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EPCOT - DINING IN NORWAY
When my parents holiday in Florida without the rest of the family they nearly always visit Epcot and dine at one of the world showcases.
Earlier this year they visited Norway and had a most enjoyable evening. Their visit was in early March so there were not many crowds and they took advantage of this to have their first ride on Maelstrom before they went to dine.
Maelstrom is an adventure packed boat ride with the tricky trolls and polar bears. They enjoyed this but say you really need to hold on for the descent into the North Sea and it was only good luck that they did not get very wet!
As it was quiet my parents had not pre-booked but said it was just their good fortune that there had been a cancellation for 2 and in hindsight they would always book if they visited in the future.
The restaurant claims to be a Viking adventure in a Norwegian Castle with all the staff in traditional Norwegian clothes and it does not disappoint. There is a traditional Koldbord ( a Norwegian smorgasbord) with a fantastic selection of Salads, hand carved Deli Meats, Smoked and Cured Seafood specialities, Home style Herrings, authentic Cheeses and freshly baked Breads. You could have as much of this as you wished and my Mother says she was seriously considering whether she could eat any more after this!
Onto the entrées which were “ All you care to enjoy – hot from the kitchen”! These were cooked individually for you and my Mother’s initial choice was Hearty Viking Favorites, which comprised of vegetables, boiled potatoes, mashed rutabaga and meatballs. My Mother still raves about the rutabaga although still does not know what kind of vegetable it was just that it was mashed with carrots, potatoes, cream and nutmeg. Father ordered and enjoyed Grilled Atlantic Salmon. To their relief the portions were quite small but as soon as they finished their server returned to ask for their next selection of entrée! My Father opted for Venison Stew whilst my Mother attempted, and failed to finish Pasta Akerhus. She said it was very good, fettuccine with grilled chicken and oven dried tomato pesto, but she really was full. Father declined any more entrees after his stew.
Dinner was $19.99. Children 3 to 11 8.99 which they thought was excellent value. There was also a Little Viking Menu for children 3 to 11 that comprised the usual Hot Dos, Meatballs,Peanut butter etc.
Both parents opted for a Viking Coffee, which included Bailey’s Irish Cream, to complete their meal before they wandered outside to listen to the Norwegian Folk music where the musicians are in costume using traditional Norwegian instruments.
They had a very enjoyable evening and found the Akerhus to be both suitable for adults and families regardless of their age, the staff were amongst most attentive they had experienced in Disney.
I believe, although do not know anyone that has been to one, that the Akerhus also do “All You Can Eat” Character meals. These meals can be Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and prices range for $15 to $29. Children can mix with the Disney Princesses and friends whilst they collect autographs and have their photos taken.
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