It’s time to dine with princesses in a medieval castle at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This great character meal is a nice alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a table service restaurant is located in the Norway Pavilion inside the World Showcase area of Epcot. The usual princess lineup includes Belle who is waiting to greet you as you enter the castle, while Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, and Aurora seem to glide from table to table while you dine. Each of the princesses will stop for photos and autographs, and may even spend a few minutes laughing about their favorite stories!
At breakfast you’ll find all you care to enjoy favorites like scrambled eggs, potato casserole, sausage and bacon. And there’s also a Norwegian Smorgasbord filled with salami, Smoked Pork Loin, Jarlsberg Cheese, and more! It’s a great way to fill up your tank and get your day started! Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located next to Frozen Ever After and the Elsa and Anna meet and greet areas, making it a perfect place to start your day!
At lunch and dinner, every royal feast begins with a “Taste of Norway” buffet featuring the finest Scandinavian seafood, imported cheeses, cured and sliced meats, and a selection of salads and fruits. Then, take your pick from a rotating menu of hot entrées, including grilled fillet of salmon, oven-roasted chicken breast and a Norwegian meatball dish called Kjøttkake. We tried all of the entrées and my favorite was the Kjøttkake with mashed potatoes. These meatballs are moist and tender topped with a sweet lingonberry sauce.
Be sure to grab a specialty cocktail while you’re there, especially since one is included with your meal if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan or Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. The Oslo is a creation from the capital city that combines Strawberries with Crème de Banana, Linie Aquavit, and Vodka. My favorite is the Magical Star Cocktail that has X-Fusion Organic Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and a souvenir Multicolored Glow Cube.
Little Princes and Princesses can enjoy a children’s menu featuring pizza, Norwegian meatballs, macaroni & cheese, and grilled chicken.
Make sure to save some room for the Royal Chef’s Dessert Plate. Dessert is a trio of options to share that rotate seasonally. We enjoyed the Sweet and Savory Chocolate Mousse, Traditional Rice Cream topped with Strawberry Sauce, and Apple Cake with Cardamom Whipped Cream. The Rice Cream is similar to a rice pudding, which my mother enjoyed and reminded her of her childhood. My favorite was the Sweet and Savory Mousse with a creamy center that satisfied the sweet craving I had after dinner.
If you want to dine with princesses and avoid waiting in line to meet them, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall might just be perfect for your family. It is a great value when you have the Disney Dining Plan or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan as it’s only uses 1 dining credit per person, whereas Cinderella’s Royal Table is 2 dining credits per person.
Written by Adjunct Professor Leah Ferguson, edited by Professor Heather Adamczak