• On Aug 25, 2019
    Sara from Cheshire Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi we want to plan dining at akerhaus banquet hall but one of our group has an autism spectrum disorder and has issues with buffet style eating. Is it possible to arrange for them to have an appetizer from the kitchen rather than a buffet?

    Hi, Sara!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    As the mom of a child on the autism spectrum, one of the things I appreciate the most about the Walt Disney World Resort is their services for guests with disabilities.  The Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort always go above and beyond to make the magic accessible to everyone.  

    I have visited Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with my family on several occasions.  The medieval castle setting is beautiful and the food is delicious.  Of course, visiting with some of our favorite Disney Princesses is also a highlight of any meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  At this dining location, your feast will begin with a "Taste of Norway" which is served buffet-style.  Your entrees will then be brought to your table.

    My son can be a very picky eater, but we have always found that the Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants are extremely accommodating.  I would recommend noting your concerns when you make your dining reservations and also discussing your party's needs with a Cast Member when you arrive at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  I feel confident that they will be able to work out some type of accommodation that will make everyone in your group comfortable.  

    As you prepare for your vacation, you might find this guide for guests with cognitive disabilities helpful.  If you have additional questions about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort with someone who has special needs, or if we can help you with any other vacation planning questions, please visit us again.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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