If you are planning to be at Walt Disney World Resort over the Easter holiday this year, there's good news. Mickey isn't the only guy with big ears in town! Here are nine hopping ways to celebrate Easter at Disney World, making your magical vacation even more “eggsellent” than your little prince and princess can even imagine!
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Here in New England, schools typically get an April week vacation. As our annual Walt Disney World Resort trip usually happens during this week, sometimes our vacation has happened during Easter.
While this DOES mean the parks will be extra-crowded, it does NOT mean that you can't still enjoy a magical vacation. In fact, last year, despite what seemed like all of America descending on Walt Disney World Resort during the Easter week, we still managed to secure some sought after FastPass+ and Advance Dining Reservations – at the last minute!
Be sure and check my best tips on how to plan for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation to navigate this busy time.
Of course, one of the reasons Walt Disney World Resort is so busy during Easter is not just because of school vacation breaks. It's because they bring that legendary pixie dust to this special holiday, so you don't have to miss out.
But finding Easter activities at Walt Disney World before you go is difficult. Often the Mouse doesn't release the official list of celebratory activities until a few weeks before.
This was the case last year. But assuming they keep with the same schedule of activities in 2020, here are nine ways you can celebrate Easter at Disney World during your vacation.
You can purchase pre-made Disney-themed Easter baskets at the Disney Resort Hotels.
If the Easter Bunny is going to visit your Disney Resort Hotel, he will likely add some of that Disney magic to his baskets. But bringing all the pieces and parts down with you isn't realistic. Enter Disney to the rescue.
There are two options. If you are staying on Walt Disney World Resort property, you can preorder Easter baskets to be made and delivered by the Disney Resort Hotel souvenir shop onsite (check with the shop upon arrival to confirm.) The other option is to preorder through Disney Floral And Gifts. This is usually only done the week leading up to Easter.
You can either have it delivered to your room on Easter, or you can pick it up and bring it to your room yourself. The choices include pre-done baskets with Disney merchandise and treats preselected or you can hand-select several items for the Cast Members to wrap. There are also several seasonal, Easter-themed Disney souvenirs and treats available for purchase to include in the baskets.
Last year, the Easter Bunny visited our room a day early, and I prepurchased the baskets with hand-selected items from the resort shop. After a hotel room Easter egg hunt (with eggs brought from home and scattered through the hotel room), the kids discovered their Disney themed baskets!
If you will be staying at a Disney Resort Hotel on Easter Sunday, check with your concierge to find out what special activities may be planned for Easter, including traditional Easter egg hunts. Last year, we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, and there were a variety of on-site activities, including an Easter Egg Hunt
In EPCOT, visit the United Kingdom area on Easter Sunday (theme park admission required.) They often have Mr. and Mrs. Bunny hosting Easter Egg Hunts for kids every 10 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an Egg Relay for kids ages 8 to 12 years old from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure and check-in 30 minutes prior. Space is limited. There is also a basket toss running continuously.
Be sure to check with your concierge or the Times Guides to ensure this event is running, or for any schedule changes, before you head over.
On Main Street USA, in the Town Square Courtyard (on the left when you enter Main Street near the City Hall Guest Relations) you can visit Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for a quick hello and photo opp. They will also sign autographs.
Typically Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are available daily, beginning about two or so weeks before Easter, from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. But do check with your Disney Resort Hotel concierge and the park guides for any updates or changes to the schedule.
Traditionally, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny make an additional special appearance in a pre-parade before the Festival of Fantasy Street Parade (usually at 3 p.m. in the afternoon.) In addition to these special guest appearances, there are typically a few other guests including the Azalea Trail Maids, butterflies, flowers, Thumper, the White Rabbit, the Yellow Rabbit, and more!
If you would like to participate in religious services on Easter Sunday, you can do so on Walt Disney World Resort property at the Contemporary Resort. A Catholic Mass is usually held at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and a Protestant Service is held typically at 9:15 a.m.
These services take place in the Fantasia Ballroom of the Contemporary Resort. Though you don't need to RSVP, you can't park at the Contemporary Resort unless you are a guest of the hotel. So, you will need to use Walt Disney World Resort transportation. Once again, double-check with your Disney Resort Hotel concierge to confirm times and locations in case of a last-minute schedule change.
In the weeks leading up to Easter, you can participate in an international character egg hunt around the world with Epcot's Eggstravaganza egg hunt. Located specifically in Epcot's World Showcase, you can purchase the scavenger hunt map and sticker set, which sold for $6.99 last year at Disney Traders, Pin Central, or World Traveler shops in Epcot.
Then, keep your eyes peeled because you are on the hunt for character-themed eggs hidden throughout Epcot's World Showcase. Don't worry, the eggs are not typical egg size – they are oversized – but many are hidden quite well! Once you spot the egg, put the corresponding character sticker where you spotted it on the map.
When the map is full, turn it in for a special prize! It's a great way to celebrate Easter and visit Epcot's World Showcase in a unique way.
For a special Easter experience, visit Disney's Grand Floridian's extraordinary chocolate egg display. A true feast for the eyes, this spectacular display of artisan eggs carved and crafted out of chocolate is a sight to behold.
Each of the Disney themed eggs is unique, and ornately decorated, by the exceptional pastry teams at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. You won't believe your eyes. My kids loved seeing the amazing egg displays.
A few of the other Disney Resort Hotels will have some of their own talented pastry team's chocolate egg carvings on display. But the largest event is at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
While the chocolate Easter egg displays are a feast for your eyes, Disney does not disappoint with Easter feasts for your tummy. You will find an assortment of specialty Easter-themed candies and treats in the Disney Resort Shops and in the theme parks.
Several of the food services and bakeries throughout Walt Disney World Resort will sell specialty cupcakes and desserts themed for the holiday. Be sure to not miss The Cranachery and Amorett's Patisserie in Disney Springs for their Easter inspired treats.
If you are at Walt Disney World Resort on Easter Sunday, there are typically several dining locations in the Disney Resort Hotels and in the theme parks serving a special Easter menu. Be sure to check with Disney's Guest Services to find out where and make an Advance Dining Reservation if possible.
You don't have to go to the theme parks to get the full Easter experience. The Disney Resort Hotels typically offer their own hopping fun throughout the day.
Last year, the Jambo House and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offered:
Disney's Wilderness Lodge held:
Disney's Grand Floridian offered:
Check with your Disney Resort Hotel concierge to find out what Easter-themed activities are on tap for your stay this year.
While Easter at Disney World is one of the busiest times of the year, you can still enjoy a magical family vacation. Whether you bring Easter to your room, enjoy the food and festivities in the theme parks, or take advantage of the Disney Resort Hotel offerings, you will enjoy an Easter holiday with that extra pixie dust and attention to detail only Disney can do. I hope your Disney vacation is eggselent!
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