Walt Disney World celebrates Easter with foods & desserts, entertainment, and decorations in the parks & resorts. In this guide to Easter 2021, we’ll share tips for enjoying the special festivities plus the big return of something eggs-travagant! (Updated March 19, 2021.)
First, we don’t want to oversell Easter as a holiday or special event at Walt Disney World. It’s not even remotely on par with Christmas or Halloween. While there are some decorations in a few of the resort hotels and special offerings at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, other hotels and parks ignore the holiday completely. Aside from a random cupcake or dessert, you might never know it’s Easter at Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. Well, aside from the spring break crowds.
The crowds are reason-enough to avoid Easter at Walt Disney World. They more than outweigh the holiday offerings, so if you’re debating whether an Easter trip to Walt Disney World would be ‘fun’, that’s your answer. In reality, most people reading this are probably visiting at Easter for lack of better options, as it coincides with school spring break and weather makes it a more desirable time to visit Florida than summer…
First, crowds. Contrary to some misconceptions, Easter itself is not a ghost town at Walt Disney World because everyone is at home spending time with their families. (This is a persistent myth about every holiday and the Super Bowl, and we’re not sure why.)
To the contrary, as we discuss in our April 2021 at Walt Disney World post, the weeks around Easter are pretty busy. However, it’s even worse in years when Easter is in March, as Spring Break and Easter school break schedules are more likely to align. In any case, expect crowds to let up after April 11, 2021.
If you’re looking for some more tasty Easter or spring-themed desserts, there are several cakes and cupcakes around Walt Disney World. Above is the seasonal Easter cake available at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, which is a fantastic lemon flavored cake.
This is not mentioned in Walt Disney World’s 2021 Easter Foodie Guide, but to our recollection, it hasn’t been in the past either. One dessert that is mentioned: Easter Cookies n’ Cream Bonbons (pictured below). You’ll find these and many other Easter desserts at Beach Club Marketplace, and they’re absolutely fantastic. Well worth the walk over from World Showcase!
For the most part, other Easter desserts are found at counter service restaurants in the resorts, and don’t really bear mentioning. The options at Gasparilla Island Grill sound good (they usually are!) as does the bunny cake at Contempo Cafe.
Beyond that, several Walt Disney World restaurants will be offering Easter brunch. These include Olivia’s Café at Old Key West Resort (view menu and make reservations here), Ale & Compass Restaurant at Yacht Club (view Easter brunch menu and make reservations here), and Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge (view menu and make reservations here).
In seemingly insignificant but actually very big news, Walt Disney World has confirmed that the resort hotel easter egg displays will return for 2021! These eggs-travagantly detailed pieces of sweet edible art are created by Disney’s talented pastry chefs and featured at various resort hotels.
Even if you’re not visiting for Easter, this is huge and unexpected news. Edible displays were cancelled for Christmas last year, which Walt Disney World attributed to physical distancing guidelines.
While it’s true that these Easter eggs typically draw smaller crowds, it’s also true that both types of edible displays cost money, and that’s part of Disney’s unstated calculus. With hotel occupancy starting to pick up, it would appear that Walt Disney World is starting to get comfortable restoring aspects of the guest experience.
These Easter egg displays are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re a delightful “little touch” and the cumulative effect of such little touches is the essence of Walt Disney World. Bringing stuff like this back signifies more incremental progress towards normalcy, and we can expect to see more of this going forward.
Here are the locations and dates for the 2021 Walt Disney World Easter Egg Displays:
- Disney’s BoardWalk Resort – Lobby area (available for viewing March 26 to April 4, 2021)
- Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa – Lobby area, concierge level, and Grand Floridian Café lobby (available for viewing March 15 to April 4, 2021)
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – Carriage House (available for viewing April 1-11, 2021)
- Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort – Beach Club lobby, Yacht Club lobby, Ale & Compass Restaurant, The Market at Ale & Compass (available for viewing March 18 to April 4, 2021)
Words don’t do these Easter egg displays justice, so here are some more photos from two years ago (the last time they were out):
That’s a wrap on everything we’re anticipating for Easter 2021 at Walt Disney World.
What follows is Easter entertainment and activities, you can find in an normal year. While Walt Disney World hasn’t confirmed one way or the other whether this stuff will return in 2021, we assume it will not. However, if you’re visiting in 2022, here’s what you can probably expect…
At Magic Kingdom, you can meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny in the “Bunny Lane Garden” in Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, U.S.A., which is tucked away by City Hall just inside the front entrance to Magic Kingdom. (It’s the same spot where Santa meets.)
This meet and greet is beautifully-decorated with pastel-colored birdhouses and pots full of vibrant spring flowers. It typically runs for a couple of weeks leading up to Easter, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. A PhotoPass photographer and character attendant are present to capture images.
In our experience, the wait times for this meet and greet aren’t too long. That’s probably because these characters aren’t recognizable to the average guest as “Disney” and because the location is not visible as you enter the park. We noticed a handful of parents with children in spring dresses and outfits, so we assume it’s a popular spot for that.
We ended up waiting about 10 minutes to have our photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, and this was midday on what was otherwise a busy day in Magic Kingdom. We’d hazard a guess that wait times for this spike on Easter Sunday, but otherwise it’s something of a hidden gem meet & greet!
Also at Magic Kingdom, but only for Easter weekend, there’s a special pre-parade for Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. The highlight of this is the Azalea Trail Maids, a group of 50 high school seniors chosen annually to serve as “Official Ambassadors” for Mobile, Alabama.
The Azalea Trail Maids, wear extravagant antebellum-style dresses meant to look like flowers, and have been marching in Walt Disney World’s parades on Easter for over 40 years. It’s a fun little tradition, and their costumes are gorgeous.
If you’re looking for a religious service on Easter Sunday, that’s offered in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We don’t have official times for this year, but Catholic Mass is typically held at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Protestant Service at 9:15 a.m. Inquire with the resort directly to confirm times.
Note that parking restrictions have been in effect for weeks at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, meaning you will not be allowed to park here for the religious services. Instead, take monorail or boat service to the Contemporary, or take a bus to Magic Kingdom and walk to the Contemporary.
Overall, unlike Christmas or Halloween at Walt Disney World, Easter is not a time to visit that we actively recommend. To the contrary, we’d recommend avoiding it if you can. However, that won’t be an option for many of you reading this, and it’s possible to make the most of the experience with efficient strategy and by enjoying the limited assortment of special seasonal offerings.
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