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Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is Reopening

Hear ye! Here ye! The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is finally returning after two very long years! This royal character buffet is one of the last restaurants to return from the Covid closures!

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Beginning on November 4, 2022 you can join your favorite Disney Princesses in EPCOT’s World Showcase for an unforgettable meal. Located in the Norway pavilion you’ll find traditional Norwegian dishes like Tradisjonell Kjøttkake (Norwegian Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce) and grilled salmon. Kids will feast on familiar favorites like Mac and cheese and pizza.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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Pricing for this location is on par with increased pricing for other character meals at Walt Disney World. Breakfast will be $53.00 for adults and $34.00 for kids. Lunch and dinner will be $63.00 for adults and $41.00 for kids. Just as it was before the closure, all three meals will remain all-you-can-eat.

This incredible meal offers a chance to dine with princesses like Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle “inside a medieval castle with soaring archways and cathedral ceilings.” This classic location is a hit with young and old alike due to its interesting food, fun characters and beautiful surroundings. In fact, we recommend it over Cinderella’s Royal Table. The food is better, the restaurant is more beautiful, and as a bonus reservations here are typically easier to get! Currently Cinderella’s Royal Table isn’t offering their full character experience either. That gives Akershus Royal Banquet Hall a definite edge over its more popular dining cousin.

Disney says Advanced Dining Reservations are recommended for this location but we would take that a step further and say they are essentially required. We have never once gotten or even heard of anyone who has gotten a walk up table here. Reservations will open for Akershus on October 24, 2022. They will likely go fast at first due to pent up demand so you’ll want to make sure you are ready at 6:00 am when reservations open up!

We are keeping a close eye on the few restaurants that remain shuttered after the closure. Stay tuned and we will update you as soon as more announcements are made!

 

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 7 year old son or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.