When planning our epic DADventure to Walt Disney World this fall, my kids made one thing clear – they wanted to dine with princesses!
For this planning Dad – that means researching a character meal.
Here are a few facts I know…
1. Breakfast is the cheaper meal of the day at any table-service restaurant.
2. There are several character breakfasts around Walt Disney World.
3. Some of the character breakfasts are NOT princesses.
After looking around, the choices came down to two – Cinderella’s Royal Table or the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
I did my pro and con research with the help of many websites, YouTube videos and my trusty Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World With Kids.
So, let’s get to the tale of the tape!
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Royal Table is IN Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Akershus is in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.
Winner: Breakfast in the #1 iconic building in all of Walt Disney World? It’s an easy win for Royal Table.
Both allow you access to breakfast BEFORE the parks open.
If you eat at the Royal Table, you’re out a bit early to jump on Peter Pan’s Flight before it gets too crowded.
If you eat at Akershus, you’re out a bit early to jump in line for Frozen Ever After and then to meet Anna and Elsa.
Winner: Getting on the ONE ride in World Showcase the kids are clamoring for and more princesses directly after having breakfast with some. Win for Akershus.
Royal Table Breakfast (according to WDWinfo.com) ranges from $45.00-$65.00 per adult; $35.00-$45.00 per child (ages 3-9). Costs TWO table service dining credits if you’re on the Disney Food Plan. (Why We’re MAD At Disney Dining Plan!) It’s also a pre-pay before you go deal. So money is out if you don’t go.
Winner: Since we’re not on the Disney Dining Plan, the cost is more or less a PUSH for us. If you had to spend TWO credits for breakfast at Royal Table, Akershus would be a clear winner.
Who do we get to meet with? According to the Unofficial Guide…
Royal Table: Cinderella (duh), Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Snow White, Fairy Godmother
Akershus: (usually a selection of 4 or more) Ariel, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Mary Poppins and yes… Cinderella.
Winner: Belle is a big difference maker with my kids. They love Beauty and the Beast. And they’d trade to get Mary Poppins over Fairy Godmother too. You can see Cinderella at either. Akershus wins.
TIME WITH THE PRINCESSES
Again, according to the Unofficial Guide, the breakdown is as follows:
Royal Table: 1 princess per 26 guests
Akershus: 1 princess per 54 guests.
Winner: Not a huge difference here, the kids will still get quality time with the Princesses since both are rather small (compared to a place like the Crystal Palace where it’s a 1:89 ratio). But Looks like a slightly smaller crowd at Royal Table.
Royal Table is a Pre Fixe served meal. Quiche, Mickey Waffles for the Kids, French Toast and more.
Akershus is a buffet and family style combo. Starts with a Norway buffet, and the classic breakfast awesomeness of eggs, meats, potato, cinnamon rolls and more.
Winner: If I’m paying the same, I want a buffet and family style to maximize my dollar’s value. That’s Akershus, hands down.
Unofficial Guide gives Royal Table – 3 stars | Akershus – 3.5 stars
According to the amazing AJ from the Disney Food Blog her favorite food would be Akershus for the variety.
Winner: It’s close, but Akershus gets the nod.
Let’s Tally It Up!
LOCATION – Royal Table
TIMING – Akershus
PRICING – Push (unless you’re on Disney Dining – then it’s Akershus for sure)
PRINCESSES – Akershus (if Belle is there, other wise it’s a push)
TIME WITH THE PRINCESSES – Royal Table
FOOD SERVICE – Akershus
FOOD QUALITY – Akershus
Royal Table 2 | Akershus 4
The winner and host of our DADventure character breakfast is the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
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Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the DADventure!