Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Disney Review: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Princess Breakfast

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall will take you on a grand adventure all the way to Norway where the princesses eat breakfast with you, and good food abounds. Alright, it's not really in Norway, but it is as close as you will get. Epcot's Norway pavilion is amazingly crafted to look like a Norwegian village. You generally cannot get back to it until after 11 when the World Showcase opens. It tends to be super crowded then, especially because the new hit princess movie, Frozen, takes place there. The only way to get a glimpse of Norway in the morning is to book breakfast at the wonderful Akershus. You will be able to dine on traditional Norwegian fare while visiting with princesses. (Not Anna and Elsa, but the standard ones like Belle and Snow White.) We were all impressed with the food, and the princess parade Harper got to take part in was a lot of fun.
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After our Norwegian waitress seated us, we were free to explore the buffet. The food resembled what my mom and I were served for breakfast in Germany. The meats and cheese table included delicious fruits, smoked salmon, diced onions, capers, peppered mackerel, Glassmeister herring, tomato herring, Jalsburg cheese, muenster cheese, Gjetost goat cheese, and salami. I was a little leery of the fish, but I found a new love for the peppered mackerel. My dad told me that they eat it along with the capers in Europe. He and I both had our fair share of this combination. Other than for the fruit, the rest of my family avoided this table.


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The muesli table had yogurts, nuts, and dried fruit to eat your oats with. It also had butter and cream cheese for the breads.


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The bakery section took up two tables of Danishes, croissants, muffins, doughnuts, and other breakfast sweets. This was Harper and Sydney's favorite table. Sydney loved the croissants and said they were some of the best she had ever eaten. (She has not been to France, though, so I do not think this is a valid opinion. :) )

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Do not be afraid if you or your family are not very adventurous. You can stick with something normal like bagels, and the waiters bring around a big plate of American specialties for each table. This includes scrambles eggs, bacon, sausage, and a potato casserole. I really suggest you at least try the Norwegian food, though. I found something new that I liked, and I'm sure you would too.

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I really enjoyed our Princess breakfast. It is a great alternative to eating in the castle, and is considerably cheaper. The food is great, the servers are really interesting to talk to, and the kids will love seeing the princesses. Plus, you get to get into Epcot before anyone else. What more could you ask for?



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