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  1. Dack
    March 27, 2017

    Thanks Dave and Kelly. I flipped my reservation to a different day which is a non-EMH day. Right now it is set for 9:25 and the park opens up at 9am. Do you think they will let us in early that morning with a 925 reservation? Trying to avoid using a FP for Frozen ever after, if I can.

    Thank you again,

    Dack

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    • Dave
      March 28, 2017

      Dack, I don’t think so–I think early entry is just for pre-opening reservations

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  2. Kelly B – Agent with Destinations in Florida
    March 27, 2017

    Hi Dack,

    Most likely not. Disney suggests you arrive at your reservation 15 minutes early. So you need to be there at about 8:10. They may let you back a few minutes before opening to make the walk to your reservation. Your best bet would be to schedule a Fastpass for Frozen. Character meals can take about 90 minutes. So I would shoot for say around 9:30 (That gives you up to 10:30 get from breakfast to the FP line)

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  3. Dack
    March 25, 2017

    Dave,
    We are going in Sept and have already booked an Akershus breakfast for one of our days. Unfortunately the only day we could book it was on an EMH day that opens at 8am and our reservation is for 8:25am. I was hoping that we could use the early morning reservation to get in line as early as possible for Frozen Ever After pre-breakfast. Do you know if they will let us in before 8am with that reservation so we can beat the crowd?

    Thank you as always,
    Dack

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    • Dave
      March 27, 2017

      Dack, everyone with pre-opening reservations will be allowed in a little before 8. But there’s no way you’ll be able to eat and also beat the crowds.

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  4. Sass
    June 24, 2016

    Just booked our trip for October 2017. We arrive 10/9 and depart 10/14 (then two days in WWoHP). Would you recommend Akershus on the first evening for dinner or is it better experienced as a breakfast? Our kids will be 8 (boy) and 9 (girl). We would love to see as many princesses as possible in one place, but are there more princesses there for breakfast as opposed to dinner or vice versa? We were considering going there for dinner on our arrival date but will change that if breakfast is better.

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    • Dave
      June 25, 2016

      Sass, there’s not enough Princess difference to matter. Evenings are easier–but more expensive–than breakfast.

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  5. Karissa
    February 26, 2016

    Thanks for getting back to me! 🙂

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  6. Karissa
    February 25, 2016

    If you still check this, this review was very helpful! I am debating between breakfast and lunch. My daughter 2.5 is picky, but my husband really wants to try the Norwegian food. If I did an 11am reservation, technically still breakfast, would be be there during the switch to lunch and get lunch food as well? What is best time for “lower” crowds? We have to go mid June… Thank you!

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    • Dave
      February 26, 2016

      Thanks Karissa! The honest answer is that I don’t know but I doubt it. The food costs are very different so I’d imagine they don;t bring out the lunch food til lunch has begun. From a timing point of view the key is to go at off hours–e.g. 11a for breakfast, 2p for lunch, rather 9a for breakfast or noon for lunch. It’s popular enuf, though, that it’ll likely be full most times you go…and will be even more popular after the Frozen attractions open in Norway, sometime this summer.

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  7. Javier
    September 10, 2015

    Hi Dave..Im booking right now on akershus for december 29 or 30 but i have this question…there are princess at every time of the day you reserve or only on specific hours …thnx best regards

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    • Dave
      September 11, 2015

      Javier, all the reservations include the princesses!

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  8. KE
    September 7, 2014

    Never came back to this page to report how AWESOME Akershus was! My daughter loved it and the food was awesome. I could have been satisfied with just the buffet offerings. I ordered the chicken sandwich and that was wonderful. My husband had the meatballs and raved about them for quite some time. This upcoming trip we are going to CRT because we are keeping our days just at MK. Never done CRT, but I would definitely recommend Akershus to those with little princesses! Some of the character meals leave a little to be desired when it comes to food, but Akershus did not! We loved all of it from start to finish!

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    • Dave
      September 8, 2014

      Thanks, KE!!

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  9. Jackie
    August 26, 2014

    Hi Dave, I have quite the dilemma. My daughter will be 3.5 years when we go to Disney next year (February 25-March 4). I am getting my itinerary in order so that I can make my reservations Friday morning. I initially contacted you to ask which parks we should attend with her with a 5-day pass and I chose MK for 3 days, AK for 1, and HS for 1.
    My daughter loves loves loves the princesses and my plan was to do Cinderella’s royal table, however I just learned of the closing for renovations. I am so upset about it and am now wondering if I should change my days to include Epcott instead of Hollywood Studios and do the Akershus Castle so that she can eat with the princesses. Is it worth it to change the park pass for the character meal? Or should we skip the meal altogether, assuming she will get her princess fix in the park itself? The last option is buying the park hopper for the 5 of us (me,husband, daughter, and in-laws) then be able to go to Epcott only for the character meal? In the last option, at least we will have a little more flexibility with parks, but I’m not sure it’s worth it. Let me know what you think.
    Thank you! Jackie

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  10. SarahB
    December 5, 2013

    Thanks, Dave!!! I, too, am debating whether it is worth it, especially at HS. On the message boards, there are those who swear it IS helpful for Jedi sign-ups (provided, of course, you request the check immediately and eat quickly) and those who say NO WAY since HS typically opens at 8:45. I am going back and forth in my mind. Our trip isn’t until May anyway, so I will keep the ressie for now and see whether any procedures are changed between now and then which could sway me either way. At AK, I am also a little torn as it seems like quite a hassle to get all the way there from BLT so early yet, given that I have grandparents in my party, it might just be helpful to already be back at Kilimanjaro Safaris after breakfast to save the mad rush from rope drop. There is a lot to consider! It does sound, though, like I can cancel the Akershus ressie. Thank you again and I hope you are enjoying yourself at the World!

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    • Dave
      December 7, 2013

      Sarah, let me know what you end up deciding, and if you do the breakfasts in May, how it works!

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  11. SarahB
    December 3, 2013

    Hi Dave. I have two boys who will be 4 and 7 on our first visit. Neither is especially into princesses. I know that at some of the other parks, there is a “touring plan” advantage to having an 8am ADR. At Crystal Palace, you can take pics on an empty Main St. At H&K, you are closer to Jedi Training sign-ups. At AK, you can take uncrowded pics in front of the Tree of Life, and you are also right by Kilimanjaro Safaris. I have not been able to discern any special “touring plan” advantage to an 8am ADR at Akershus since the Rope Drop folks are probably just as close to Soarin and Test Track. Am I missing anything? If we are not into princesses and we are already doing several other character meals (CP, H&V, Tusker, and maybe Chef Mickey’s, plus HDDR and BOG-Dinner), is there any strategic reason to also do Akershus? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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    • Dave
      December 5, 2013

      Hi Sarah! 1. I concur with the idea that you get little out of an 8a ADR at Akershus. 2. Moreover, the whole concept of 8a being a good idea,never really strong to start with (people are too ruched) has been swept aside by events except at MK. AT HS, Epcot and–I believe–AK–the parks now open typically at 8.45. So breakfast puts you behind, not ahead…

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  12. KE
    November 4, 2013

    Thanks! The menu looks delicious and since I am making dinner as I type this, I’m quite ruffled that dinner tonight won’t compare to many of those options…Oh well, only a few more weeks until I can enjoy it all! 🙂

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    • Dave
      November 5, 2013

      Have fun, KE, and write back and tell me what you think!!

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  13. KE
    November 3, 2013

    We are going to Park Fare since the last time (just hubby and me) we loved it! It was so much fun and we enjoyed the food. We also decided to do Akershus this go-’round because of our daughter. We chose the lunch since it is our last day and we will leave from EPCOT to start the drive home. Your review is wonderful for those of us who have yet to enjoy this place, but one lingering question: What entree would you recommend for those of us who are adventurous eaters but not lovers of fish?

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  14. FatmanOSU
    October 31, 2013

    I am going for the Trifecta. My daughter really wants to see the evil step mom and sister over at 1900 Park Fare. Have to do the castle and want to give her something special at Epcot. On the dining plan so not as a big an issue.

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    • Dave
      October 31, 2013

      I think the evil step mom will be a hoot! BTW…since I write this site from Ohio…which OSU?

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