Easter at Disneyland Info & Tips
Considering a visit to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for Easter? This post will provide info & tips for the spring season in the parks, including decorations, special entertainment, crowds, and more.
It goes with out saying that you can have a good time any day of the year at Disneyland and Disney California, but during the Easter season, you’re guaranteed an egg-stra good time! That’s a bit of an eggs-ageration, but I couldn’t pass up the eggs-travagant pun there. Okay, sorry, I’ll stop.
Actually, unlike some other major holidays, Easter is sort of a blip on the radar at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. In fact, aside from minor entertainment that’s offered in the spring, you are probably better off avoiding the Easter season, as it’s also the Spring Break season, which means the parks are busier than normal.
If you’re a local, already booked a trip, enjoy crowded times of year, or otherwise are super into Easter or meeting rabbit characters (Disney has a surprising number of them), here is what you’ll need to know about an Easter visit to Disneyland Resort…
In terms of entertainment, the main thing you’re looking at for Easter is Springtime Roundup. Note that the name here is SPRINGTIME Roundup, not Easter Roundup, so this isn’t Easter per se nor is it exclusive to Easter.
The big thing here is meeting Mickey & Minnie and the bunnies of Disney (plus Pluto with bunny ears). Each character does a 20 minute set, then rotates out, then returns at the start of the “Bunny Hop.” Let’s take a quick look at each of the characters, along with tips.
Roger Rabbit is Mr. Popularity here. With his spunky and playful attitude, it’s no surprise, but that’s actually not why he’s so popular. It’s because he doesn’t come out any other time of year, and Disneyland locals are pretty into rare characters.
In the middle of the day, lines can be quite long for Roger Rabbit. Fortunately, with the 10:30 am opening, it’s possible to focus on attractions at park rope drop, and then head to the characters for a minimal wait for Roger.
Mickey looks (as the kids say) hella fly with Minnie looking radiant in their Springtime finery. If they attended the Kentucky Derby, I envision them wearing these outfits (plus a crazy hat for Minnie).
Lines also get long for Mickey & Minnie, so head to them immediately after Roger Rabbit–skip the characters in the middle.
Pluto rotates with Mickey & Minnie; he’s a fun character to meet, but doesn’t draw quite the crowds.
Other characters will draw lines, but mostly from completionist guests who get in line for them because it’s convenient. You’ll hear a lot of “who is that?” for them.
Mr. Easter Bunny (I’m not sure if his official name includes the “Mister”, but you must give respect to anyone wearing a tophat) is a rare character, but not a particularly popular one here.
Here’s Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh. Expect minimal waits for him. Rounding out the crew is White Rabbit; I was surprised that his wait was so short when I met him…I thought people were crazy for anything Alice in Wonderland?
Note that all of these “minimal wait” remarks are for first thing in the morning. If you go at 2 pm, you’ll find waits for every character.
If you’re especially rad (or, more likely, have children), you can decorate ears before meeting the characters and wear those in the photos. Other arts and crafts are available here for kids.
The area is decorated with flowers, eggs, and other spring & Easter flourishes, making it come alive with a sea of pastel colors. It looks really nice.
In between meet & greet sets, the characters will do the “Bunny Hop” and a couple of other dances. The audience is invited to participate, and it seems like 50% of the kids in attendance love this, and the other 50% are totally confused. The dances are fun, but definitely aimed at kids.
The other highlight here, I think, is the egg decorators.
These artistic Cast Members paint eggs with various Disney characters and the like, and put the eggs on display. This occurs throughout the day in the view of guests. Pretty cool.
Some of the decorations remind me a bit of Michael’s, Home Goods, or some other little arts and crafts store, but I think that’s sort of the idea.
The event is held at a country ranch themed location, so a bit of quaintness works.
For me, the real highlight here is the Disney Performing Arts groups that appear throughout the day on stage. These are local school groups that Disneyland invites to perform, and the ones I’ve seen are very talented.
Typically, the groups play music from Disney animated classics with their own twist. I sat and listened to the group above play medleys of songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and several other films. The audience loved the performances (although I’m guessing many people there were their parents, so not exactly unbiased). I think it’s great that Disney invites these groups, and I can only imagine how exciting it is for the kids to perform in a theme park.
The only other Easter offering that might interest you is the “Disney Egg-stravaganza” (their pun, not mine) held at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
You can participate in a hunt for special hidden eggs themed to Disney characters. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5 in both parks. Whether you complete the hunt or fail miserably, when you’re done you can redeem your map for a prize.
Oh, and one final note on entertainment…if you’re into meeting the “Rabbits of Disney,” make sure to check the Times Guide at Disney California Adventure for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
He wasn’t invited over to the Springtime Roundup (I hear rumors he and Mickey are still beefin’), but he does meet year-round on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. This is currently the only place you can meet him (he doesn’t meet at Walt Disney World at all).
As hinted at above, from the perspective of crowds, the weeks around Easter aren’t the best times to visit Disneyland Resort. You have a confluence of factors at play: the ‘brutal’ winters of Southern California are coming to an end, with temperatures in the high-70s instead of the low-70s. Joking aside, this is a prime time for people in actual cold weather states to want to head west and escape the cold.
Although schools in California stagger their Spring Breaks to a degree, many occur the weeks leading up to and after Easter, meaning the parks are busier than normal during the month or so that envelopes Easter. Easter week, in particular, is bad since so many schools have that week off. In fact, it’s one of the busiest weeks of the year and is a general madhouse.
If you haven’t already planned a trip and are just reading this because you’re thinking of going for Easter, my recommendation would be: don’t. All of the special entertainment can be experienced during less busy times in late April or early May. Instead, consult our When to Visit Disneyland post to determine a good time of year to go.
If you already have a trip planned and are reading this article to know what to expect…expect heavy crowds. If this is the case, fear not, as there are plenty of ways to outsmart the masses and get a lot done despite heavy crowds. Start by reading our Disneyland 1-Day Itinerary and Disney California Adventure 1-Day Itinerary for specific plans. Combing through our Disneyland Trip Planning Guide will also help.
Whenever there’s a holiday, people invariably ask “where should I eat for [insert holiday]?” as they assume there will be special menus. Outside of Thanksgiving, there really isn’t a whole lot of “special” food offered. Disneyland will probably have some Easter-decorated cupcakes and other snacks, but most restaurants will not have special menus.
There are two exceptions to this: PCH Grill (Paradise Pier Hotel) and Storyteller’s Cafe (Grand Californian Hotel) which Disney has indicated will have special buffets (their exact words are “an enchanting holiday feast”) on Easter Sunday.
My guess is that this just means there will be some ham, eggs, and maybe some special desserts those days. Honestly, unless you’re super into Easter, I wouldn’t bother with these meals (we haven’t).
Neither restaurant is all that highly regarded, and this seems like the thing Disneyland Resort probably offers to satisfy all of the requests for special Easter dining. If you want a nice Easter dinner, my recommendation would be to skip these “enchanting feasts” and go for a nice meal at Napa Rose. You can order something that is a traditional Easter food there and have a much better meal.
Overall, I recommend checking out the Easter/spring entertainment if you’re already going to be at Disneyland Resort or are a local, but unlike the Halloween and Christmas entertainment, I would not recommend actually scheduling a trip around it. There’s simply not enough of substance to justify it.
There’s no parade, no fireworks, no special attraction overlays. I’m not complaining about that, as I don’t view Easter as a major theme park holiday like Halloween or Christmas, so literally anything is appreciated. These are nice little touches that Disneyland offers to keep the parks fresh and locals wanting to visit time and time again, but for casual visitors, the problem with this time of year is the crowds. If this stuff does interest you, get the best of both worlds by planning a weekend visit for early May.
Have you visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for Easter? What did you think? Was the entertainment worthwhile? Were the crowds overwhelming? Your feedback is half the fun! If you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to post those, too.
Mickey and the others!!! I hope for you all that you’ll be carreful with the Covid-19!!! You are like me the mortals humans and vulnerables!!! I don’t want to see Mickey or Thumper on a bed in a Hospital in the Coma. The childrens could be sad if one of their heros would must died of this covid!!! One Mickey was died in early years 1989-90 of a Heart attack!!! His name was Paul!!! He was the confident of Walt- Disney himself!!! And He was The Mickey of Seventies!!! Years 1969-1977 then he was taken his retreat later!!! He had 80 years old!!! What man he was!!! A courageaous man!!!
Hi! I’m New on this blog! there is not comment for long time since 2016 and now We are in 2021! With The Covid-19! Easter!!! If Easter it is yet, you do make with this agressive viruse!!! Don’t forget that fact: Most Disney’s Characters are Mens and Womens who like work for disneys’ parks( excuse-me for my english but i ‘m not very good because i live in france!) So i said that theses Characters Disney are sensible!!! Sensible!!! Smart And… Just Humans!!! Like us!!! They could fall sick and Probably could die if they contract the Covid-19. Usually a Man Could Die of A Heart-attack or somes Cancers!!! it’s the natural cycle of life!!! But This Covid is still Dangerous Very dangerous For all of us!!! So The disney’s compagny decide to close their park for our safety and healthy!!! But anothers days perhaps disney compagny open up this time the parks and peoples could visited the magics kingdoms safely!!! So i hope!!! Bye!!!
We are stuck coming to Disneyland springbreak (March 27th on) this upcoming 2016 year because our daughter is a Junior and it would be a bad year to take her out of school days just to avoid crowds. My first question: Do you think this year might be quieter because of the partial park closures due to the Star Wars development?
Second Question: Just how busy is really busy? In terms of wait times into rides you don’t have a FastPass for? 2 hours? 1 hour?
We’ve gone on or near Easter Sunday/week for years. Yes, it’s busy. I didn’t think it was much worse than in late May, though, when end of the school year events are going on. Plan on using Ride Maxx and if you plan your day out, you shouldn’t wait in lines much at all. If you don’t plan, the ride waits are crazy – 2 hours or more. I don’t know how people do that! We use ride maxx, maximize our fast pass use and usually take a break in the afternoon to swim or relax.
We will be there at the same time, for the same reason. We have 5 day passes, and thought about going back to the hotel to swim and nap. But we are worried that we won’t be able to get back in, how hard is it to get pack in the park after leaving.
Some really great photos, I love all the different Easter costumes that the characters have. Along with being able to see some less common characters as well.
Wondercon will add to the craziness, oh well I’ll be there to add to the crowds.
Yes Thumper is there
Oh good! I guess he was just left out of the article.
Great little article! Also diggin the new site layout. Lookin sharp… 🙂
What about Thumper? Is he part of the Springtime Roundup?
I’d love to see some info on WDW at Easter as we’ll be there that weekend this year too. Love your site and photography. Great work!
Hope there’s a similar article coming about Easter at WDW! I’ll be there next week!!
The website design change is coming together nicely. Looks good.
Thanks. Unfortunately, I had to roll it back due to error messages with certain pages, but stay tuned. I’m hoping to have a different responsive solution soon…