Disney Dining Reviews: Akershus

Location

This princess dining experience is located in the Norway pavillion in the Epcot park right next to Frozen Ever After.

Experience

We debated doing either this or Cinderella’s Royal Table for our three year old, princess obsessed daughter.  After much debate, we ultimately decided on Akershus as we had heard from many friends who had been that the princesses were friendlier here then Cinderella’s.  It can be difficult to get a reservation here during peak seasons, but not nearly as hard as Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Make your reservation here.

The restaurant is themed like the interior of castle with stone archways and tall windows with wood accents.  It definitely felt like a place where one should run into some princesses!

There were so many great things about this character dining.  When we walked in immediately got to meet and take a picture with Belle.  This was great as it gave the kids some instant gratification after a brief wait outside after checking in with the hostess.

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Throughout our meal, each of the princesses (Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, and Aurora) stopped by each table.

They each spent a good amount of time with our family, especially Snow White, as our daughter was dressed like her that day.  Toward the end of the meal, they did a “princess parade”, which both of our kids loved and got to participate in.  At the start of the parade,  Show white came over and asked our daughter, who was dressed in a Snow White costume, to walk with her during the parade.

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Food

We went to Akershus for dinner.  Dinner is a fixed three course meal, so right after we got seated we were allowed to go to the appetizer bar where there were many cheeses, breads, and deli meats as well as other foods that the picky eaters in my family would not touch.  Having this available immediately was a wonderful thing, especially after a long day at the park.

We were originally a little skeptical on booking Akershus because we heard the food was not exactly the most accessible or pronounceable, given it is Norwegian.  Thankfully, for the main course, they had both kid friendly food (both of our kids got cheese pizza) as well as things to make the grown-ups happy (I got cheese and spinach stuffed ravioli … and completely cleaned my plate and Ramon got the Kyllingbryst, which was a Herb-roasted Chicken Breast).

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Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Ravioli

After the meal, they brought out a tray with three different deserts on it.  We all tried them, however, we really only liked the chocolate cream.  The most recent menu is available here.  Overall, everyone left feeling very full and ready for more fun.

Price

The only downside of Akershus was the price.  As with most character dining experiences, it was expensive, and this was no exception.  For a family of four (two adults and two kids) it was about $200 dollars for the dinner.

Conclusion

Overall, our family enjoyed this experience very much.  This dining experience gets a 4.5 stars out of 5. The food was better than expected, and the venue reminded me of a castle. The cost of a three course meal for 2 adults and 2 kids at Disney – $200.  The look on my daughters face when she meets her favorite princesses – priceless.

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