Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Home of the Storybook Princess Meals
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is home to Epcot's Princess Storybook Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Yep, that's right guys, it's a Princess Storybook character breakfast. Suck it up, plaster a smile on your face, dress up your little Princess and have a ball, or just eat like a king. (Somehow Dad missed this one. Sorry Princess.)
The Royal Banquet hall is a great place for a meal fit for a princess. It's modeled after a famous fortress/castle by the same name in Oslo. Huge, hand carved, wood beams (hey, it's Disney, they might look hand carved but might be made of concrete, you can never tell) lead to soaring ceilings making this a regal setting for the regal (and, might I say) beautiful Princesses.
Home of Princess Storybook Dining
Photo by Bill Barber
Important Point: You will need an admission to Epcot to get to the restaurant.
At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, each table will be visited by Princesses. They circulate around the room and visit each table signing autographs, hugging guests (sorry, guys, but they only hug the small guests) and posing for pictures.
Princess Jasmine at Akershus
Photo by jeffchristiansen
The Princesses that are normally found are Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Mulan and Mary Poppins. They arrive at tables on a rotating schedule. That means you probably won't see all of them, but you will be visited by 2 or 3 during your meal.
The Princess Storybook Breakfast starts at 8:30 (yes, you can get into the park before it officially opens at 9:00) and ends at exactly 11:10. Lunch starts at promptly at 11:40 and ends at 2:50. Dinner is from 4:20 to 8:40. Yes, Disney is that precise with their times.
Yes, you are in the Norway pavilion, but you will still get the standard Disney restaurant breakfast items which include -
- Bacon, Sausage
- Scrambled Eggs
- Potato Casserole
- Seasonal Fruit
- Cinnamon Rolls
Breakfast is served Family Style which means a pile of food is brought to your table and you get to fill your plates from the piles.
Lunch at Akershus is a little more adventurous than breakfast. You start out by checking out the Fra Koltboardt (The Taste of Norway) which has sliced meats and cheeses, fresh salads, peel and eat shrimp and breads. You can also select from several entree selections that include some traditional Norwegian dishes.
- Pasta Akershus
- Salmon Burger
- Grilled Vegetable Stuffed Pasta
- Sauteed Chicken Breast
- Traditional Kjottkaker
- Grilled Venison Sausage
The children's menu for lunch features the Koltboardt and a choice of the following
- Grilled Chicken Breast
- Cheese Ravioli
- Hot Dog
Lunch is followed up with a Royal Chef's Dessert Plate that includes a Rice Cream topped with a Strawberry Sauce, a Sweet and Savory Chocolate Mousse and a Apple Tart. It's a great way to stuff yourself in preparation for your afternoon nap.
The Dinner Buffet at Akershus
Dinner is the highlight of the day. The entrees are both even more adventurous than lunch. Dinner, like lunch, starts out with a trip to the Koltboardt with the same selections.
- Mustard Glazed Grilled Salmon
- Sauteed Chicken Breast
- Grilled Vegetable-stuffed Pasta
- Citrus-marinated Mahi Mahi
- Grilled Pork Chop
- Seared Herb-dusted Beef Tips
The children's menu and dessert are the same at lunch and dinner.
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Dad's Bottom Line
The Princess Storybook Character Meal is a great way for your little Princess to see their favorite Princesses. Akershus Royal Banquet hall is a beautiful restaurant. Check it out.