We’ve got some very exciting news to share- princess fans get ready! Three, yes three, restaurants are getting some exciting updates in the coming weeks – Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT.
Beginning November 1, the popular character dining spot, Tusker House Restaurant will be transitioning to an all-you-care-to-enjoy, buffet style dining experience! That means guests can go and grab all the food they can handle. What makes this spot nestled in the Harambe Marketplace so special is its menu filled with African-inspired flavors.
There are plenty of dishes to keep guests’ eyes (and tastebuds) on when this location goes back to a buffet. From breakfast to dinner, they will be more than satisfied. Guests can kickstart their morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with tasty plates, including an assortment of pastries like the Zebra Coffee Cake, breakfast classics like Simba Waffles and Mickey Waffles, and a variety of breakfast meats.
Over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Kona Cafe will soon be returning from its recent refurbishment. Beginning November 1, guests can once again dine at this favorite restaurant located in the beautiful upstairs of the Great Ceremonial House. The look, feel, and even some flavors of this relaxed café will be different, yet familiar. Kona Cafe will feature American cuisine with that Asian flare that makes it so unique and guests can still watch the chefs at work in the onstage sushi kitchen!
There are breakfast favorites that have cemented their place on the menu, including the delicious and can’t miss Tonga Toast and Pineapple Macadamia Nut Pancakes served at breakfast. These two are fan-favorites for a reason. Just take a peek at how tasty they look! Be sure to keep an eye out for several items returning to the menu like the Big Kahuna Burger and Seafood Pu Pu Platter and even a new plant-based offering for dinner, the Sautéed Red Quinoa.
For lunch and dinner, guests can indulge in various breads and dips, house specialties like the Spit-roasted Tandoori Chicken and Green Curry Shrimp, plant-based options including the Cauliflower Bunny Chow, and various salads. There’s also some classics for the little ones to enjoy like corn dog nuggets and macaroni and cheese to name a few. And don’t worry – there are plenty of desserts to enjoy too!
Lastly (and what I am most excited to share), we cordially invite you to feast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall once again, beginning on November 4th. This dining experience is found at the Norway pavilion in the World Showcase at EPCOT and gives guests a taste of Norwegian cuisine. Aside from the delicious eats and treats, what makes Akershus Royal Banquet Hall so special is it being home to a unique Storybook Dining featuring the Disney Princesses. As guests indulge in the Norwegian-inspired fare, they can interact, take photos, and create lasting memories with some of their favorite princesses.
There are plenty of plates at this royal feast, whether you are looking to indulge in your favorites are wanting to try something new. This family-style dining experience includes Traditional KjØttkaker featuring Norwegian meatballs or the Kylling og Melboller, a Norwegian take on chicken and dumplings. If you are looking for some more classic American-cuisine, they’ve got that too, with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Grilled Salmon, and Macaroni & Cheese. And what meal is complete without dessert?! The meal serves up both a Rice Cream with strawberry sauce and a Chocolate Roulade with lingonberry cream – yum!
PLEASE NOTE: Tusker House Restaurant and Kona Cafe are now accepting reservations. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall will begin accepting reservations starting on October 24. As a reminder dining reservations can be booked starting 60 days before check-in for on-site resort guests. If you would like to add one of these amazing dining experiences to your vacation, let your PPV agent know. You will not want to wait on these!