Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is not open at this time. When we learn of an opening date, hopefully later on in 2021, I’ll update this review. In the meantime, you are welcome to read about the princess breakfast below.
This Akershus breakfast review details having a morning meal at Epcot’s Norway with princesses.
Everyone has to have breakfast while on vacation. However, breakfast with princesses is a special treat for the young and young at heart. In fact, most character dining meals at Disney World are the kind of place where you are taking someone special because you know how much they will love it.
Maybe that memory ends up really being for you in the long run, especially for those with children too young to remember. Or it might even become a core memory that your child cherishes long after the meal.
Either way, taking your children to these types of dining experiences is a selfless act of love. So in this review, I want to share my experience at the Akershus Breakfast with princesses at Epcot.
The Akershus Breakfast provides the opportunity to dine with princesses and partake in a Norwegian smorgasbord-style buffet. Guests can also expect to receive all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast platters at their table.
The platters paired with the buffet make for a fairly substantial breakfast. But the real reason most guests visit Akershus is to dine with princesses.
As you probably know, character dining is one of those “kill two birds with one stone” types of things. Rare is the day that I get any statement like that right.
The point I’m trying to make is that meeting five princesses at the Akershus breakfast might save you hours waiting in line to meet characters later in the day.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot. If you are heading into the center of the pavilion, it will be on your immediate right. The restaurant does require advanced reservations.
There are often two to three lines roped off when you enter the pavilion. The area to the far right will be to enter the line for Akershus. The arrow on the signage will indicate which way you should go to check-in.
Reservations for character dining are typically sat in staggered groups. So after checking in, it might take a few minutes for your group to be called.
The groupings of tables are to ensure that everyone meets all the princesses promptly while dining. I would say that eight times out of ten, the idea of this does work. But, occasionally, they do get behind or miss someone, and you might find yourself waiting a bit longer for an odd one out.
Akershus Breakfast Review
Rather, unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about character breakfasts in general at Walt Disney World. This picture is basically me trying to tell you the food isn’t great at Akershus and still deliver it with a smile.
I’ve had the good fortune of enjoying dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table twice in the past ten years. Both of those meals were excellent, and I really felt the value justified the higher price tag.
However, in the past few months, I’ve had a character breakfast at ‘Ohana and now this one at Akershus. Our experience at Akershus was much better than what you might remember as the “we are starving because we were seated an hour late” at ‘Ohana.
But I’m still coming up a little short on pricing versus the value of food here at Akershus. And since I wrote this initial review, I’ve also enjoyed the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace. That meal actually felt like a good value because the food and characters were wonderful.
If you’re wondering, the price for my Akershus breakfast for 1 adult came in at a whopping $52.00 before tip. My receipt estimates tip for this meal at $8.64 at a standard 18% rate.
You might remember our breakfast at ‘Ohana was $41.00, and I felt like that was really high. It’s hard to say what price would have made me feel personally good about dining here. Looking back, if I had enjoyed the food, I probably wouldn’t have anything negative to say.
So going into this type of meal, understand that the price is high because of the characters. But, it’s still a little hard for me to wrap my mind around a nearly $200 breakfast for a family of four.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers the feeling that you are sitting inside a castle. It is rather dark inside, so you might not get the best photo opportunities.
When you first enter the restaurant, you will stand in the foyer and wait for a photo opportunity with Belle. There is a PhotoPass photographer present in this area only. If you don’t have the memory maker package, they should give you a digital download card for this individual photo.
One princess will be available to greet you in this area. And this will likely be your only opportunity to meet this specific princess. A cast member told me that ninety percent of the time, Belle greets guests at the entrance.
Belle is not always easy to find in the parks, so this is a somewhat rare opportunity to meet with her. Additionally, she does meet some during the day in France at Epcot. But long lines tend to form for her rather quickly when she is out. You can also find her at Magic Kingdom’s Enchanted Tales with Belle, but that’s not a true meet and greet.
As you can see, the meet here makes for a nice picture. If your children have autograph books, make sure to have them out and ready.
Since Akershus is a buffet with platters brought tableside, the menu is not standard. However, after being seated, the server will take your drink order and then direct you to the breakfast buffet. You can view the menu here on Disney’s site.
The breakfast buffet at Akershus is not anything to write home about, as the breakfast buffet at Boma (breakfast review). Now that meal is worthy of a prize.
The buffet here is basically a selection of fruits, yogurt, and cheese, along with a few Norwegian-style smorgasbord offerings.
Most of the time, buffets tend to have these one or two items that everyone looks forward to trying. Personally, I just didn’t find anything that special here. It wasn’t bad but rather mediocre.
As you can see there are bananas along with grapes, pineapple, and several melons.
Strawberries with yogurt and toppings are also included on this portion of the breakfast buffet.
Here is a closeup.
Then you will find a few bread selections. There are bagels with cream cheese. You can pair them with the smoked salmon on the smorgasbord next door.
And of course, the very popular Mickey waffles are available on the Akershus breakfast buffet.
Here are a few of the select Norwegian items for breakfast.
That is salami and Gjetost cheese in the back center. My server told me it was a special caramelized cheese that was popular in Norway. To the far side of the cheese, smoked turkey slices were available.
There were also the usual accompaniments for the smoked salmon. These items were probably what you might consider the star of the meal as far as special menu items go.
Back at the table, you will soon find yourself with a platter of more standard breakfast items. Below we have the all-you-care-to-enjoy platter.
You can see it comes with bacon, sausage, eggs, and potato casserole.
These feel like the same items you can get at a value resort for breakfast at a $10.00 price tag.
If you are a bit skeptical, you might remember my recent breakfast over at Art of Animation (resort review) coming in at $8.70. It features the same bacon, sausage, and waffles instead of potato casserole.
Don’t get me wrong, these items are fine. However, they are extremely standard and not necessarily what you would expect at over $50.00 per person.
Akershus Princesses at Breakfast
Thankfully, I have saved the redeeming factor for last, and that’s the Akershus princesses. The characters are really the endearing part of the whole meal.
Having breakfast with princesses roaming the room is a fun experience. It also gives children, who might be on the shy side, a much less pressured experience in meeting characters.
Cinderella was the first to visit the table. We discussed what her stepsisters had been up to recently. And I asked her about the Nightingale song, and we had a giggle over their not so harmonious singing voices.
This is the look that I, too, get on my face anytime someone asks for my autograph.
Cinderella does sign autographs, and here is a look at the one I received on this day. I’m going to try to do a better job of getting a picture of the autographs in the future. This is something fun for children to collect on vacation.
As you can see, I used my notebook that I carry with me in case I need to jot down a few notes during my visits. It helps me keep up with points I want to remember when I’m writing these blog posts. I take many notes, as you can probably imagine. I always need a new one.
Ariel meets at the Akershus breakfast. She is my all-time favorite princess, contrary to popular belief. However, I am a fairly avid reader, so I’m often confused with Belle.
This is another good opportunity to meet a hard-to-find Disney Princess. She is “land” Ariel here and sometimes roams Epcot, but she’s not so easy to find. Additionally, she meets in her grotto daily is listed in my Magic Kingdom characters guide.
Our conversation was about Prince Eric taking her dancing later that evening. As you can see, Ariel was not amused when I told her how my prince has turned out to be on the same level as Ursula.
I mention these conversations to give you some ideas to help start the conversation when a character visits your table. Be aware that they do stay in character.
Here is her autograph. I really like the bubbles.
Snow White, the fairest of them all, is quite friendly. She loves to talk about anything related to dwarfs and moods. Snow White is sure to have a friend that is grumpy, happy, or bashful. There might be a few others also.
We had a good laugh that day when I told her how my nickname was Sneezy, because of all my allergies.
Here is a look at Snow White’s autograph. She dots her “i” with a heart. Snow White makes an appearance at Storybook Dining at Artist Point (review).
Last but not least, we have another princess awakened by love’s true kiss. Aurora is fun and of good nature. This is how I imagine my future. Well-rested and happy.
And signing my autograph with “Princess” in front.
During the Akershus breakfast, a song came on two different times. This alerted the diners and princesses of a special occasion. Apparently, every so often, a royal Princess Procession is performed.
The princesses grab a basket and gather all the children in the room to form a line.
Then the music plays for about three minutes, and they parade around the entire banquet hall. It’s probably not as odd as it sounds.
The children get to feel like they actually participated in the experience. Everyone there seemed to really enjoy the procession. I thought it was a nice touch, especially after seeing the enjoyment all the children were having.
Since I’m not really a morning person, I scheduled my breakfast later in the morning. If you are planning to eat a large breakfast, I probably wouldn’t recommend this. You see, when I had finished, it was approaching the time for the lunch turnover.
I can also assure you that my meal went much quicker than the diners around me. For reference, I had a 10:50 a.m. reservation time.
When I went back to the buffet to take a few more pictures with fewer crowds, they had completely changed over to lunch. These items were roped off, and a few of the breakfast leftovers pushed to the end.
As one who tries to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, I decided to give you a bit of a photo preview of the lunch buffet at Akershus. However, since I didn’t eat any of these items, I can’t provide commentary.
After seeing this spread in comparison to breakfast, I’m sure I would have found much more favor with lunch as well. But, you see, lunch comes with an actual entree selection instead of a generic platter on the side.
The salad bar did appear to have nice, fresh options.
I was really disappointed because all the lunch items looked delicious.
Breakfast at Akershus is perfect for those with a princess character priority! Unfortunately, it’s not one I can recommend for the food.
The food isn’t bad by any means. It’s just somewhat generic. There are a few high notes at the Norwegian smorgasbord buffet part, but not enough, in my opinion, to justify the cost of the meal.
It was also disappointing to see the lunch buffet look so much better than breakfast. I found myself wishing I had researched a little more and had gone to lunch instead.
On a positive note, I don’t feel like you can beat the character interaction. I also received wonderful service during my visit.
But I can’t help thinking about that family of four paying close to $200 for this meal. Hopefully, this review will help you decide if it’s the right fit for your group.
If you are looking for a similar style meal that comes with a buffet and entree selection, you can’t beat my all-time favorite breakfast at Ale & Compass (review) over at the Yacht Club. That meal won’t break the bank either. Sadly, they are just missing characters.
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And if you are planning to meet characters, check out the Epcot Characters Guide.
I hope this Akershus breakfast review was able to provide you with enough information to decide whether a meal here is right for your family. If your little ones are fans of the princesses, I don’t think you’ll begrudge the expense.
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