Saturday, June 22, 2013

Storybook Dining in Epcot at Akershus

 Once I booked the dates for our trip, I knew I wanted to look into dining with the characters or princesses.  Chef Mickeys and Cinderella's Royal Table did not have any reservations left. I really wasn't sure I would be able to get anything since I read you need to book up to 180 days in advance. I was so excited to see that Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway at Epcot had a few slots open for lunch. I booked right away!
For the record.......I did ask Griffin if he wanted to join us......he quickly said, "No thank you!"
I gave him money and he was happy eating nachos in Mexico.

After we checked in, there was a little wait outside. At 1:30, it was hot but we stayed cool with a fan and ice cold water(provided by the restaurant).

As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by Belle from Beauty and the Beast. A professional photographer took our picture. At Akershus, you are given an 8x10 and 4 4x6 pictures with Belle.

We were seated immediately. Our waitress came to our table and explained how everything worked. Everything is a set price which included  a Norwegian buffet of cold foods, entree, plate of desserts, drink, pictures and lets not forget.........the experience with the princesses!

Here is a picture of my plate after a trip to the buffet. They had several different salads, cold meats and cheeses and bread.

While waiting on our entree to come, the princesses arrived. They started their visit off with a parade around the banquet hall.

Each princess visited for a few minutes at each table.

Here is a video from Cinderella's visit.

I have to say Snow White was my favorite. She was  sweet and so much like her character!

When Ariel came to our table she first asked the girls, "Where did you swim from?" The girls had to think about that one for a minute?

Princess Aurora must have been really tired...she was the quietest of the bunch.

One of the do-it-yourself crafts I made for our trip were these autograph books. I found these small red notebooks from Hobby Lobby. I added the Mickey face and name using my cricut. I added the bow to turn the Mickey into a Minnie. 

Laney loved all the autographs. So much so......she signed her own book.....and then asked the rest of us to sign.

After all the princesses visited our table, we enjoyed our entree.

Ella got pizza. She said it was yummy!

Laney was considered an adult(missed it by 1 year). She was able to choose something from the adult menu. She chose salmon cakes lying on a bed of sliced cucumbers topped with a sauce. I tried hers and it was delicious especially with the sauce!

After everything I read online, a majority said the Scandinavian meatball dish was the favorite. I ordered it and it was scrumptious! I definitely made a happy plate!

At the end of our meal, we were given a plate with 3 desserts. There was a chocolate mousse cake, apple cinnamon bread topped with a whip topping and a rice pudding drizzled with a strawberry sauce. The rice pudding was our least favorite.

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Akershus. It was pricey but worth it!

Before we leave Epcot, I want to share our experience at the World Showcase.

I will save that for another day!

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