Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Akershus is a table service restaurant in Epcot featuring a slew of princesses. It's one of our favorites for many reasons:
- It's less expensive than dining in Cinderella's castle. If you are on the dining plan, a meal at the castle will cost you 2 table service credits, while Akershus is 1.
- The inside of the restaurant has a castle feel to it, which the kids enjoy, especially if you aren't eating at the castle.
- I've always been able to score a dining reservation here, versus Cinderella's castle, which fills up quickly.
- The food is good! We've had both breakfast and lunch here. For breakfast, the table receives plates of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and potato casserole to share. There is also a buffet with Norwegian items, along with American breakfast staples such as bagels and yogurt. For my kids, who love waffles and pancakes, this wasn't a top breakfast choice. (I'm sure that will change as their taste buds mature.) Lunch was good as well and probably a better option for the kids.
- There's good princess interaction. Both times we met Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
Tusker House Restaurant
This is a character dining restaurant in Animal Kingdom. We ate breakfast here during our last trip and I'm planning on making a reservation for breakfast again for our upcoming trip. There was a huge selection of food to choose from at the buffet, more than enough to satisfy both adults and little ones. I thought everything I ate was delicious, most especially the frittatas, breakfast potatoes and the biscuits and gravy. The character interaction was decent. Goofy was a dud but Mickey more than made up for it.
Cape May Cafe
Cape May Cafe is a table service, character meal (at breakfast only) restaurant at the Beach Club Resort offering breakfast and dinner, both of which are served buffet style. We ate breakfast here when we stayed at the Beach Club. If you can't tell, I think breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out, especially at Disney. The character interaction was good as was the food. My only complaint, and this was really Allie's complaint, is that the photo on the elevator advertising the restaurant clearly showed pancakes but they don't actually serve pancakes. The poor kid was in the middle of her allergic reaction to Advil and just wanted pancakes, like she had seen in the photo, but none were to be found.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Ice cream. Need I say more? This little restaurant (it's tiny inside, much smaller than I expected) is located at the Beach Club Resort. It is a table service restaurant that also has a take-out counter for ice cream. When we ate here, we could not make reservations but Disney's website now states that reservations are accepted. It's a good place if you're looking for burgers, sandwiches and ice cream.
The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is a buffet style restaurant at Magic Kingdom featuring Winnie the Pooh characters. We've eaten lunch twice here and although there isn't a huge selection, the food is decent and it seems to be your best bet for table service dining, especially with little kids, in the Magic Kingdom.
Flame Tree Barbecue
I love barbecue and always insist on stopping here for lunch or an early dinner when we're in Animal Kingdom. It's a quick service restaurant with outdoor tables. We always head down to the little covered seating area that offers views of Expedition Everest to eat.
La Catina de San Angel
Even though this is just a quick service restaurant in Epcot, the food always seems really yummy.
Possible Future Dining Experiences
Chef Mickey's - I've heard mixed reviews about this restaurant so I'm still on the fence. I suppose if we ever stay at the Contemporary, then we'll definitely try it out. The fact that it's at a resort, although it is on the monorail, has been somewhat of a deterrent.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - I always mean to try to squeeze this into our itinerary but never do, mainly due to the location.
'Ohana - I think the girls would enjoy the Lilo and Stitch character breakfast.
Any other good restaurants/Disney dining experiences I'm missing?