The United Kingdom pavilion will continue its yearly tradition of celebrating Easter with special activities available for all Epcot guests. Continue reading Epcot’s United Kingdom to offer special Easter activities
Easter provides Walt Disney World guests the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun activities, egg hunting and meet and greets.
Meet Mr. and Mrs Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunnies meet at the Magic Kingdom next to City Hall daily through Easter Sunday, April 5. They meet together for photo ops and they do offer Photopass, but they do not sign autographs. Instead they offer a special pre-signed, egg-shaped collector card. Read this post for more information.
Meet the Southern Belles
On Easter Sunday a large number of junior Southern Belles will be available in the morning at the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square for photo ops.
Easter Sunday offers a special Easter themed pre-parade at the Magic Kingdom. A few minutes before each Festival of Fantasy parade a variety of bunnies and other Easter themed characters will march down the parade route for the enjoyment of park guests.
Giant chocolate eggs at the Grand Floridian
Each Easter season presents new delacately designed oversized chocolate egg creations at the Grand Floridian lobby. They are usually between 16 and 20 inches tall and are hand painted by Disney World chefs with amazing Disney movie designs.
Epcot’s Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt
From March 27 through April 5, Epcot will offer it’s annual Egg-stravaganza. Guests are allowed to purchase a map and sticker set for $4.95 at the Heritage Manor in the American Adventure pavilion, Pin Central on the bridge from Future World to World Showcase, Port of Entry gift shops and the International Gateway gift shop. After hunting for the special eggs in each World Showcase Country, guests place the corresponding sticker on their map. After completing their egg hunt, they return the map, (complete or incomplete) for a special surprise gift for each map purchased.
Easter resort characters and Easter egg hunts
On Easter Sunday morning, a variety of Disney World resorts offer special character meet and greets. In 2014, we met visited the monorail resorts and met Mickey & Minnie, White Rabbit, Chip n Dale and the Easter Bunnies (separately at different resorts). The Grand Floridian offered free pastries and drinks in their grand courtyard in addition to the meet and greet. Each resort offered children the opportunity to gather candy-filled eggs for free. The children are separated by age group and gather eggs at the same time. We found that the Polynesian resort was the best as there were few guests.
Here’s the best list I could compose for recent years resort characters:
- All Star Movies – Goofy
- All Star Music – Pluto
- All Star Sports – Minnie
- Animal Kingdom Lodge – Mickey
- Boardwalk – Donald and Daisy, Goofy
- Caribbean Beach – Goofy & Donald
- Contemporary – Chip n Dale, Mr. Easter Bunny
- Coronado – Mickey & Minnie
- Grand Floridian – Mickey & Minnie, White Rabbit
- Old Key West – Mickey & Minnie
- Polynesian – Chip n Dale, Mrs. Easter Bunny
- Pop Century – Minnie
- Port Orleans – Mickey, Goofy & Donald
- Yacht and Beach Club – Mickey & Pluto
I’m sure there were more, but those were the ones that my friends or I met in recent years.
Blog contributor Michelle Humphrey recently visited Epcot’s Limited Time Magic “Spring Fling” that is being hosted all this week in the United Kingdom pavilion and sends along a photo report for us. As you enter the area, you’ll see the times posted on the giant egg sign right on the main thoroughfare. Take a right down the streets of the UK and head toward the back and you’ll find the check-in station. The Egg Hunts are limited to only 20 children per time slot. Egg Hunts for children 3-9 are held every 10 minutes from 11:00am- 3:30pm . Egg Relays will be held at: 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm and 3:40pm. Guests can check in at the podium at the United Kingdom up to 30 mins before each hunt.
After stopping by the registration area, you’ll be presented with a card like this to remind you of your allotted time slot.
The Cast Members have some festive Easter bags to collect your candy treasure.
The actual egg hunts take place in the United Kingdom maze. Don’t tell anyone, but it looks like a lot of them are hidden on TOP of the bushes. Shhhhh!
Kids can find eggs filled with peeps, duckies and other types of Easter treasures.
After an exhausting egg hunt, everyone needs a pick-me-up from Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny!
In keeping with the tradition that began with Long-lost Friends, the Bunnies do not sign autographs, instead they present each family with a pre-signed card like the one below.
Another Egg Hunt opportunity takes place between Innoventions and the Universe of Energy. The Innoventions East-er Garden will have Egg Hunts for children 3-9 every 15 minutes from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Guests can check in at the podium at the Innoventions East-er Garden up to 30 mins before each hunt. Space is limited to 20 children per time slot. There’s a similarly themed sign-up area by the Garden.
There’s also a few nice little kid’s carnival style games to play in the Innoventions area. You’ll find a ring toss and a bean bag toss. One game provided an egg and the other gave away a Goofy Cherry Lollipop like they hand out at the end of Mickey’s Boo To You Parade.
If you drop by the Festival Center, you might find some unique atmosphere characters that are unpublished. When Michelle’s family visited, it was Mr. Greenthumb and Bella, they arrive in a flowered covered golf cart.
There’s a special weeklong Easter celebration planned for you as part of “Limited Time Magic” at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. And today, we have a peek at what to expect beginning on Monday.
From March 25-31, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will greet guests at Magic Kingdom Park at Bunny Lane (located next to City Hall) at the Walt Disney World Resort. They are out daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The pair will also join butterflies, flowers and dancing hippos for an Easter procession down Main Street, U.S.A. This pre-parade usually only happens on Easter Sunday.
Here’s a few photos of the Easter Bunny Meet and Greet area that were provided by Michelle Humprey.
Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be hopping over to Epcot to greet guests in the United Kingdom Pavilion daily from 11:30am – 4:00pm, where egg hunts will be held throughout the day. Easter Egg Hunts and Relays will be held in the United Kingdom Maze Garden in the back of the pavilion. Egg Hunts will be held every 10 minutes from 11:00am- 3:30pm . Egg Relays will be held at: 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm and 3:40pm. Guests can check in at the podium at the United Kingdom up to 30 mins before each hunt. Space is limited to 20 children per time slot.
Easter egg hunts will also be held each day in Future World East. The Innoventions East-er Garden will have Egg Hunts every 15 minutes from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This area is located between Innoventions and The Universe of Energy. Guests can check in at the podium at the Innoventions East-er Garden up to 30 mins before each hunt. Space is limited to 20 children per time slot.