Disney World Princess Breakfast at Akershus Banquet Hall EPCOT

Little Girl with Belle at Disney World Princess Breakfast at Akershus Banquet Hall Epcot

One of the things we considered a must-do during our family vacation to Walt Disney World was, of course, seeing Disney princesses!!!

 Even at 30 years old I have no trouble admitting that I get giddy thinking about those gorgeous ball gowns and romantic storylines. Plus, I can’t help but break into song any time I hear a Disney movie’s anthem.

Enter: Disney World Princess Breakfast at Akershus Banquet Hall EPCOT!

Making Reservations

Akershus Restaurant is one of the only opportunities to see the classic Disney princesses all in one place. It’s a medium-sized restaurant that is kept small so the princesses can circulate the patrons fairly. Since it only seats a certain amount of people reservations are firmly required for entrance. Not only that, but it’s such a popular experience that reservations fill up months in advance! 

As guests staying on-site at a Walt Disney World resort we were give early access to make dining reservations. And that’s how I found myself on the Disney World’s reservation website at 6:00 a.m. EST 6 months before our vacation. Yes, it was that serious.

Reservations times start at 8:00 a.m. and are granted in 10 minute intervals. Each reservation can be for up to 10 people (no need to specify the 10 people when making the reservation). Since we were part of a 20-person family group, I made one reservation for 10 people and my brother (who’d woken up at 3:00 a.m. MST) made a second reservation for another 10 people. Even though I was poised on the website to sign up at the very minute the reservations for the day we wanted opened up, I was still too late to get the first slot- 8:00 a.m.- as we’d planned. My brother was successful in getting the 8:00 am reservation, but mine had to wait until the next interval at 8:10 a.m.

At first this concerned us, since our group wanted to eat together, but the Akershus cast members were really understanding and let us all in at the same time when we showed up on the day of our reservation!

The Meal

Akershus Restaurant is in the Norway section of Epcot. Thus, the food had an ever-so-slight Norwegian feel to it.

Once shown to our tables (3 tables in the same area to accommodate our large group) we were welcome to help ourselves to a buffet of breakfast foods while our server brought family-style platters of breakfast foods to each table.

The buffet included croissants, jam, butter, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, deli meats, salmon, and our favorite brown Norwegian cheese. That’s not a joke- this cheese is really amazing! The breakfast platters set to each table were of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheesy hash browns. We were also brought refillable glasses of the beverage of our choice.

The food is all-you-care-to-eat (which is “All-you-can-eat in Disney, I guess), but the platters were delivered piled high with food so we never required a refill. How much bacon does one person really need? I mean, at some point it’s just too much!

Honestly, the food was only so-so. I really hated the cheesy hash browns and the scrambled eggs (but, in their defense, cooking large batches of eggs is pretty tricky), but there was still plenty of food to fill up on! Which was good since, at $50/ person, this meal needed to last us about 3 days.

The Princesses

Disney World Princess Breakfast

 

 

But you don’t go to a place like that for the food, you go for…. drum roll… the princesses! Eek!

As we entered the restaurant we were first asked if we wanted to see Belle. Um, duh! Unlike the other princesses, Belle is kept to her own alcove with a permanent Disney World photographer. We formed a line at her station and she graciously took pictures with, talked to, and signed mementos from anyone interested. Belle’s photographer tried to keep the line moving, but we still had enough time to really enjoy seeing her! And, best part, she wears the classic yellow ball gown!

Once we sat down the other classic princesses started to circulate the room. Cinderella, Snow White, Arial, and Aurora all made stops at each of our 3 tables for as long as we wanted them to. Yes, some princesses (cough cough, Cinderella)  were more pleasant and took more time than others (cough cough, Arial), but I’m sure that’s constantly changing as the Disney princess cast members do. Each princess waited at our table to take pictures or talk to anyone interested, which was so nice! It was a full restaurant but they truly made us feel like we were the most important people in the room.  Plus they really do all have unique personalities and signatures (maybe Arial was a little short with us because she’s only 16…?) !

Since the restaurant is in Norway Land (or maybe because it was a cold day?) their signature dresses had warm accessories attached, which took away a bit of the magic for me. I’m sorry, but I’m a ball gown purist. Cinderella in long sleeves? That’s just weird. Also, some of the princesses were absolutely caked in make up. This made a few look more authentic than others, but luckily the kids didn’t seem to mind.

The Princess Parade

Oh, yes. There’s a Princess Parade.

Not only did we get to talk to each princess, but every 15 minutes or so an announcement is made that all mini princesses are invited to join a parade with the classic princesses! Beautiful music plays as a line of princesses and adoring little girls snake around the room.

Unfortunately, the mini princesses from our group overheard another mini princess start to cry/ whine and Arial tell her to calm down. This event really bothered my nieces, but we hope it was an isolated incident! Other than that they had a great time regally walking and waving through the restaurant next to their idols!

The Service

We were assigned one server for all 3 of our tables, and she was wonderful! She was definitely kept busy hopping around to bring food platters and refill drinks, but she also took the time to answer any questions from us.

For instance, she’s actually Norwegian and had a great conversation with us about the cheese we love and how to find it in the States! Too funny!

She also overheard my nieces tell us about the Arial incident during the Princess Parade. She immediately apologized to them on the princess’s behalf, then asked for more details to approach the princess. We really appreciated that she made it her job to make sure our experience was great!

Disney Princess Breakfast Cost

As the mother to a son who doesn’t care about any of this stuff my #1 question was: “How much is this Disney World Princess Breakfast going to cost me?”

Answer: Park admission + $50/ adult and $35/ child.

For us that was $135! Wowzers! And my siblings who had more than one kid? Way, way, way more money.

Yes, we all know to expect to pay for the magic of Disney World. This isn’t a shock. But you do have to question how worth it these additional experiences are after you’ve already shelled out $100+ /person just to enter the park.

At least tip was included.

So is the Disney World Princess Breakfast worth it?

Sisters With Aurora at Disney World Princess Breakfast Akershus Banquet Hall Epcot 

Honestly, I don’t know. (Insert shrugging woman emoji here.)

I don’t think it was worth it for our little family. I feel nostalgic about the Disney princesses I grew up with, but Ben and Whit sure don’t! Whit enjoyed the experience because his cousins’ excitement wore off on him, but, on our own, he wouldn’t have cared or even been able to name any of the characters we met.

If you have a mini princess who truly loves these characters than yes, it probably is worth it for you. They really do look beautiful and try to act authentic, which I can see really making a child’s day, week, year.

But if your mini isn’t  all that into princesses, then I’d probably skip the $100+ bill and mediocre food and just opt to stand in line for someone they really care about.

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35 comments

  • Mimi

    This looks so dreamy! It’s definitely expensive but I personally ould love it.. I mean, disney princesses ahahah

    • Suz (author)

      The princesses were definitely the best part!

  • Dora

    Such a sweet pictures, I had a big wish to visit Disney world 😉

    • Suz (author)

      I hope you can go one day!

  • Nathalia

    Thanks for the thorough and honest review! Like so many other things at Disney, it seems like you pay more for the experience than for the product. Most meals at Disney are barely so-so, sadly. I would have loved to have breakfast with the princesses when I was little!

    • Suz (author)

      So true! At least the atmosphere is pretty fun!

  • Amanda

    Such an amazing experience! Disney is one of my favorite places to be

    • Suz (author)

      DIsney can be a really fun place!

  • Jodi

    My family and I recently went for dinner and I’d have to say, it wasn’t really worth it! You really do pay for the atmosphere, but there’s just something about paying $53 dollars for a dinner and only getting 5 mini raviolis a bit offputting.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Suz (author)

      Oh that’s good to know! I wondered if the dinner would be better, but I guess not!

  • Sandy

    We were at Disney this past Christmas but didn’t see these magical princesses as our kids are older now. However, I do remember and miss those moments and experiences my daughter had with them when she was younger! A perfect and special experience!

    • Suz (author)

      It was great to see my nieces so happy with the princesses!

  • Kasia Olszewski

    Meeting all of the princesses have always been my dream. I never got to because I grew up slightly poor. Now, it’s definitely on my travel bucket list! I’m going to start saving money for this very soon!!

    • Suz (author)

      No judgement, we grew up the same way! It’s been really fun to visit Disney World as an adult after all of these years!

  • A-

    I love Disney! I’ve only ever been there once but it’s always been a dream to go back. Thanks for sharing this review – I always enjoy reading about the different experiences that people have when they go and where they go.

    A- simplylovely90.com

    • Suz (author)

      I hope you can go back soon!

  • erin

    That’s so sad to hear about Ariel. We are actually going to breakfast at this restaurant in February and I literally cannot wait!! It’s been on my bucket list forever – but I was raised on Disney Princesses and have fond memories of eating with the princesses at Disney World, AND I have three girls (4,2,1) so I think it’s the perfect time for my family.

  • Mirlene | Savory Thoughts

    The pictures look great. Disney is very expensive. Although, I’m sure your family enjoyed seeing the princesses, I’m not sure if I would pay that money for breakfast- unless my daughter really wants it. Thanks for sharing. We do plan to go next year next January

  • Renee

    I love your honesty here! You are totally right! I would be giddy and star struck and be like, “Take my picture with Belle!!!” My kids would be like…where are The Avengers? I’ll have to remember it’s about them and not me should we ever make the trip.

  • Tomislav

    I adore Disney! Thank you so much for sharing this review! One day i hope i will visit it with my kids and family 🙂

  • Natalie

    I guess I can’t say that I’m surprised that it’s an overpriced experience…… although I can only imagine what a magical experience it is for a child!

  • Stacy Karyn

    I think I would even be into having a Disney princess breakfast, and I’m 31 years old! Haha. But it is a bit on the pricey side. :/

  • Michelle

    Wow! Disney has changed SO much since our last visit. My daughter saw Mary Poppins in the park, was completely awed, and that was it. (To be fair, it was the best Mary Poppins possible and she straightened my girl’s ears when they slipped off and it was adorable.)

  • Joanna Stephens

    I have actually never been to Disney Land or Disney World, but someday when my son and daughter are older I will! I appreciate your honest opinion about this. I don’t think I could justify $150 for my family of 4 to go there especially with the food being mediocre. Thanks!

  • Maninder

    I would personally love to experience it atleast once to fulfill my childhood dreams. I like how detailed the post it.

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  • Gwendolyn

    We have a reservation at this restaurant in April!! I’m so excited to see all the princesses. It sounds like an amazing experience that your kids will remember for years to come 🙂

  • Arielle Joy

    This is such a cute concept and I’ve never heard of it before. If I had kids I don’t think it’s something I’d spend money on, but I grew up in a family that wasn’t big on amusement parks in general… we were much happier spending the day indoors and shopping! 😉

  • Mary

    We’ve tried to go there each visitand have never had luck getting a reservation. We usually do the dining plan and my daughter loves her princesses so hopefully we’ll get in one of these days.

  • Rebecca Rice

    I’m a big Disney fan and my
    Husband and I actually just took a trip this past June for our honeymoon! We didn’t go to this restaurant as we did dinner in Japan but had a similar experience cost wise eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom! Even without children, it wasn’t about the cost it was the experience of being in the castle, seeing the princesses we grew up with, and yes being treated like kids at heart by the cast members and waitstaff! So often, Disney is regarded as a kid’s only place or overpriced and it gets such a bad rap. Thank you for pointing out that to make the experience worth it, it is truly up to the family

  • Chels Leigh

    Is it odd that I want to take pictures with all the princesses?! Looks like a blast!

  • Cristina

    I’m planning a trip to Disney soon and I’d never heard of this experience! It sounds quite expensive but magical for a true princess fan

  • Megan

    THANK YOU !!! for this review, We are heading to Epcot in 11 days and I had no idea this place was there

  • Brittany

    How cute! If I am every lucky enough to have a daughter, I’m sure she’s going to want to do this!

  • Val

    Thanks for the honest review! I’m starting to plan a Disney trip and this was definitely good to know 🙂

  • nicole

    oh my word! this princess meal sounds amazing! next time I’m at Disney, this is on my to-do list!

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