We had a great experience dining at Akershus and meeting the princesses. I've added a photo montage of our pictures from that dinner. You will see that there are no photos of my son. He chose to be a real stinker and participated in none of the pictures . . . maybe next time!
During our vacation in Walt Disney World, it was extremely cold. Nothing like choosing vacation dates that will let you escape the cold winter of New Hampshire to end up being even colder in Florida! Now both my girls like to dress up as princesses, but my two year old Emily takes it to a whole new level. She is definitely our girly-girl of the two. She puts on her play jewelry in the morning, always wants to wear dresses, and her new thing these days is that she can't play outside when it is windy because "the wind ruins my hair." So, having said that the night of our princess dinner, I made both girls wear the dresses over their clothes. It was nearing 45 degrees and much too cold to wear the dresses alone. Surprisingly, Emily went along with it. But the most special moment when getting dressed was when Hayley helped Emily put her tiara on. It made my whole night!
We made our way to Epcot by bus and between the hotel and making our way through Epcot to the Norway Pavillion, cast members and other guests made a huge deal about the girls being all dressed up as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Emily was in her glory. Hayley, our extremely shy girl, just took it all in, but really wanted to just get to the princesses. When we arrived at Akershus, we checked in and waited outside for them to call our names. It was already getting a little chilly, but luckily, we were announced in just moments and brought inside. As we entered the restaurant, we stood in line to get our picture taken with Belle. Both girls were very excited. Emily was especially excited because the twin one year old girls in front of us were both in Snow White dresses like her.
When it was our turn to meet Belle, both girls went right up to her, but Hayley could not figure out how to give her a hug without stepping on the dress. She tried to do the bend over hug from a few feet away, but Belle convinced her to come in close and not to worry about her dress. Belle was so sweet to the girls and we were able to get some very good pictures.
After having our picture taken with Belle, we were then escorted to our table. We were right near the cold bar and my husband made a plate for each of us while I sat with Joey and the girls who were patiently waiting for the princesses. About 5 minutes after being seated, the questions started, "Where's Belle? Where's Snow White?" I think they asked for every princess over and over until we got our food, 20 minutes after being seated. The food held them over and saved me from answering, for the millionth time, when the princesses will be arriving. As soon as we were finishing our meals, the princesses were just about at our table. Emily and Hayley were beaming, Joey not so much.
The first princess to arrive was Sleeping Beauty, Hayley's favorite. She was so good with the girls and made a huge deal about Hayley's Sleeping Beauty dress, even commenting that Flora, Fauna and Merriweather must have been busy making the dress for Hayley. Hayley was in seventh heaven though when Aurora commented on how she wished her dress had a bow like Hayley's. Snow White was the next to arrive, Emily's favorite. She talked so fast that I couldn't understand some of the things she said, so I am pretty sure the girls didn't either. Emily was dressed as Snow White, but Snow White didn't make any comment about it. It was a couple of quick pictures and then Ariel arrived. She was very cute, but spoke so softly and said so little, the girls just gave her hugs and we took a few pictures. Cinderella was the last to arrive. She was so sweet and made a big deal about both girls being princesses. Emily let me know after she left that Cinderella was the most beautiful princess she had ever seen.
The girls loved that they met all the princesses, but all my pictures of the princesses were taken within a 10 minute time period. It was over very quickly and the girls kept asking when they would be back. That was hard to explain to a two and three year old. Luckily, they were distracted when the dessert arrived moments after Cinderella left. Surprisingly, there were five of us, but our waitress only brought one plate of dessert.
Now leaving Akershus was quite an experience to say the least. The girls wanted to say bye to Belle, but of course, she was very busy welcoming new guests. Once we were able to leave the building, another whole issue erupted, yes, erupted. At this point at night it was quite chilly to say the least, I would say in the 30s. Hayley gladly put her sweatshirt on and was ready to tour Epcot. Now Emily on the other hand was not. She was adamant that she was not going to cover her Snow White dress because no one would be able to see it. After a small tantrum and pulling a blanket out of the backpack, I was able to convince her she could wear the blanket as a "princess robe" rather than cover her dress with her sweatshirt. Who knew that would be such an issue???
It was a very expensive meal and at first we were not so sure that it was worth it. But, of course, we do know that we were paying for the experience, not the food. Now looking back and hearing my girls, 5 months later, still talk about having dinner with the princesses, we realize it was worth every penny! We'll be back in 2011, and we can't wait!
Menu for Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Dinner (posted at AllEars)
You can check out more of my montages on my You Tube Channel ~ WDWMom2jhe
*This post was originally over on my home blog in September 2010. I am not sure why I posted it over there, but it is a much better fit here!