Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dining Review: Princess Storybook Dining
I'm not a fan the whole princess fad. Then again I think it would be disturbing if I was. A guy in his 30's who loves the princesses is just creepy.
So why did I go to the Princess Storybook Dining in Norway? For a couple reasons. This is a very popular breakfast, a lot of people who are considering a Disney vacation and have young children might want some info on this, and I didn't go alone I brought my wife and 21 year old niece.
Since this is a character breakfast and has a fixed price I'll cover this one a little differently than usual.
First - What do you get?
You get a photo of you and your party taken with one of the princesses. The price of the photo is included in the price. You also get a half buffet style meal which consists mainly of generic breakfast food items. The last thing is the interaction with the princesses.
Now I say it's a half buffet because the hot food items are delivered to your table family style while the rest of the food is available at a buffet. Like the other Disney buffets you also get juice or coffee.
Next - The food
The food is really generic. If you have been to one Disney breakfast buffet you have been to this one. The typical bacon, eggs, Mickey waffles, and pancakes are here. The only exception to the norm, and the only Norway connection I could find, was the fish offering. To be honest if you just want breakfast DO NOT GO HERE. The food is not worth the money.
The atmosphere is ok. It's nothing special. There are some nice wood accents and some fireplaces that are not accentually burning wood. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the atmosphere. I guess the best way to put is that it's a normal Disney atmosphere. It's not boring but it's not top notch like the San Angel Inn.
The princesses are decent. I really tried to put aside my feelings about the Princesses and try to think about how a kid would react to their interaction. What they typically do is approach the table, refer to all of the girls (and women) at the table as fellow princesses, and they might refer to some of the men at the table as kings or princes. Keep in mind all of the princesses are totally in character so Ariel will mention having her legs instead of a tail, Aurora might mention being woken up with a kiss, and Snow White might talk about the the seven dwarfs. While this is nice they really do not do anything that really makes them stand out. None of the princes really went above and beyond while we were there.
I will say one thing. One would think that Disney would almost have their choice when it came picking their princesses. It seems like there should be enough people who want to be princesses to really be selective. Now don't get me wrong, all of the princesses were nice and tried to stay in character. However, I could understand why a prince would fight for the Cinderella and Ariel that came to our table. However if Snow White or Aurora had to rely on their looks alone to get their princes to wake them up....they might have had to wait quite a while. I'm not saying they were ugly but they were not what I'd call a princess.
To be honest the Aurora that came to our table looked a little psychotic. I thought at any minute she could lose it and start stabbing people. The Snow White looked like she just woke up in an ally and Disney stuffed her into a princess outfit and tossed her out there.
You might have noticed that I didn't mention Belle. That's because she was being used for the formal photos that Disney was taking. There was a reason for this. The lady playing Belle was extremely nice and stunningly beautiful. She was a near perfect Belle. You will not see a photo of her because Disney technically owns the rights to that photo and also because I'm in it and there is not a single photo of me anywhere online.
There really isn't much to mention here. It's typical buffet style service. Our server was nice. I actually felt bad for her. It can't be easy to work somewhere like this. The price is basically fixed and you are not the center of attention. It's almost like no matter what you are going to get what you get and nothing more.
If your children are REALLY into the princesses then you might find this experience to be a good value. If you or your children are not into the princesses then you're better off skipping this because it's insanely expensive for a breakfast never mind a buffet breakfast.