Are you ready for the ultimate springtime celebration? Easter at Disney World is ongoing at full swing, and we’ve got all the details you need to plan your visit. From delicious seasonal treats to dazzling decorations and special entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And this year, there’s a big surprise in store!
But before we dive into the festivities, it’s important to note that Easter at Disney World is not on the same level as Christmas or Halloween.
While you’ll find some decorations and offerings at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, it might not give you goosebumps as it does during winter holidays. Plus, the crowds can be overwhelming, especially now that Easter a day away!
That being said, there will be little fun and excitement for those visiting Walt Disney World during Easter. The Easter celebrations had begun from April and will last throughout the upcoming week.
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Easter at Disney World 2023
While Easter Sunday is tomorrow, you can be a part of the festivities till April 16. Don’t miss the big return of something eggs-travagant that will delight all ages! It is one of the main highlights of celebrating Easter at Disney World.
So, whether you’re a Disney veteran or a first-time visitor, get ready to hop into the magic of Easter and celebrate the return of Jesus. Read on for a comprehensive guide to all the events and dates you need to know!
1. Easter Church Service
Easter Church Services are available at Walt Disney World tomorrow for Easter. There were services held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday already.
In 2021, the religious service was held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. But in 2022, it was replaced by live-streaming options from local churches or in-person services at nearby churches.
2. Easter procession parade
Be sure not to miss the Easter Procession on Main Street in Magic Kingdom, which takes place on Easter day right before the afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Featuring beloved characters like Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Thumper, Bambi, White Rabbit, Daisy Duck, Clara Cluck, and more, this procession is accompanied by the festive tunes of the Easter Parade and Spring, Spring, Spring.
3. The Grand Cottage
The Grand Cottage is back at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for the 2023 Easter season after its debut in 2022. This stand is like the gingerbread house during the holiday season, offering a variety of Easter treats, including macarons, chocolate bunnies, cupcakes, and more.
The Grand Cottage is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. till April 9, 2023. It can be found in the main lobby area.
4. Meet and Greet with Easter Bunny
Head to Main Street in Magic Kingdom Park to meet the Easter Bunny. They often stand between the Chamber of Commerce and City Hall buildings.
They dress up in their finest clothes and are happy to pose for photos with you. A Disney PhotoPass photographer is available, or you can take pictures with your phone.
5. Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt
The Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt is a little Easter activity during Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. You can hunt for Disney characters on large eggs around World Showcase.
Maps and stickers are available for purchase at Disney Traders and World Traveler, and completing the hunt earns you a prize egg featuring characters such as Robin Hood or Marie.
The hunt can be completed over multiple visits and is like other festival-exclusive scavenger hunts like Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration.
6. Easter Egg Displays at Resorts
Select Walt Disney World resorts to showcase impressive, larger-than-life Easter eggs crafted by talented pastry chefs, such as at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Beach Club Resort, and Contemporary Resort, available from March 20 to April 9.
The eggs feature themes and characters, including Finding Nemo, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Orange Bird, Tron, Kevin from “UP!” and a Mickey Mouse Popcorn Bucket.
7. Special Treats for Easter
During a limited time, from April 1 through 30, various Disney World Resort hotels and Disney Springs offer Easter treats and goodies available for purchase.
The treats include Thumper Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake Cheesecake Tart, Coconut Sugar Bunny Cupcake, Carrot Garden Fudge, Orange-Vanilla Bunny Tart, Spring Coconut Macaroons, Peanut Butter Eggs, Bunny Ear Cupcake, Bird of Paradise Refresher, Botanical Blossom Sangria and more.
Some delicacies are available only until April 9, while others will remain till May 31. Make sure you try to the limited-time treats tomorrow if you celebrate Easter here.
8. Spike’s Pollen-nation Exploration at Epcot
During the springtime at EPCOT, even though it’s not specific to Easter, you can again enjoy Spike the Bee’s Pollination Exploration Game.
This game is part of the Flower and Garden Festival and involves searching for Spike the Bee in each country within the World Showcase.
By adding stickers of the appropriate flowers to the corresponding country on a map, you can earn a prize once they turn it in. It’s a great way to teach children about the significance of pollinator plants and bees!
9. Steakhouse 71 at Contemporary Resort
Steakhouse 71 offers a specialty brunch for Easter (April 9, 2023) and Mother’s Day (May 14, 2023). You can enjoy delicious dishes from the menu, including Bacon & Eggs, Floridian Eggs Benedict, and Hummingbird Bread Pudding.
The latter is exclusive to brunch and features banana, pineapple, and coconut bread pudding with salted caramel, candied pecans, and cream cheese ice cream.
10. Egg Display at Disney World Resorts
Disney World showcases giant chocolate Easter eggs that pastry chefs create in the shape of Easter eggs featuring Disney characters and park icons. You can find eggs in various Disney Resorts hotels, including Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Beach Club, and Yacht Club.
During March to April 2023, limited-time eggs featuring popular characters like 101 Dalmatians, Orange Bird, “It’s a small world,” TRON, and The Lion King, can be spotted at various resorts, offering visitors a chance to admire them before they disappear.
Here are the 2023 locations and dates for the limited-time Disney World Easter egg displays:
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Lobby
- Contemporary Resort: Fourth floor
- Yacht Club Resort: Lobby
- Beach Club Resort: Lobby
11. Easter services
At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, religious services have been held in the past in the Fantasia Ballroom, with varying times for Catholic Mass and Protestant Service. It is not yet known if services will be held there in 2023, as Plan Disney has not released details.
In 2022, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Mary Queen of the Universe Basilica offered in-person and live-stream Easter services in the local area, with specific dates and times available.
Parking at the Contemporary Resort may be limited for those not staying at the hotel or with dining reservations, but alternative transportation options are available.
Disney World typically offers Easter merchandise for sale, including plush toys.
Tips for enjoying Easter at Disney World
Be prepared as Easter at Disney World will be crowded. Here are some tips to make the most of your trip:
- Arrive early: Reaching early can help you beat the crowds and enjoy more attractions.
- Check for special events: Disney World hosts special events during Easter, such as character meet-and-greets, Easter egg hunts, and live entertainment. Check the park schedule for exact details.
- Make dining reservations: If you plan to dine at one of Disney World’s popular restaurants, make early reservations to avoid long wait times.
- Dress comfortably: Florida can be hot and humid during Easter, so dress comfortably and wear sunscreen. You can also wear Easter-themed outfits or Disney-themed clothing to add to the festive atmosphere.
- Bring your own Easter basket: Some Disney World resorts and parks offer Easter egg hunts and activities, so consider bringing your own Easter basket for collecting eggs and treats.
- Plan for transportation: Transportation can be challenging with large crowds. Consider using Disney’s transportation system or rideshare services to get around.
- Enjoy Easter merchandise: Disney World always has merchandise on sale for most holidays, including Easter. Consider purchasing some Easter-themed souvenirs or gifts to commemorate your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What are the dates for Easter at Disney World in 2023?
Easter Sunday will fall on April 9th, 2023.
2. Will there be any special events or activities?
Yes, several events and activities at the parks and resorts for Easter typically include special character meet-and-greets, egg hunts, and religious services.
3. Can I purchase Easter merchandise at Disney World in 2023?
Yes, Disney World typically has a variety of Easter-themed merchandise available for purchase at the parks and resorts.
4. Will there be any special food or dining options?
Disney World typically offers special Easter-themed food and beverage options at various locations throughout the parks and resorts.
5. Do I need to make reservations for Easter events or activities?
It depends on the event or activity. Some may require reservations, while others may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the Disney World website or speak to a Cast Member for more information.
6. Can I attend a religious service at Disney World on Easter Sunday in 2023?
Details for religious services at Disney World on Easter Sunday have not been released yet. In the past, services have been held at the Contemporary Resort.
7. How can I avoid crowds during Easter at Disney World in 2023?
Easter is a popular time to visit Disney World, so you can expect a lot of crowd. However, visiting during the week before or after Easter Sunday may be less crowded than the holiday itself. It’s also a good idea to arrive at the parks early and utilize Genie+ to minimize wait times for attractions.
Disney World offers a lot for visitors this Easter season. From exciting egg hunts to religious services, there is something for everyone. With the detailed information provided, you can plan your Easter activities and make the most of your time at Disney World.
Thoroughly check the dates and times of all events, and don’t miss out on any fun. Disney World promises to make your Easter experience an unforgettable one. Make sure you research enough to enjoy the fullest.