From fun snacks to special guest appearances, there is never any shortage of holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World. Luckily for most guests, the celebrations usually last a little longer than the holiday themselves, allowing more guests to experience the magic. Easter is no exception to this rule! While the offers change year to year, you can most likely guarantee Walt Disney World is going to offer a festive way to celebrate the holiday. Here are 7 ways to celebrate Easter at Walt Disney World Resort!
1. Magic Kingdom
He might not be as popular as Santa Claus, but the Easter bunny has been known to make an appearance at Walt Disney World during Easter. Upon his arrival, guests are given the opportunity to snap pictures with him and Mrs. Bunny. Additionally, while it can’t be confirmed yet, on Easter Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny usually make an appearance before the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom. The are the ‘stars’ of a mini pre-parade, parade. Everyone will be decked out in their Easter best and, most likely, some Easter bonnets as well!
During the Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot has an Easter Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt. At certain locations in the park, such as Disney Traders, Pin Central, or Port of Entry. The scavenger hunt officially costs $6.99. Once you pay you will be given a map to fill with egg-shaped stickers representing each the eggs you have to find around World Showcase. Find the eggs, fill in the spots on your map with the appropriate sticker, turn in your completed map and get a fun surprise!
We played this game a few years ago and it was a ton of fun. The hidden eggs are ‘larger than life’ in size and hiding all over the place. Some were actually pretty tricky to find. Be sure to look down low and up high so you don’t miss any! While we never find a shortage of things to do at World Showcase, the Easter egg hunt adds in another exciting element of fun!
Additionally, Epcot has offered Easter egg hunts and other Easter events during the Easter weekend. Normally these have been held at the United Kingdom pavilion in World Showcase. Be sure to check with guest relations or head to the UK pavilion to find out if the fun is happening!
3. All Parks and Disney Springs
Disney loves an excuse to make an exotic cupcake, don’t they? In fact, most of the cupcakes they sell are all mini works or art in themselves. The ‘everyday’ ones are always super cute. Yet, when a holiday comes, the cupcakes, sweets and all Disney related pastry items are kicked up a notch!
Be on the look out for Easter themed cupcakes throughout the resorts! Also keep your eyes peeled for specialty chocolates and treats from Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs. If you’ve never been in this store, be sure to stop by. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a great place to do some window shopping. It’s almost like a sugar art gallery!
Resorts tend to have resort specific holiday celebrations held on their grounds. The best way to gather info about these is to check out your resort’s activities guide. For Easter, you can most likely anticipate potential Easter egg hunts at some resorts, special Easter treats (just like those mentioned above) and other Easter themed festivities.
One of the most amazing Easter festivities happens at the Grand Floridian resort. Similar to the giant gingerbread house that is on display at Christmas time, the Grand Floridian will have a chocolate egg display for Easter. Disney cast members craft the large chocolate eggs, decorating them extravagantly, often themed to Disney and/or Pixar movies. The eggs are then on display in the lobby. The eggs are huge and truly works of art! Hoping this tradition carries on for years to come!
5. Dinning Reservations
If you’ve ever tried to score a dinning reservation at a popular Walt Disney World restaurant, you know it can take a little pre-planning to land. Easter is no except to the rule, and I would venture to recommend there is even more planning involved. In the past some of the resort restaurants have even offered a special Easter brunch, so if you want to take part in one you might have to get going early on your reservations. Guests who stay on property can currently book dinning 180 in advance of their vacation. Bottom line, if you plan to have an Easter meal at Walt Disney World, make your reservations early! If you want a recommendation, Tusker House is always my favorite!
6. Disney Easter Swag
If you’re in the parks around Easter, most likely you’ll be able to find some Easter themed merchandise. Additionally, Disney has been known to have pre-made Easter baskets available for purchase at several resort and Disney Springs locations. If you’re not at Walt Disney World and want to bring a little Disney Easter magic into your home, be sure to check out these super cute items I found online. Click on any image below to get more details:
The Winnie-the-Pooh Tsum, Tsum Easter pack where everyone is either dressed as a bunny or a carrot might be my favorite.
Of course I have to include a few non-Disney Easter basket fillers as well. These are too sweet and cute to pass up!
The Legos are my oldest’s favorite and my youngest is a fan of the play dough eggs. The ‘God Gave Us’ books are always good and this one is really cute (like all the others!)
7. Church Services
Most importantly, if you’re on vacation during the Easter holiday and worried about missing Easter service, fret no more. Walt Disney World traditionally offers a few services, both Catholic and Protestant, on Easter Sunday at the Contemporary resort. The location and occurrence are, as with all things at Walt Disney World, subject to change, so be sure to check with your hotel lobby for the exact time and location.
If you do plan to attend the Easter church service at the Contemporary, but won’t be staying at the resort, be sure to line up your transportation before Sunday morning. Walt Disney World recommends that church goers take Walt Disney World transportation to the Magic Kingdom and then walk over to the Contemporary resort. Alternatively, and especially if it is raining, you can hop onto the resort monorail system outside the Magic Kingdom and take the first stop at the Contemporary resort.
Another option is setting up transportation, or driving yourself, to a church service held off sight. There are several churches in the area. Listed below are a few. Be sure to check the websites or call to confirm service times to celebrate the Risen Christ!
Mary Queen of the Universe
8300 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821
Celebration Community Church
501 Celebration Pl, Celebration, FL 34747
There ya go! As you can see, there are tons of things to do at Walt Disney World during Easter. I’m sure there are lots of things around the resorts that happen as well. Be sure to comment below with anything I might have missed! Happy Easter!