Disney Character Dining: Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

March 9, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Travel

If you are booking your first (or fifteenth!) Disney Vacation with little princesses in tow, then the big question will be: Where should you dine for a great character experience with the princesses? There are two choices for dining with some of those beloved fairy tale characters: Cinderella’s Royal Table located in the Magic Kingdom and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway section of World Showcase at Epcot. We’re going to break them both down and then you can make your pick!

Cinderella’s Royal Table, 2 Table Service Credits per Person

cinderellascastle_sharpmomsWhat a great way to make your little princesses dreams come true! Dine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner right inside Cinderella’s Castle in the middle of the Magic Kingdom. If you really want to dine here be sure to make advanced dining reservations the minute you can, 180 days before your vacation begins. This is one of the hardest reservations to get so book early! If you choose a breakfast meal then you will get into the Magic Kingdom most likely before the park opens. This gives you a great opportunity to take your picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle before the park is full of people! By the time you finish your meal, you’ll be able to hit the attractions in Fantasyland before regular visitors are admitted! Bonus!

The castle is very detailed, so no matter what meal you have here, you’ll love seeing all the little intricacies inside the castle. Your princesses will receive a princess wand and princes will get their own sword. Then, after you take your photo with Cinderella, you’ll follow the red carpet up the castle stairs to the dining hall. Let us add that your photos will be presented to you during your meal, at no extra fee. At Cinderella’s Royal Table, each princess is introduced into the hall with a snippet of their fairy tale being told over a loud speaker. Very grandeoso! Princesses you may encounter while dining here are Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, and Cinderella (though usually Cindy doesn’t make her way around the dining hall, just a meet and greet during your photo op). Princess interaction at this restaurant is good, but often will vary upon the day you visit, crowds, etc. You will definitely be able to chat with the princesses and get a great photo with each.

If you dine for breakfast you’ll enjoy fresh fruits, pastries, and traditional items like sausage, eggs, bacon and french toast. Lunch and dinner options vary from beef short ribs (a diners favorite) and beef tenderloin to the infamous Major Domo. Many folks do not rave about the food here, but the experience will be magical and unforgettable! The price is up there considering it is in the “Signature Dining” category at $30-$50 per meal, per person. Is it truly worth 2 Table Service Credits? Probably not compared to the other Signature Dining experiences you could have while visiting the Disney Parks. However, you may not be able to top dining inside Cinderella’s Castle and feeling like royalty!

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, 1 Table Service Credit per Person

akershus_sharpmomsFor those who do not want to use 2 Table Service Credits, but still would like to experience a Disney Princess Character Meal, then Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is the place for you! Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located in Norway at the World Showcase at Epcot. You can do a character breakfast or lunch here. The breakfast is brought to your table family style and includes fruits, eggs, bacon, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and potato casserole. Lunch and Dinner offer a cheese, meat, and salad appetizer buffet. Then you can choose some Norwegian cuisine off the menu for your main course. The salmon cakes and open-faced sandwiches are always some of our favorites here. The kids menu includes pizza and pastas, so don’t worry if they are not adventurous eaters!

When you arrive at the hall you will have your photo made with Belle in her yellow ball gown. These pictures will be given to you as part of your meal package-Bonus! As you dine, other princesses will make their appearance. You may meet Jasmine, Mulan, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, or even Mary Poppins while dining (and for just 1 Table Service Credit per Person!). Cinderella is not a guarantee meet at Akershus, so if that is a deal breaker for you, be sure to book Cinderella’s Royal Table. The last time we visited the princesses were Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, and Ariel {you will only see Belle when you have your photo taken upon entering}. The princesses take their time at each table chatting and dancing with kids. Near the end of the princesses time out on the floor they will conduct a Princess Processional. Each area of the restaurant will be designated to one Princess and the kids can follow her around the restaurant for a “parade”. Lots of fun for the little ones! There are no fancy wands and swords here, but there is still a good time to be had at Akershus!

So, there you have it! The two most popular princess character dining experiences offered at Walt Disney World. Which do you prefer? In our opinion, if you want to save your dining credits, then visit Akershus for just one credit/person. If you’re going for a truly memorable, can’t-top-this experience then opt for Cinderella’s Royal Table.


One Comment on "Disney Character Dining: Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall"

  1. Plan Your Next Disney World Vacation — Free DVD, Plus Extra Tips! : SharpMoms on Sun, 28th Apr 2013 2:49 pm 

    [...] costly out of pocket and uses double the dining credits, consider visiting the princesses within Epcot or at the Grand Floridian Resort. You can meet Cinderella at both of those locations and it is [...]

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