusion that they were BFFs. So as Snow White gracefully swooped over to our dinner table that night, Lily was already enamored. Snow White started to tell Lily how much she enjoys baking Gooseberry Pies with the dwarves, and I commented that Lily LOVES CAKE. Snow White took that and ran. The two of them discussed their love for cakes. While Bob and I wept quietly in our chairs. ;)
Those are truly the magical moments that people seek when they go on trips like this. I can't look at that picture without reliving the moment. I can't relive the moment without grinning from ear to ear and thinking about our perfect evening at Epcot.
Conclusion: This character meal is going to get 4 out of 4 stars from us. We loved the food, we loved the entertainment, we loved the time spent with each other.
We also really liked the fact that the meal included a complimentary picture package.
When all was said and done, our meal (including tip) came to just under $100. We used some of the credit on our Disney Chase Visa Rewards Card, so it was actually FREE.
If you have a princess (or princesses) of your own, we highly recommend this character meal, based on our own experience there.
We make it a point to go to Disney each year and each time my daughter has always wanted to go to the Princess Storybook Breakfast but we never planned ahead to spend time there. This year we made sure we picked out a day where it was just us girls! She loved feeling like a princess and was completely in awe when she got to take pictures with all of them. Extremely fun time; even I enjoyed it!
This is our favorite princess meal. The food is really good- a combination of family style at your table and buffet. Princesses come to each table to visit. Photos with one of the princesses are complimentary with your meal. This is our favorite princess experience by far and it only requires one table service credit for the Disney Dining Plan.
I, myself, felt like a little kid when I went to the Princess Storybook Breakfast. The food there was so delicious and the staff was extremely accomodating and friendly. The princesses there was so friendly that they made me want to morph into a little girl and get in pictures with them. The smiles on the faces of the children made it all worth it for me.
Great meal/experience for your family. We went during dinner as we are not big breakfast eaters Breakfast is american fare, dinner norweigen, although kids 1-9 did not have a problem finding things they liked. Buffet of salads, bread and dessert and order main course. It is only 1 TS credit at this time, they say there will be 4-5 princesses there and rotate which one you take a photo with, the others come around during dinner like other character meals. The photo is included in the price too. Great experience, although fills up fast and expect them to be behind at the reservation desk.