Princess Storybook Review – Epcot World Showcase

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Reviews of Princess Storybook meals Dine with Disney Princesses in a regal setting with soaring ceilings and wooden beams. Meals showcase an assortment of American and Norwegian cold and hot entrees. 

Visit The Mouse for Less  Princess Storybook Breakfast Menu, Princess Storybook Lunch Menu, Princess Storybook Dinner Menu

Cuisine: Norwegian

Service Type: Character Dining – Family-style

Price Range: $$ ($15 to $35.99), $$$ ($36 to $59.99)

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Norway Pavilion

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15 Replies to “Princess Storybook Review – Epcot World Showcase”

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    This was my husband’s and daughter’s favorite restaurant from our trip. In his words, “The food was phenomenal! Try the cheeses! We will be going back!”

    The princesses were great, and were sure to spend a few minutes at each table. My daughter really enjoyed the entire dinner and atmosphere.

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    Great restaurant all my kids including my boys loved it. Food was great we were actually shocked how good the food was. Princesses were awesome took their time with each child and adult even. Service was wonderful. Definitely a must do !

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    Okay for Children: Absolutely, especially if they are Princess fans!

    Okay for Couples: Perhaps – the setting is very pretty, but you might get annoyed if a Princess comes to talk to your own Prince Charming!

    Be Sure to Try: Almost everything on the Taste of Norway appetizer buffet (koldtbordt) is delicious. The rice cream dessert is subtle, light, and wonderful

    General tips: What is described on the menu as “beef dumplings” are actually meatballs.

    TheMouseForLess Tip: The lunch menu varies just slightly from the dinner menu, and the price at lunch is less than that at dinner.

    Extra Comments: For some reason, when we arrived, slightly less than half our table got the lunch menu instead of the dinner menu.

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    Food: food was crummy

    Atmosphere: really loud

    Okay for Children: perfect- met Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora

    Okay for Couples: if thats your thing

    Be Sure to Try: the potato casserole

    General tips: the breakfast comes with a pic before your seated- make sure your little ones have clean faces & have had a small snack before getting there so they arent so grumpy while taking the pics. You get about 1 hr to do it ALL before your given the evil eye & no more service- this can be hard if you have little ones (buffet line, pics, eating, cutting up food, etc) remember this if you plan to go.

    Extra Comments: Granddaughters ages 1 & 2 loved it & Ariel was the BOMB, even said something to my grandaughter about needing a clean dinglehopper when it fell on the floor– IF YOU HAVE A PARTY OF 6 ASK THE WAITER TO BRING 2 PLATES OF EGGS/MEAT AT THE SAME TIME otherwise 1 end of the table doesnt see eggs or bacon

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    Be Sure to Try: I was a little scared regarding the menu. Swedish. However it was great. My dd 33 months at the time, really only ate the buffet. she was too excited to meet “Her princesses”

    General tips: It’s easier to get reservations than Cinderella’s Royal Table but still need ADR.

    Extra Comments: This is a great alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table. I was VERY impressed. We met Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Belle was in front taking picturs as we walked in.

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    Okay for Children: Yes, one word PRINCESSES. We saw Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel.

    Okay for Couples: Maybe. The food was very good.

    Be Sure to Try: Pork shanks fell off bone. Even the kids ate all of theirs. The Lamb Stew was wonderful without being gamey. The Mustard glazed Salmon was perfect. Even the Kjottake was good. Everybody let anyone in our group that wanted to taste the other dishes. There was so much food we only took little tastes of the desserts.

    General tips: The interaction with the Princesses was wonderful. They spent time talking with the girls, signed autographs and even harrassed the two 17 year old boys good naturedly.

    TheMouseForLess Tip: If you can’t do Cinderella’s Royal Table, I would recommend this highly.

    Extra Comments: Our Server Therese G. was very pleasant and informative in helping us pick our entrees and when I told her my son had a coconut allergy she gave him a plate with out the dessert with coconut on it.

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    Okay for Children: Yes, We never had to ask for princess to come by and the kids loved the interaction!

    Okay for Couples: Yes, my husband who isn’t a disney fanatic loved it and even smiled in the pictures!

    Be Sure to Try: The potatoes were delicious!! I think they put cheese in them, yum!!

    General tips: We got there for a 9:50am ressie and we weren’t given our pager until then but it was only maybe a 10 to 15 minute wait and the best thing was you got to take a picture with Belle or probably anyone of the princess’.

    Extra Comments:Mary Poppins was outside the restaurant taking pictures and giving out autographs and if you go for breakfast you will be one of the first ones to ride the norway boat ride. I think we got on the 3rd boat!!

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    Okay for Children: Great – and pictures with every Princess you can imagine!

    Okay for Couples: No. Probably better for families with kids. My teenagers loved it! So would younger children.

    Be Sure to Try: It’s all good and on a buffet.

    General Tips: Tables in Wonderland is great!

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    Be Sure to Try: I really didn’t think this was a bad meal despite worrying about what I was going to eat. I don’t eat fish, but the cod was light and flakey and perfectly poached. My mom, who eats fish regularly, would have raved about this meal. The salmon on it was also quite good (and I don’t eat salmon as I think it is usually too fishy). I really thought the entire meal needed some catsup or cocktail sauce, but DH kept going on about how light and good that fish was so I just put pepper on it. (He actually said if I put catsup on that perfectly poached fish the chef would probably have a heart attack). My son had a decent portion of chicken, and really ate a lot from the cold board. Dessert was attractively presented with a scoop of Rice Cream with strawberry sauce on either side and two pieces of chocolate cake in one corner and lingonberry cheesecake in the other. Our server came by after dessert and asked how we liked it. DH said he really liked the cheesecake and she offered to get more, which he accepted. Norwegian food is usually not very strongly seasoned, and the desserts are not very sweet. Lingonberries are tart (think cranberries the size of small blueberries) so if you’re looking for a lot of flavor at once you will not get it at this place. I went to this dinner mainly because I have never gone and as a MFLT agent I send people to Akershus all the time. So in the name of research I tried something new, which is what this entire trip has been about for me and my family.

    General tips: This restaurant seats in groups of tables to help with the princess flow. Checking in more than 10 minutes early is pointless. I arrived 20 minutes early and they told me to come back in 10 minutes! Never have I been told to come back for any Princess meal; usually I have just been checked in and put into the seating queue. There is a new batch of international staff at Epcot (they showed up three weeks ago) and they’re not quite with the entire system yet. It was not “Disney-ish” to tell me to come back. But I did as I was told and moseyed around for a little while and when I came back there were two new CMs (one here just three weeks) at the podium.

    TheMouseForLess tips: There is nothing “for less” about this meal. Don’t be scared by the menu; ask them for grilled chicken if nothing appeals to you at all. I will do this meal over CRT only because I think the restaurant is much better designed for characters. At least in Akershus I don’t have other people in my photos; CRT is very small with too many tables packed in there. (JMO, of course)

    Extra Comments: Ariel stands in the front of the restaurant and a photo is taken of your party before you are seated. Our photographer did not do a good job of centering everyone otherwise I would have purchased the photos. (Had they offered a retake I would have taken it). Ariel was in a green gown, looking remarkedly like drapery fabric. I guess I was expecting a bit more satin! Our Cinderella was “normal” sized (she probably wore a good size 10-12) in a brocade drapery-type fabric gown. Aurora was wearing her pink dress–no drapery fabric, LOL. DH said that Ariel looked a bit old but I told him this was probably the Ariel after she had been married for a few years and had Melody. LOL. All of these women were probably in their late 20’s or even around 30. This surprised me as most princesses I’ve seen are on the very young side. Belle was probably about 30, and did the french accented “bonjour” quite well. She was wearing the blue pinafore (satin-y fabric–no brocade). Jasmine did not look too thrilled to be there, but this was a pretty good Aurora. If you have a princess crazed little girl, or you’re heading to WDW and don’t want to spend two TS credits on the dining plan for princesses at the castle for breakfast, then do this meal. I thought the food was good, albeit a bit bland. I would order what I did again, but next time I will definitely get some catsup.

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    Okay for Children: Definitely – especially for little girls

    Okay for Couples: There is certainly nothing wrong with this restaurant for couples, but it’s not quiet and you will be visited by princesses

    Be Sure to Try: Some of the items on the cold buffet were really unique. I would say that you should really try some of the traditional Norwegian items. We really enjoyed the hard boiled eggs and the herring in tomato, and the cheeses were very good. The lingonberry cheesecake was also very good.

    General tips: Definitely make an ADR as soon as you can for this restaurant – they were not taking any walk-ups the day we had lunch there due to the restaurant being booked. Our own personal tip for character dining is to sit all the children on the outside of the table, together, so it is easier to get photos of them with the characters

    TheMouseForLess tips: Not much you can do dollarless here – the lunch portions were just appropriate sized for one person. We are lucky that our 5 year old gets too busy with the characters to be interested in her food – the 1 year old benefitted from a great lunch this way. Your best bet would be to make this an early lunch or late lunch and skip either breakfast or dinner. You can certainly get a little crazy at the cold buffet, almost making a meal on just the salads and cold cuts.

    Extra Comments: Your magical experience begins when your name is called – as ours was just minutes after checking in at the podium. The hostess called the Royal Family Skamarakas, and Eilis got all excited! Our first stop was in a little room just off the entrance where Ariel stood in a lovely blue dress, marvelling over how wonderful it was to have feet! They take a professional photo here, which they later offer to you at your table for $31 for the package.

    The princesses that came to our table included Cinderella, Mulan (first time we have EVER met Mulan!), Jasmine, and Belle. Belle spent a good 5 minutes or more with Eilis – she talked about her name, talked about books, listened to Eilis talk about her favorite books – she was WONDERFUL! The other princesses did the quick “Hello, Princess! Would you like your picture taken?” and then goodbye. Eilis’ eyes nearly popped out when she saw Mulan – she thought that was the greatest thing ever.

    The food here was okay – there is nothing really to write home about, and nothing really stands out that much. Jim’s meal – which is a ground meat patty – was very similar in taste and texture to a salisbury steak that you get in one of those frozen dinners. The trout was good – nothing special.

    Our server was Newt, and he was very attentive. Our glasses were never empty, and he checked back often to see how things were. He also apologized a few times for not getting back to us quickly enough, but he seemed to always be there when we needed him, so we saw no need for apologies.

    The thing here, though, is the princesses. I imagine that they could give you a bologna sandwich and you would still want this experience for you little girls. Mine loved it. It was a once per child’s lifetime meal for us – there are way better restaurants at EPCOT – but the kids have to have this experience.

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    Food: – everything served family style on one plate – sausages, cheesy hashbrowns, eggs, biscuits. Not exactly what my kids would eat. They nibbled.

    Service: – had a good waiter

    Atmosphere: – what a blast! Love the castle-feel !

    Be Sure to Try: Cheesy Hashbrowns ! Yummy!

    General tips: MUST do ADRs – saw people turned away constantly!

    TheMouseForLess tips: DDP

    Extra Comments: A great character experience!

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    Okay for Children: Yes, children can try a variety of dishes or traditional children favorites such as hotdogs, P&J, and macaroni and cheese,

    Okay for Couples: Yes, despite being a buffet the atmosphere is not as lively and loud as the Biergarten buffet and there are individual tables. Perhaps the host can sit you in a secluded area which is even better.

    Okay for Couples: Yes, despite being a buffet the atmosphere is not as lively and loud as the Biergarten buffet and there are individual tables. Perhaps the host can sit you in a secluded area which is even better.
    Be Sure to Try: The cold smoked salmon was delicious as was the cucumber salad, the shrimp salad was also good. This buffet contains a lot of seafood items so if you like seafood you will love this buffet. Cooked to order favorites included the grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised lamb and cabbage, Venison stew, and poached cod.

    General tips: The restaurant gets very busy and often it is hard to get an early ADR- if you plan on eating here make your ADR as soon as possible.

    TheMouseForLess tips: The hot items used to be included on the buffet but now they are cooked to order and brought to your table (its still all you can eat but you have to wait for the server to bring it to you). We would order our next hot dish when the server brought the one to our table that we had just ordered to keep things moving along and to also make sure we could try what we wanted without waiting.

    Also, a late ADR might be better as the crowds at the buffet will not be as heavy and getting hot entrees is a bit easier and faster. Drinks such as soda and iced tea are included in the price as well as free refills.

    Extra Comments: Despite being busy the kitchen handled bringing out the hot entrees in good time. However, if you do not ask your server to bring you the next hot entree you wish to try they often will not ask you and you will have to wait until they come around again to check on you. The atmosphere, despite being a big restaurant, is somewhat cozy and is like eating inside of an old castle.

    This restaurant is a great place to try foods such as Norwegian dishes or seafoods that you normally do not see on menus anywhere else.

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    Be Sure to Try: the potatoes, YUM!!!!

    General tips: Our ADR was for 10:20 am. This gave us plenty of time to ride Soarin’ after rope drop (no line!) We had a short wait at Akershus and most of the dining room had cleared out before we were done so we had a little extra character time.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Love that dining plan (especially when it’s free). If you plan on doing more than one character meal and table service meals, seriously consider getting the dining plan.

    Extra Comments: Food allergic dd was able to get the same “safe” waffles she eats at home, plus the chef made her “safe” potatoes.

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    Okay for Children: Yes, especially if you are Princess Fan

    Okay for Couples: Yes. The Restaurant is quite lovely.

    Be Sure to Try: They served family style and you could get more. It was typical breakfast fare.

    General tips: The Princesses were more relaxed and took time with us. Even DH enjoyed Mary Poppins. Also, it is a rather lengthy walk from the entrance to the front.

    TheMouseForLess tips: I can’t say enough about the Dining Plan. We are a family that prefers sitting to eat and character meals. The Dining Plan is the only way to go in this case!

    Extra Comments: Snow White was TERRIFIC! Even remembered us when we were touring the World Showcase! And Mary Poppins was great as well. Great interaction with the children and adults!

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    Be Sure to Try: Everything Ð the food here was pretty good Ð I especially liked the potatoes and the fresh fruit

    General tips: This restaurant was chock full of people with priority seatings and our PS was at 9:55 a.m. My suggestion would be to use the 120 day window and call as early as possible. It wasnÕt a problem getting the PS, but it would have been a very long wait if we didnÕt have one.

    Dollarless tips: Not dollarless at all, but a good meal, and large enough to allow skipping lunch if made late enough in the morning.

    Extra Comments: Our server, Magnus, was not that kid-friendly, and slightly grunted when we asked for a second skillet of food (our skillet was half the size of other people with the same number of people in their party. Overall, the service was slow, but I saw other tables with other servers getting their food brought out without asking first, and having their drinks refilled before their cups were empty. Overall, this is a good restaurant, but Magnus needed a little coffee (or an attitude adjustment). The princesses on hand at this breakfast were Belle, Aurora, Mary Poppins, Snow White and Jasmine.

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