New Updates Revealed for This Beloved Disney Character Restaurant

Belle and Child at Akershus
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Is character dining a must-do for your Disney vacations? If so, you won’t want to miss one beloved character dining experience, that will soon offer breakfast and lunch for the first time since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

Some of the most beloved restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort are character dining experiences, allowing Guests the chance to meet some of their favorite Disney characters while enjoying a delicious and often all-you-care-to-enjoy meal. You can find character dining locations all over the Resort, and with several restaurants letting Guests dine with the characters across each Park and many Disney hotels, there are plenty to choose from.

Guests with Mickey and Minnie in front of Cinderella Castle

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Character restaurants come in all forms with many of them featuring classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, and friends (including Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, just to name a few.)

Over in EPCOT, one of the best character restaurants for fans of Disney princesses has only been offering dinner since it reopened after the 2020 closures. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in World Showcase’s Norway Pavilion brings together iconic Disney princesses with classic American and Norwegian-inspired eats. Guests dining at Akershus can typically expect to see characters like Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Belle, and Jasmine; however, Guests have also met Cinderella, Mary Poppins and Mulan at this location in the past as well.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Snow White with Guest

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Disney recently confirmed that breakfast and lunch will return to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall beginning on May 14, 2023. Breakfast has been especially missed over the last three years, as many Guests have enjoyed dining at Akershus early to spend the morning in World Showcase with delicious specialties like Norwegian waffles.

While reservations are not yet available (and Disney has yet to confirm when they will be available), the latest updates to Disney’s website note pricing and full menu details for Akershus.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Breakfast

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Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is priced at $53 per adult and $34 per child (plus tax and gratuity). In addition to memorable character experiences, breakfast includes the following items, served family-style:

  • Breakfast Pastries and Accompaniments
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Potato Casserole
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Norwegian Waffles
  • Assorted Fountain Beverages
  • Freshly Brewed Joffrey’s Coffee™
  • Twinings® Hot Tea

Lunch will use the same menu as dinner, with the same pricing ($63 for adults and $41 for children, plus tax and gratuity.) On the lunch and dinner menu, Guests will find several Norwegian favorites like Lefse with Cardamom-Cinnamon Butter, Traditional KjØttkake: Norwegian Meatballs, and grilled salmon to name a few, (with corn dog nuggets and macaroni and cheese, among other treats for the kiddos.)

When reservations open for breakfast and lunch at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, they will be available on Disney’s official website and the My Disney Experience app.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."