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Friday, March 26, 2010

Easter in Walt Disney World

A couple years ago we spent Easter week in WDW.  We did a split stay between the Swan and then the Grand Floridian in a Royal Palm Club room. *My all time favorite room category at WDW*  Easter was at the end of March that year and we arrived Tuesday before Good Friday.  The Flower and Garden Festival was in full swing over at EPCOT and the weather was gorgeous.  The crowds were actually surprisingly low from Tuesday until Friday morning.  After that there was a noticeable difference.  By Easter Sunday at EPCOT we were feeling the crowd crunch.   Luckily the heat was on and we spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing. 

The resorts have their own schedule of fun events.  I remember the Grand had a continental breakfast out in the courtyard, family craft and game activities throughout the day, an Easter egg hunt on the courtyard lawn, and more.    Grand Floridian Easter

The parks also have a few special events on Easter.  Here is a list of what they have scheduled for this year....
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The ‘Good Times Gathering Spot’ returns to Camp Minnie-Mickey from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 to April 10. Guests can meet Thumper and Miss Bunny, listen to Pocahontas tell stories and groove to a D.J. The Easter Bunny will greet guests at 2:30 p.m. Easter Sunday (April 4).

Magic Kingdom
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will hop along during the pre-parade show, which begins about 2:50 p.m., on Easter Sunday. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the couple will greet guests intermittently in the Tour Guide Gardens and pose for photos.

Meet the Main Street Poodle Society Ladies and the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids in Town Square on Easter Sunday. They also will stroll down Main Street with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny in the pre-parade show. The Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade will start from Town Square at noon and 3 p.m.

Guests will be able to meet the Easter Bunnies in the Tour Guide Gardens near City Hall on Main Street USA. They are scheduled to appear 8am to 5pm from March 28 to April 4 2010.

On Easter Sunday, children ages 3 to 9 years old are invited to gather at Heritage Garden at the American Adventure pavilion for Easter egg hunts every 30 minutes from 11:40 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Easter egg relays will be held for kids ages 6 to 12 at Future World West Garden (outside Character Spot in Innoventions West) every 40 minutes from 10:40 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Religious services
Disney’s Contemporary Resort will host a Protestant service (9 a.m.) and Catholic Masses (8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.) in the Fantasia Ballroom on Easter Sunday. Disney advises all guests not staying at the Contemporary or having a dining reservation to use Disney transportation due to strict monitoring of parking that day.

Disney hotels
The hotels typically host Easter activities for their guests, including crafts, egg hunts, cookie decorating, candy scrambles, appearances by the Easter Bunny and Easter brunches and dinners. Advance dining reservations are definitely recommended; call 407-WDW-DINE.

 When we were in EPCOT on Easter Sunday,  Alice & the Mad Hatter and friends were holding a tea party for kids.  There were Easter egg hunts throughout the park, too.  Everything was included in your park admission, but you had to sign up in advance at the location.  Guests  received an "invitation" showing their scheduled hunt or party time that was to be presented at check in for the scheduled fun.

Tea Party at EPCOT....

 There were also Easter decorations all through the park.....giant eggs on the grass, bunnies, and then of course the beautiful topiary and gardens of the flower festival.   Disney is always fun for the holidays!


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