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Visiting Disney World during the holidays can add an extra bit of fun to your vacation. While Disney World does not celebrate Easter quite as much as they do Halloween and Christmas, there are some unique offerings for this special day. Here is everything you need to know about celebrating Easter at Disney World.
Disney World Crowds During Easter
Before planning a trip to Disney World, you should consider how busy the parks are expected to be during the time you would like to go. Crowd levels can definitely affect the quality of your trip.
Easter is one of the busiest times of the year at Disney World. Many schools around the country have Spring Break during Easter week. And many of those families head to Disney World to celebrate.
So, while celebrating Easter at Disney World can be fun, be prepared for heavy crowds and lots of waiting. To make the most of your trip, see our tips on saving time at Disney and how to beat the crowds at Disney.
Special Events and Celebrations
Because Disney World doesn’t celebrate Easter to the same extent that it does Halloween and Christmas, you won’t find a lot of special events and celebrations. But, there are a few things.
(Please note: due to the current COVID precautions that are in place, many of the traditional Easter special events are not happening at this time. To find out exactly what is happening, check Disney’s website or call them at 1-407-W-DISNEY.)
At the Magic Kingdom, you will find Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny out for meet and greets in their Easter best. Generally they are out for photos daily leading up to Easter. They can usually be found in Town Square.
Also at the Magic Kingdom, there is a special mini parade celebrating the holiday.
The biggest special event taking place at Disney World during Easter is the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Now, it is not specifically for Easter, but it does take place during the Spring and overlaps the holiday.
The Flower and Garden Festival features lots of Disney topiaries, nature themed exhibitions and special presentations.
As part of the Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot does have an Easter themed scavenger hunt for the kids. Basically, you pay for a map. Then let your kids roam through World Showcase looking for special character eggs. After they have found them all, you can return the map for a prize.
Special Food and Decorations
Disney World has mastered the art of limited time cupcakes and other treats for various events. So, you can easily find Easter themed treats throughout the parks and Disney Springs.
A few of the resorts, especially the deluxe resorts, put up some minor decorations in observance of the holiday.
The Contemporary Resort and the Grand Floridian usually have displays of artistically decorated chocolate eggs. Sometimes, some of the other deluxe resorts also have chocolate egg displays.
Tips for Celebrating Easter at Disney World
Even though Disney World doesn’t go all out for Easter, you absolutely can make it a memorable trip for your family if you are celebrating Easter at Disney World. Here are some tips and ideas to create your own celebration:
- Decorate your hotel room for Easter. Bring some small decorations and put them up around your room. It will help put your family in a festive mood. (Just be sure to not do anything that may damage the room.)
- Have a special meal on Easter. Even if you don’t normally do sit down meals at Disney World, make an exception to celebrate Easter. Remember to make advanced reservations before your trip.
- Bring and wear your Easter clothes. Now, you probably don’t want to tour the parks in suits and dresses, but you can pack Easter themed outfits that are appropriate for riding rides.
- Have your own Easter egg hunt. If your kids are small, bring some plastic eggs and their baskets and have a mini egg hunt in your room or the grassy areas around your hotel.
- Surprise your kids with Easter gifts. Just because you’re not at home doesn’t mean the Easter bunny can’t leave gifts for your kids. Check out our gift ideas for Disney travelers and travel themed Easter baskets for ideas.
- Have a family photo shoot. Take advantage of being at Disney World during Easter and get some family photos done during your trip. You can do a formal shoot with one of Disney’s professional photographers or grab some fun shots from one of the Photopass photographers in the parks.
Celebrating Easter at Disney World can be a fun and memorable time for your family. Be prepared for large crowds, plan to create your own celebration, and have a blast!
For help planning your trip, see our step by step guide, best resources for trip planning, advice for Disney World first timers, rookie Disney World mistakes to avoid, and quick trip planning tips. Also, check out the secret to a great Disney trip, celebrating at Disney, and how to make your trip special.
For tips on Disney World with kids, see how to prepare your kids for Disney and how to keep your kids safe during your trip. Also find out if you need a stroller and how to go to Disney World without a stroller.
Happy Easter and Happy travels!