The period around Easter is peak season for Walt Disney World, and Easter Sunday is one of the year’s busiest days. Schools are on break and the holiday overlaps with Disney events like the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Peak season does mean the parks are open for extended hours. But despite the crowds, Walt Disney World doesn’t emphasize the Easter holiday as much as, say, the Christmas holiday season or even Halloween. It doesn’t offer much décor or throw a special Easter Parade, for instance.
However, there are some Easter events that tend to occur annually that guests can incorporate into their travel itineraries. Easter theme-park activities differ from park to park, with some of the most delightful activities taking place at Epcot. And Walt Disney World will a few special events – especially dining experiences or resort activities for children – to observe the holiday.
Specific information, such as dates and locations, concerning Disney’s Easter events for each year are released very close to the holiday period and guests.
Easter Activities at Disney’s Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom holds Disney character meet & greet opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny appear intermittently for pictures at City Hall from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m from March 28 – April 4. Various Disney characters will appear in Easter costumes for the Sunday Easter Parade, held at 3 p.m. Two parades will be thrown from March 28 – 31, at noon (special parade time) and 3 p.m. (the regular parade time).
On Easter, Epcot holds Easter egg hunts in the World Showcase, at the American Adventure’s Heritage Garden for Disney guests ages 3 to 9 years. Easter Egg relays are also held, for guests ages 6 to 12, at Future World near Innoventions West. Times for the Easter egg hunts are every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m; ever 40 minutes for the relays, from 10:40 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Animal Kingdom holds storytelling sessions with Pocahontas and character meet & greets at the Good Time Gathering Spot, located at Camp Minnie-Minnie. Guests can meet Thumper and Miss Bunny, among others, during the holiday period. They appear at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m on Easter Sunday, and the Easter Bunny appears at 2:30 p.m.
Easter Activities at Disney World Resorts
Moderate and Deluxe Walt Disney World Resorts offer a variety of children’s activities on Easter Sunday. Most of these host the popular “candy scrambles” for children ages 12 and under. Other activities, which vary by resort, include character meet & greet opportunities, bunny races, egg, t-shirt, and puppet painting sessions, Easter-themed crafts, pool parties, jelly-bean tastings, and cookie decorating. Times and locations for candy scrambles and other activities are provided to Disney Resort guests; check with the resorts front desk or recreation department.
Candy Scrambles: April 4
- Boardwalk Inn and Villas
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Contemporary Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort
- Old Key West
- Polynesian Resort
- Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter
- Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
- Wilderness Lodge
- Yacht and Beach Club
Easter Dining at Walt Disney World
In the past, an Easter Buffet has been offered at Epcot’s World ShowPlace Pavilion (the location is between Canada and the UK), and is served between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The brunch, like others in Disney World, includes a variety of options: eggs and omelets, breads and cereals, fruits, salads, soups, chicken, pasta, beef, and desserts. Kids stations serve favorites like macaroni and cheese and pizza.
There has been no confirmation of this year’s buffet, so call to check. Buffet prices were $47.99 (guests ages 10 and older) and $19.99 (ages 3 – 9) in last year. For the Easter buffet, theme-park admission and advance dining reservations are required.
Other locations that regularly offer special Easter Sunday meals include (locations vary somewhat each year):
- 1900 Park Fare, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Cape May Café or Captain’s Grille, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort
- Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Spoodles, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
- Trail’s End, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
- Victoria & Albert’s, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- The Wave, Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Advance Dining Reservations are highly recommended for all table-service dining during a holidays and peak seasons. Holiday pricing may be in effect for restaurants – including character meals and buffets –during the extended Easter period as well as on Easter Sunday. Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) to inquire about special meals and prices.
Easter Religious Services at Walt Disney World
Sunday Easter services ¬– held on April 4– will be held at the Fantasia Ballroom, located at Contemporary Resort, according to the following schedule:
- Catholic Mass: 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
- Protestant Service: 9:00 a.m.
Guests may not park at the Contemporary to attend Easter Services. Guests staying at a monorail resort should use the monorail or watercraft to travel to the Contemporary. Guests staying at other Disney resorts and at off-site accommodations should use Disney transportation to the Magic Kingdom; a shuttle bus will take them to the Contemporary. Monorail resorts – Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian – will have parking restrictions in effect.
Visiting Walt Disney World during Easter may mean more crowds, especially inside the theme parks. But the two weeks surrounding Easter can also be a great time to visit for those who want to celebrate the holiday and beginning of spring. It’s a recommended time to visit, especially for Disney resort guests who take advantage of Epcot area’s activities, dining, and special children’s activities.