Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review: Akershus

Akershus was James' and my first character meal since we were kids, so we (or at least I) were very excited to dine with princesses!  Once we checked in to the restaurant (a bit late, due to a bus issue), we were taken in immediately to a nook inside where Belle stood, waiting for us.  We took a picture with her and were then escorted to our table.  If there's one thing that I'm not a huge fan of at Akershus, it's that Belle's the one that you take your required picture with.  I wish she'd come around to the tables for more interaction!  She is my favorite, you know!

Anyway, Akershus does a family style breakfast with a buffet element.  To start, you are encouraged to visit the cold buffet that features pastries, cold meats, fresh fruit, and Lingonberry muffins (yum!).  The muffins are amazing, and I enjoyed having some of the meats as well.  Once you've satisfied your cold buffet cravings, a hot plate is brought out to your table, as seen in the picture to the left.  It contains bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and some kind of home fry/hash brown thing.  The plate is to share with your party, although I assume larger parties would get more than one plate, and I'm sure there are seconds for those that desire them.  Plus you can always go back up to the cold buffet for more Lingonberry muffins (seriously, delicious!).

The hot food at Akershus was your average Disney breakfast food... nothing special there.  The buffet, however, is where you get your diversity.  The cold meats include some fish, salami, and other types of meats.  The pastries included some danishes, breads, and of course, the muffins!  If you're looking for real diversity, you'd be better off visiting Akershus for lunch or dinner.  On the other hand, if, like us, you want a princess meal without being nervous about the Norwegian food, breakfast is where it's at.

And the princesses are the main event, of course!  We were very lucky to be able to meet Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella!  If you include meeting Belle during our entrance, we got the fab five of princesses!  Each princess came over, signed my autograph book, got pictures with us, and commented on how James better be a good prince.  So cute!  Plus, Belle "gave us a gift" of an awesome photo package, featuring the photo from our entrance.  The package included four 4x6 photos and an 8x10 in a cardboard frame!  Honestly, this may beat Cinderella's Royal Table.  For breakfast, we got a buffet/family style meal, a pretty extensive photo package, and five awesome princesses for $28.99 or one table service credit per adult.  Can you say worth it?

Akershus was an amazing character meal, and it was an amazing chance to meet some characters that you're not super likely to find in the parks without hunting them down.  I mean how often do you get to see Belle in her golden dress without waiting on line?  We got autographs and pictures, and although we were on the dining plan, I believe it's worth the cash as well.  You can find the menus for Akershus breakfast, lunch, and dinner at, and even the least adventurous eaters will have a blast at the breakfast.  Now we can't wait for our next character meal:  Crystal Palace in January!

Have you ever been to Akershus?  What did you think of it?  Was it worth the money to you?  Let me know your opinions in a comment, on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!


  1. We brought our 2 princesses to Akershus in March. Belle is also my favorite princess, so though I loved we got to meet her when we arrived, I too wished she could have visited our table during dinner. Of course, my two girls love Snow White and Sleeping Beauty (and dressed as them for dinner!). We never could have gotten a 2 year old and 3 year old to stand in line at any point to meet all the princesses, so being able to meet them all at one time was great. We had dinner and though the food was not worth the price, the experience and memores we took away from it made the cost more than worth it!

    I wrote a review of our dinner on my blog if you want to check it! Plus, there are some cute pics of my girls! :-)

  2. I agree with everything you said! And I will check out your blog post!

  3. Akershus is one of my favorite restaurants at Disney World. I haven't been there in quite a while though, not since they made it exclusively character dining. Don't get me wrong, I like character dining, and we always try to fit one into the schedule. I just like Akershus to be, well, just Akershus. For one thing, Princesses cost extra, so the meal expense at Akershus jumped up when they went to that format. Plus I've been worried that with the focus on the characters, they might cut back on the food quality. I would love to see lunch, for example, be a Princess-free zone, or something like that. We're way overdue for a return visit so I'll probably be dining with Princesses next time we go to the World.

  4. Definitely try it out! I'd be curious to see if the quality changed with the character addition.