Akershus Princess Storybook Fantasy Festival of Dining: The Experience!

When I woke up 2 hours later I felt worse than when I’d gone to sleep. D’oh! But I shook it off, took a shower, and got all tarted up for my big day out with Jensey! Hooray!

I’d never done one of these – before I met Patrick, I always went to Disneyland by myself. Now we go together or, if we’re lucky, sometimes with other couples. But I feel like I’ve been let in on the secret of the Girls’ Day in the Parks, ‘cuz oh my gosh, hanging out with Jensey was SO much fun!

Note: I apologize for the copious amounts of photos I’m about to include. I’m already bad at whittling down the number of my own pictures, and with the Roots’ photos it’s impossible to choose!

Jensey whisked us over to Epcot in the Rootmobile and we booked it to Norway. We ended up being a leetle bit late for our 11:05 breakfast ADR, but it worked out OK thanks to the baffling check-in process.

First, you check in with the podium girl, but don’t under any circumstances proceed to the conga line of people creeping toward the Grip ‘n’ Grin Princess Photo Op that’s the first stop on your way to breakfast! Instead, you must mill around in front of the entrance, blocking the door, until at least five minutes have passed. Then your name will be called and you may go wait at the back of the line. No waiting in line before your name is called, though—and don’t even think of sneaking off to buy School Bread at Kringla Bakery!

Eventually we were dumped into the photo corral with Princess Aurora, who was very sweet and smiley and only once whispered “Help me!” under her breath. The PhotoPass guy took a shot with Jensey’s camera first, which was nice….

I love how my troublesome lower half recedes in this picture so much as to be nonexistent - I'm the Floating Torso of Doom!

We did feel a little tricked though when the shot that PhotoPass chose for our commemorative folio and prints was the one where someone told us to pretend to be sleeping but Sleeping Beauty kept her eyes open and looked all lovely as we pantomimed drooling…

No, your eyesight isn't going - it's just a bad scan of the photo!

After shaking off Aurora, who was clawing at our arms and mouthing “Take me with you!” we were escorted to a table in my favorite spot—right near the busing station! I must have stamped on my forehead in code only Disney can read: “Seat this woman at the worst table in the house!”

Still we had a nice view of the proceedings. I’d heard that Akershus was a ghetto for, shall we say, inauthentic-looking princesses, but this wasn’t the case that day—those ladies were all gorgeous!

True, Mary Poppins is not a princess or even Norwegian. However, she is conveniently available whenever real princesses call in sick!

Our Meta Moment:

A cheerful fellow in hose came by and told us how breakfast worked: We could go to the appetizer/pastry buffet as often as we liked, and they would bring us an all-you-care-to-stuff-down platter of hot breakfast food. We went to investigate the buffet. As I’d feared, when you get the last seating time for breakfast, the pickings are slim:

This shot pretty much encapsulates my worst nightmares of buffets...

Mmmmm! Picked-over...uh... gefiltefluügen!

Well, at least they have, um, lignionhöoven!

By the time we got back to our table, the breakfast platter was already there.

What, no Mickey waffles?!

As we were raising our first forkfuls, Belle came by and insisted on taking a picture with us. We set our forks back down and Jensey handed me her ginormous Canon EOS 5D Mach III Turbo ExXxtreme, which I gingerly hoisted like a loaded gun and then hung on to for dear life as it squeezed off dozens of shots in rapid succession (hope I didn’t hit anybody!).

I took this picture! (Not pictured: shots of the floor, the wall, the table, Jensey's elbow, my nostril, etc.)

Jensey & Ricardo Montalban

We bid Belle farewell and were just about to take that first bite when… “Oh hello, Mary Poppins!”

“Well that was a jolly holiday. Now how about some grub—ooooor a photo with Snow White…”

It's a Fake-Off!

By the time Jasmine came by our stomachs were growling, the food was ice cold, and a fly had actually tasted our breakfast before we had. I didn’t even bother standing up for my photo cuz I wanted to be that much closer to the food when it was over.

Whoa. I think Jasmine's torso would trounce the Floating Torso of Doom in a cage match!

At last we got to tuck into our meal undisturbed, mostly because the restaurant was now closed…


The food was declared “meh” by Jensey, who is a big connoisseur of Disney breakfasts, and I concurred. I mean, for one thing, what kind of hot breakfast platter doesn’t have something sweet on it, be it a waffle, a pancake or French toast? The smoked salmon I scavenged from the buffet was very tasty, but I don’t even remember the other stuff.

However, one good thing about having the last breakfast seating is that you’re first in line when they put out the lunch buffet!

Lunch has been open for 30 seconds and there's already dropped food?

Although we’d only just wolfed down breakfast, I insisted on trying all the least identifiable foods on the lunch buffet just because I could. The biggest mystery were the brown slabs to the right of the yellow goo in this picture.

I ate it and I’m still not sure what it was — maybe cheese?

On our way out, Jensey got a few more shots of the place. It’s so pretty!




One of the thoughts that had woken me on the plane was the realization that I’d forgotten my doofy sun hat, which is a touring staple when you are as freakishly pale as I am.

Doofy Sun Hat


So the first order of business after we rolled out of Akershus Princess Storybook Fantasy Festival of Dining: The Experience! was to get me a new hat. I did not have high hopes for finding anything remotely fashionable or even Mickey-free. However, the first thing we came across was a merchandise booth set up for Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, and there was a large display of sun hats – hooray!

They also had Mickey garden gnomes.


"Hmmm.... nice!”


"Double the sun protection!'


"Uh, no!"


"We have a winner!"


I didn’t know it at the time, but this hat ended up becoming something of a mascot for my trip. I got so many compliments on it and on whatever outfit I was wearing with it, and nobody could believe I bought it at the park. The coolest thing is, I’ve been wanting a glamorous Audrey Hepburn-style hat for years, but I just kinda lucked into it that day.

Hat secured, Jensey and I staggered around in the heat for a bit trying not to sweat in front of each other. Seriously, it was 90 degrees out—I thought everyone said May had the perfect weather?

At any rate, I was totally in my element, because Jensey had told me to holler if I saw anything I wanted a photo of—which is exactly my touring dynamic with DH. (“Get a shot of those pretty flowers!” “Can you take a close-up of that?” “I want a photo of this!” [motions to a vast 180-degree vista]…)

As Jensey says, "Favorite!"


Second favorite.


Just don't look down...




Next stop…

(And every time a baby cries, a fairy's life is snuffed out...)



Jensey was shooting all these gorgeous pix while we were wandering around and gabbing. The heat was starting to do us in, though, so I suggested we stop by the air conditioned festival center which, as at last year’s Food & Wine Festival, was inside the Wonders of Life Pavilion (i.e., way out in the boonies) and offered absolutely nothing interesting to do.

I was having a fabulous time talking Jensey’s ear off, but I felt guilty that we weren’t really doing anything. Then I remembered the To Do and To Eat lists I’d entered in my iPhone, so I looked those up to see if there was anything we could knock out while at Epcot.

A-ha! We could “Check Sunshine Seasons for peanut butter chocolate cake” that I’d enjoyed on two previous visits but which had been reported missing since last fall. So off we trudged to the Land Pavilion, all the way on the other side of Future World.

We took an air-conditioned short cut:

Our destination.


OK, so you know how there are those two looooong escalators down to Sunshine Seasons/the Soarin’ queue? Well, Patrick and I have this tradition of smooching every time we ride an escalator cuz it’s the only time I get to be the shorter one, and I can throw my arms around his neck like a movie heroine. So the escalator ride made me kinda sad….

As if that weren’t depressing enough, when we got to Sunshine Seasons, we found they STILL don’t have any peanut butter chocolate cake!

Not here...


...or here...


... or here!


Bowed but not broken, we decided the next logical step was to do another thing from my To Do/To Eat list: investigate the peanut butter chocolate cake slice at BoardWalk Bakery!

Our journey took us past the Magical Music Days stage, where a group of adorably earnest junior high schoolers had just wobbled their way through “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted.

One of several really fun-looking playgrounds set up for the Flower & Garden Festival




All of Jensey’s practice shooting in real Paris finally pays off!


Up Next: Stalking DIS Bride Lori’s Wedding!!!


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5 Responses
  • Christine
    August 22, 2018

    I realize this is like a million years later, but I’m gonna comment anyway. I think that unidentifiable stuff on the lunch buffet is brown cheese – a favorite in Norway. I’ve never had it but it looks like what I’ve seen.

    Ok, back to re-reading old trip reports while I lunch in Chipotle…

    • Carrie
      August 22, 2018

      BWAAAAhahahahahahaaaaa! Thank you for commenting a million years later. Now I am posthumously bummed that I did not sample any of the brown cheese!

      • Christine
        September 1, 2018

        Maybe next time you can sneak in for a sample… and be sure to report back! Haha

      • Stine
        March 8, 2020

        Even later: It IS indeed brown goats cheese 🙂 it’s called “myseost” in Norwegian, and take it from a Scandinavian: It’s vile and an insult to the good name of cheese!

        Thanks for making these awesome reports. It’ll be a few years before I can go back to the US and The Motherland (aka WDW), and Reading your reports is like being there myself!

        • Carrie
          March 8, 2020

          That’s awesome! Thank you for solving the Mystery of the Cheese! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the reports!

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