Where is the best place to meet and interact with Disney Princesses at Disney World? The answer may surprise you, but it is in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot at the Storybook Princess Dining Experience.
Akershus Royal Banquet HallThe building where you dine and meet the Disney Princesses is called Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. It is inspired by the real 14th century Akershus Castle in Norway which overlooks the harbor in Oslo.
|Inside Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
Storybook Dining Experience
Once Upon a time...
A great Viking king and queen welcomed royal visitors to the castle Akershus.
That tradition continues as we invite you to experience a feast fit for royalty of all ages.
Meeting Disney PrincessesOnce you are admitted inside Akershus, you will be taken to a small alcove to have your picture taken with one of the Disney Princesses. You don't get to choose, it will be whichever one is in there at the time. During our meal, Belle was the Princess posing with families for pictures near the entrance. A Disney Photographer will take you picture with their camera (and yours too if you request) and during your meal you will receive a print of the picture to remember your dining experience.
|Cinderella at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
|Snow White Signing Autographs|
During the meal there is a constant stream of Princesses coming to each table to meet guests, interact, sign autographs, and of course, pose for pictures. Although they will not commit to a set roster, typically you will find: Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Snow White, & Ariel.
|Aurora with her fans at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
|Ariel at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
The Dining ExperienceDining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall also provides a unique experience. The meal is broken up into a couple different segments in order to allow you to experience some of the flavors of Norway and their cuisine.
The meal starts by visiting the buffet line to experience the Flavors of Norway. Here you will find some of the finest Scandinavian Seafood, Imported Cheeses, cured and sliced Meats, and a vast selection of Salads and Fruits. This is a great chance to try a variety of different foods that you may not regularly get to try. This serves as your Appetizer/Salad portion of the meal.
For the main course you get to order off of the menu. The menu changes, but some of the options may include:
- Braised Short Ribs
- Grilled Pork Chop
- Mushroom Stuffed Pasta
- Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
- Pan-Seared Salmon
- Roasted Rack of Lamb
- Traditional Kjottkake which are Norwegian Meatballs