Q: I’ll be at Disney World for Easter. Does Disney do anything special to celebrate the holiday?
A; Yes! Each year Disney World offers a range of exciting Easter activities. Disney has been pretty quiet in terms of what they’ll be offering this year. However, for those heading to the parks in the weeks ahead that are looking for some Easter insights, we’ll give you a brief rundown of what we know so far as well as what has typically been offered in years past to help you do a little bit of forward planning.
Egg-Stravaganza – (Pictured) – Disney’s version of an Easter egg hunt, Egg-Stravaganza is being offered this year at Epcot. Just stop by Port of Entry at Disney’s World Showcase or Disney Traders in Future World to purchase your special Map ($5.99 plus tax). Then you’re off on an adventure around the World Showcase where each country will have a large Easter egg featuring a much-loved Disney character hidden somewhere in the Pavilion. Each time you find an Egg, you’ll match the character sticker (that came with the Map) to the appropriate location on you map. Once you’ve completed the hunt you head back to Disney Traders to claim your prize which is a smaller collectible version of one of the the character eggs. Guests can go on the hunt multiple times provided that you purchase a new map each time to collect a multitude of eggs. To keep things fresh, Disney has even been known to mix the eggs up throughout the season.
Easter Dining at Walt Disney World Resort – What we do know is that a handful of restaurants at Disney World will be offering Easter Dinner. These are as follows:
- Cape May Cafe (Disney’s Beach Club Resort)- Start Easter off right with a breakfast that includes eggs, frittatas, and the much-loved Mickey Waffles. Also let’s keep our fingers crosses for the Candied Bacon carving station which won over Easter breakfast guests last year. Dinner options include tried-and-true Easter favorites like Leg of Lamb and Strip Loin.
- Captain’s Grille (Disney’s Yacht Club Resort) – With tasty breakfast items like french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and grits, you can’t really go wrong with a Easter reservation at this Epcot resort eatery. Or, for a more seafood-focused menu try brunch with options liked baked Alaskan Cod, Crab Cakes and hopefully the return of hot cross buns from the local bakery.
- The Wave…of American Favorites (Disney’s Contemporary Resort) – For those wishing to dine on the monorail line, The Wave will again be serving up brunch classics like omelets, crab cakes, mussels, pork loin and waffles. When you’re finished you’re also just a short monorail ride away from the Easter festivities at the Magic Kingdom where you may even get to meet the Easter Bunny himself!
- Trail’s End Restaurant (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds) – For Easter dinner with a bit more of a rustic flair, Trail’s End is the perfect place for a down-home dinner. Specialties include: chili, peel-n-eat shrimp, ribs, fried chicken, pasta and pizza.
- Boma- Flavors of Africa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge) – For a taste of the exotic, head over to Animal Kingdom Lodges delightful buffet restaurant where you can start your brunch off with mimosas and zebra domes before tucking into succulent lamb or more traditional breakfast fair.
At this stage reservations may be a bit tight so we recommend calling 407.WDW.DINE straight away to check availability. Reservations can also be made via the My Disney Experience App.
Other Activities that Have Been Offered at Disney World during the Easter Season – Disney has historically offered a fun range of other Easter activities. Here’s a glimpse at some of the other events that may be on offer.
- Meet and Greet With Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny – Last year the Easter Bunny and his wife appeared for a special Meet and Greet in Disney’s Town Square area. A PhotoPass photographer was on hand to capture the magical moment.
- Special Easter Themed Pre-Parade with Azalea Trail Maids – In the past, Disney has offered a special pre-parade before Festival of Fantasy that features an appearance from Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny as well as the beautiful Azalea Trail Maids. The parades take place daily at 3:00 pm but on Easter weekend Disney has been known to throw in an additional parade at 12:00pm.
- Easter Sunday Church Services- Though official times haven’t been announced yet for 2017, Disney typically offers an Easter Sunday Service at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. In 2016 there were two Catholic Masses held at 8:30 am and 10:30 am) as well as a Protestant Service at 9 am.
- Giant Decorated Easter Eggs on Display at Disney World Resorts – If you’re hopping the monorail this Easter Season, you may want to pop by Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort to catch a glimpse of these incredible works of art. Each year the pastry teams at both resorts pull out all the stops in creating these Easter-time works of art. No word yet on if and when they’ll be on display this year but you’ll usually find them in the main lobby of the Grand Floridian and under the Mary Blair Mural at the Contemporary.
- Easter Activities at Walt Disney World Resorts- If you’re checking into a Walt Disney World Resort this Easter, be sure to ask at check-in about any special Easter activities held at your resort. In the past many of the Moderate and Deluxe resorts have offered fun organized activities like Egg Hunts, Candy Scrambles and even special Easter-themed meet and greets.
- Disney-themed Easter Baskets available for purchase – In year’s past, most of Disney’s resort gift shops have made up Easter Baskets which were available for purchase. Though prices haven’t been released for this year, guests can expect to pay $50.00 and up for these lovely baskets that include a range of Disney merchandise and goodies. In addition to the pre-made baskets, Cast Members are usually on hand ato help you create customized baskets which is perfect for those that want specific items included.
Readers should note that none of the activities listed in the bullet points above have been “officially confirmed” by Disney as of going to print. However, these are Easter activities that have historically been offered. Check back with Disney Addicts in the lead to Easter as we’ll keep this page updated with the latest developments, activities and offerings!
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