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Old 02-15-2018, 08:14 AM   #11
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Princess Lover? Well indeed I am...


Definitely Akershus, a must-do for me each and every trip.

Cinderella Castle both for meeting Princesses and actually dining in the Castle.


No FastPass but can usually luck into a shorter wait for Anna and Elsa in Norway at Epcot if you hit it at an off time.


Akershus was a great way to meet the Princesses and obtain autographs if desired. Each took their time to talk with every table and pose for pictures.

We have lucked out most days at Epcot with the line for Anna & Elsa, but I would recommend just keeping an eye on the wait time through the app during your day at the park.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:50 AM   #12
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Thanks for all this great info...Keep it coming
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:22 AM   #13
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If your daughter can hang (or if she naps in the early afternoon), we found late at night to be a great way to find short lines for princesses. My two daughters were on a princess / character kick for one trip and we were able to do the 2 MK fairy tale hall princess lines and the Tinkerbelle line in under an hour around 8:30 / 9:00 pm I think.

Epcot is also a great spot because they have a listing of what times the characters are available. Jasmine and Aladdin are in the back of Morocco if the lines are too long in MK.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:24 AM   #14
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Princess Lover? Well indeed I am...


Definitely Akershus, a must-do for me each and every trip.

Cinderella Castle both for meeting Princesses and actually dining in the Castle.

Two FastPasses for Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom, one for Ariel in her bikini... er, mermaid tail, of course.

No FastPass but can usually luck into a shorter wait for Anna and Elsa in Norway at Epcot if you hit it at an off time.

Frozen, Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast shows at Hollywood Studios. All have FastPass if so desired.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:34 PM   #15
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There are no fastpasses for the Frozen Anna and Elsa meet and greet in Norway. It's standby only. Fairytale hall in MK is two separate fastpasses (or standby lines), one meet is for Cinderella/Elena and one for Rapunzel/Tiana. The Ariel meet is a separate attraction/fp from the ride which is a mistake a lot of people make. The wait for Ariel gets strangely long but it's the only one with her in the mermaid tail. I'd do all the meets first thing in the morning and you should be fine as walk-ons with no more than a 20 min wait at MK. The restaurant in the castle is a way to meet 5 princesses: Cinderella out front and then normally Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora and Snow White. But it's very expensive for the actual meal.
One thing I noticed when planning a princess meal for our upcoming trip is that there was very little difference in the price of Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus. For breakfast at CRT for one adult it was $57.52, which included tax. From what I can tell Akershus breakfast would be $52.19. CRT automatically includes tip, which ups the cost to $65.44. Assuming a similar tip at Akershus and you're still looking at only $5 cheaper.

I think the differences get bigger at lunch and dinner, but I was surprised to see how close they were. I've just always heard that Akershus is a great alternative because you still get five princesses, but it's a lot cheaper than CRT. We opted for CRT; $5 seemed a reasonable up-charge for breakfast in the castle.
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:19 PM   #16
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One thing I noticed when planning a princess meal for our upcoming trip is that there was very little difference in the price of Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus. For breakfast at CRT for one adult it was $57.52, which included tax. From what I can tell Akershus breakfast would be $52.19. CRT automatically includes tip, which ups the cost to $65.44. Assuming a similar tip at Akershus and you're still looking at only $5 cheaper.

I think the differences get bigger at lunch and dinner, but I was surprised to see how close they were. I've just always heard that Akershus is a great alternative because you still get five princesses, but it's a lot cheaper than CRT. We opted for CRT; $5 seemed a reasonable up-charge for breakfast in the castle.

One of the reasons Akershus is determined to be a better value is that so many people are on the meal plan and Akershus is the best "value" on the meal plan.

With respect to breakfast, if you are paying cash -- CRT is the way to go. Food is much nicer. And you're in the castle. If you're using a dining plan, Akershus is the way to go, since it is only one dining credit.

I've now done CRT breakfast (2x) and dinner (1x) and Akershus breakfast (2x).

Food is actually really good at CRT.
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One other character meal that gets forgotten is 1900 Park fare (both breakfast and dinner). They aren't cheap, but the characters are all good. The breakfast doesn't have any princesses, but the Mad Hatter, Alice, Mary Poppins and Tigger are there. Strange mix of characters...but all fun.

Dinner interaction is awesome. The stepsisters really steal the show if you ask me.

There's also the Bon Voyage breakfast at Tutto Trattorio on the boardwalk. It has Ariel/Eric and Rapunzel/Flynn. I haven't done that with my daughters yet. Had it on the ADR for this past trip, but DD was starting to get burned out on meet and greets so I canceled it.
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One year, my then-18YO DS made it his mission to get pictures with all the princesses.

We were there for a week and he accomplished his mission with a few days where we did park hop, etc.

No meals, though we did do a FP for Anna & Elsa as that was in place that year.

The rest were all park meet and greets. So it's definitely do-able.
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I would definitely suggest doing Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. A “Fairy Godmother In training” will transform her into princess. It is for ages 2 -12. You can buy a princess dress there or even bring your own. We did this early in the day when my daughter was young so she could enjoy being dressed up all day.

As for meals, there is Akershaus in Norway on Epcot and it can be more affordable than Cinderella’s Royal table (inside the MK). Also, 1900 park Fare is fun for dinner with Cinderella and her step family. This is a buffet and the food is actually quite good. There is a new breakfast at the Boardwalk called Trattoria Al Forno with Ariel and Prince Eric and Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder. It is hard to get into! If you are lucky enough tot get a Be Our Guest reservation, it is quick service for breakfast and lunch. For dinner , it is fancier and you can meet the Beast at the end of dinner. {he’s only there at dinner]

There are several meet and Greets…story time with Belle is fun and we love the Beauty and the Beast show in Hollywood Studios.

Also, Cinderella is at the Grand Floridian most afternoons around 3 30 pm. She was not there over the holidays but I think she is back now. She dances through the resort with Prince Charming and the kids can join in and dance. Do a Google search for “Princess Promenade Grand Floridian”.

My daughter is 14 and still loves princesses [and characters in general] so we still spend lot of time searching them out
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:30 PM   #20
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One of the reasons Akershus is determined to be a better value is that so many people are on the meal plan and Akershus is the best "value" on the meal plan.

With respect to breakfast, if you are paying cash -- CRT is the way to go. Food is much nicer. And you're in the castle. If you're using a dining plan, Akershus is the way to go, since it is only one dining credit.

I've now done CRT breakfast (2x) and dinner (1x) and Akershus breakfast (2x).

Food is actually really good at CRT.
That makes sense. I always forget about the dining plan.

Our daughter will be just shy of 3 so she'll old enough to enjoy CRT, but still free. Glad to hear you've enjoyed it. It'll just be Mrs. rowrbazzle going with her, but maybe down the line we'll do it with the whole family.

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One other character meal that gets forgotten is 1900 Park fare (both breakfast and dinner). They aren't cheap, but the characters are all good. The breakfast doesn't have any princesses, but the Mad Hatter, Alice, Mary Poppins and Tigger are there. Strange mix of characters...but all fun.

Dinner interaction is awesome. The stepsisters really steal the show if you ask me.
Park Fare is on our schedule as well for breakfast. It seems like a lot of fun. Might have to check out dinner on a future trip. When we read Cinderella my daughter always wants to talk about Lady Tremaine.
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