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Frog Family Foodie Review: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT

by Mommy Frog on June 17, 2023
Orlando

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Calling all Disney Princess fans — you won't want to miss the royal character dining at Akershus! Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a charming character dining location inside EPCOT at Walt Disney World. Found at the Norway pavilion in World Showcase, enjoy Norweigan-inspired food while enjoying visits from Disney Princesses! Akershus is available for all meals, as breakfast and lunch recently returned as of May 14, 2023. Here's everything to expect when dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Tiana posing with group

Overview of Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall exterior

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located in the Norway pavilion at EPCOT in Disney World. You'll feel like royalty yourself with medieval theming and details. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the table-service restaurant offers delicious Norwegian-inspired cuisine. Plus, guests can enjoy visits from their favorite princesses!

Breakfast costs $53 per adult and $34 per child, plus tax and tip. Lunch and dinner cost $63 per adult and $41 per child, plus tax and tip. As of May 14, 2023, Akershus is once again open for breakfast and lunch, which means this popular character dining location is now available for all three meals! Advance dining reservations are highly recommended and can be made 60 days ahead of your visit. Remember that you'll need valid park admission and a park pass reservation to enter EPCOT (did you know Undercover Tourist offers discount tickets to Walt Disney World?)

Which Disney Princesses Are at Akershus?

Aurora at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Belle at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Now to the best part of Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — meeting the Disney Princesses!

You'll often see five princesses throughout your meal, which typically include Belle, Aurora, Tiana, Ariel and Snow White. The lineup can vary — in past visits, we've even seen Cinderella, Mulan or Jasmine! Since certain princesses aren't guaranteed, we try to avoid promising our tadpoles that their favorite characters will appear. EPCOT offers lots of princess greetings throughout the park, so you have many chances to see your desired princess!

The princesses will rotate through the restaurant, stopping at each table for a quick chat, autographs and photos. A character attendant (a cast member in a light blue shirt) helps ensure each table sees all the princesses. If you're nearing the end of your meal and are still missing someone, be sure to ask a cast member and they'll make sure you get a visit.

Akershus Menu

Breakfast Menu

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Breakfast pastries, meats and cheeses, mixed fruit

  • Breakfast Pastries
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Meat and Cheese

For breakfast, you'll start with a platter of pastries, meat and cheeses and mixed fruit. We definitely asked for seconds of the delicious pastries — we especially enjoyed the chocolate danish and apple tart!

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Breakfast

  • Potato Casserole
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Norwegian Waffles

The potato casserole was the highlight for us, followed by the Norwegian waffles! We liked the variety of breakfast classics, as there was something for everyone to enjoy. You can ask for extra platters or call out specific items (you bet we got more potato casserole!).

Lunch and Dinner Menu

  • Field Greens Salad with Lingonberry Vinaigrette
  • Lefse with Cardamom-Cinnamon Butter
  • Traditional KjØttkake (Norwegian Meatballs)
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Grilled Salmon with Herbed Butter
  • Green Beans
  • Red Cabbage
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Corn Dog Nuggets
  • Kylling og Melboller (Norwegian Chicken and Dumplings)
  • Assortment of Norwegian-inspired Desserts

Our Final Thoughts on Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Character Dining – Akershus Dining, Cinderella with four girls

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Autograph postcard

We thoroughly enjoyed Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and think it's the perfect choice for those looking for princess dining. You get a delicious, all-you-care-to-enjoy meal and get to meet five princesses, saving lots of time from not waiting in lines.

Akershus's location in Norway makes it easy to hop right over to Frozen Ever After and meet Anna and Elsa afterward for the ultimate princess day. EPCOT offers lots of princesses throughout World Showcase, so you could always visit any of the princesses you haven't seen yet.

Akershus and Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom are both excellent options if looking to dine with princesses. Akershus is a little bit more affordable than Royal Table and you still get some medieval theming and five princesses, though you would lose the "dining in the castle" experience. Akershus reservations are very popular, but a little easier to get than Cinderella's Royal Table. With similar royal experiences,  we recommend doing one or the other on your trip.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Storybook

Have you dined at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Ranking the Frog Family's Favorite Disney World Character Dining Experiences

Related: Your Royally Good Guide to Finding Princesses at Disney World

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