We had never been to the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall before, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to try it out. We had already taken the girls when they were younger to Cinderella’s Castle, but this was a different place, and Emily was a bit older now to enjoy it- so we went for it this past Saturday. Enjoy!
We had breakfast for 8:10 a.m., so we parked around 7:30, first row and sixth car there. We all laughed how we would probably never have first row again, but it was a cool first. They let us in with a very small handful of people through the ticket turnstiles. They DID in fact check our reservation number and name on their sheet before allowing us entrance, so keep that in mind for those who are also checking in.
We had the Park to ourselves, and it was wonderful. When there are only around 30 folks walking around, it is a crazy feeling to know you have it practically all to yourself. The music played as we walked under Spaceship Earth and we noticed it change once we got to the World Showcase entrance. Who knew that when you are in that early, they play soundtrack music from the movies that the Princesses are in who you are about to meet. We heard several songs from Beauty and the Beast, then Little Mermaid while we waited. It was a unique experience since normally we should be hearing some type of Norwegian music playing.
We checked in at the booth, and maybe waited 5 minutes before they were calling our name. We were escorted to meet Belle first, in her gold ball gown, where they take a professional picture for you and bring out later while you are eating. Next we were seated near one of the front windows in the right dining room, and it was snug but it worked.
It is a buffet here, so once you order your drinks, which we all had juice, we hit the food line. Because we were in early, we didn’t have any type of real wait for it. We pretty much walked up and chose what we wanted. Now, I have to say this too… they had fresh fruit, bagels, and danishes- all good and fine. What I found really gross is the herring, salmon, and cheese they had out as well. Was anyone informed this is a Princess breakfast for mostly families, WITH children? I didn’t see one child begging mom or dad for a piece of herring with their bagel. I know some of you may like fish, that’s not what I’m trying to get across- it just felt like the buffet was out of place for the theme. I can see it as an authentic Norwegian meal, but not as a Disney Princess breakfast. Anyways, to each his own. Maybe its because I have been to many other Characters breafasts that didn’t have it on the menu, so for me it looked out of place. Again, just my opinion.
Once we got back to the table, they served us the hot food which was breakfast casserole, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs. All wonderful, but I was surprised they did NOT offer Mickey waffles or pancakes of any kind. It was all you could eat, and we ate most of the platters, but we all seemed to like the breakfast casserole the most. Anything with cheese and hashbrowns are my best friend- you just can’t beat that combination!
As we ate the hot food, the Princesses made their way around the room. We met Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Ariel. All of them were lovely, but I always love Cinderella the most- she spent the most time talking to Emily and seemed to want to chat. I realize with the amount of tables they have to get through there that they cannot sit and chat all day, but sometimes they seem rushed and that’s never a good thing when your own little Princess has been waiting for that magical meet for some time.
Music came on overhead and they announce that any child can walk the parade around the Restaurant with all of the Princesses. It is adorable to watch and a great time for so many kids. It seemed that once that was done, the first wave of customers were out the door and we were soon to follow.
We LOVED our girls picture with Belle that was taken when we first arrived- they did a great job with it. They put them in such nice presentation folders, with “Once upon a time” on them. We ate about an hour, so if you are looking at your planning, I would give it 60-75 minutes time. You want to get your money’s worth for what you are paying for, so my suggestion is to book any Character breakfast on a day you don’t “HAVE TO” get somewhere right away. Take my advice, when we had these one vacations, our kids barely ate anything, and we were all too excited to get to the Park rides to worry about getting a full stomach. So just a heads up on that.
Do I think it is worth it? Yes and no. If you have a child who is dying to meet the Princesses and you can’t get into Cinderella’s Castle, then yes, go for it. This is the easiest way to see them, and like Ariel, it may be the ONLY place to find them. If you are looking for a breakfast to fill you up, then yes this can do it. If you are looking for a way to enjoy Epcot before the Park opens to the public, then yes, this is a cool way to try it. BUT if you are looking to do this STRICTLY as a breakfast, then I would say go to a different buffet. I love Ohana’s breakfast, 1900 Park Fare, and also many of the Counter Service places have some great options.
I hope this helps any of you who have booked it, and that you enjoy your dining experience in Norway. Have a great day!