Easter is one of the busiest times to visit Walt Disney World, between Spring Break and the Holiday. According to TouringPlans.com, expect Crowd Levels of 10 out of 10 from March 23rd to April 2nd. However, I had no idea there were so many additional activities Disney offered in the week prior or on Easter Sunday.
Here is and idea of what to expect on Easter.
- Meet and Greet with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny- Starting now through Easter Sunday. At the Bunny Lane Gardens near City Hall from 9am to 5pm.
- Easter Pre-Parade-An Easter Themed introduction 15 minutes prior to the 3pm parade. That’s 2:45pm folks!
- Fantasyland walkway between Little Mermaid and Storybook Circus will be open through April 8th to alleviate crowds.
- Disney Limited Time Magic Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt-Purchase a map for $4.95 and search for hidden “eggs” throughout Epcot and you will be rewarded with an Easter Vinylmation surprise.
- Easter Egg Hunts-At the UK Pavilion Garden Maze and Future World Innoventions “Easter Garden”. Additional Easter Activities at the “Easter Garden”
- Meet and Greet with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny-On Easter Sunday only at the UK Pavilion Garden Maze.
As many of you know, the Octonauts is a new favorite for children on Disney Junior. My 5 year old is no exception. So when his 6th birthday approached, an Octonauts party was a must. I agreed wholeheartedly, until I began the search for party supplies. Nothing online, in the party store, anywhere. As the show originated in the United Kingdom, all the Octonauts supplies were there. As we search the internet, my husband and I find tons of DIY ideas for Octonauts decoration, food and favors. We even got a little creative and came up with a few of our own.
Here is a breakdown of our Octonauts Birthday Party!
One of the signs of a Disney Addict is obsession with Disney Parks on TV. Old sitcoms and the Travel Channel are all fair game. Anything to get a glimpse of one of your favorite places in the world to visit.
There are several options to immerse your television into the Disney Parks. Old Sitcoms like Roseanne and Full House repeat episodes that were filmed in the parks. Travel Channel will run specials on each Park or the history of Walt Disney. My Yard Goes Disney is often shown and they visit imagineers at the Parks. Food Channel is another spot to find a band-aid for the Disney Addiction. Guy Fieri’s Christmas Special is a must watch every year!
You can search Disney on your cable guides and set up the DVR. Another great resource is the website simply titled Disney Theme Parks on TV. This site will take you to the weeks showings of anything Disney Park Related! You can even set up a weekly email alert.
I know I am among friends and fellow Disney Addicts so you won’t judge! What are your favorite Disney TV finds?
Chip’s Tip: Do you miss Stacey when you aren’t at the resorts? You Disney Addicts know who I’m talking about…look for her doing her thing on You Tube.
- 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Disney Addict (chipandco.com)
- Who Would Not Want a Disney World Personal Shopper? (chipandco.com)
- Disney-Inspired Handbags and Accessories by Vera Bradley (chipandco.com)
- 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Disney Addict: Part 2 (chipandco.com)
Continuing our series on the Top 5 Nap Spots for little ones we head to Hollywood… If you are at Hollywood Studios for the day and your Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania isn’t until 4pm, where do you take your little ones for a quick snooze? With its lack of shade and noisy performances, it’s not the most conducive for sleep. But even Hollywood Studios has some hiding places for peace and quiet.
- Streets of America-Find a back alley (which are more shaded) and park the stroller, or simply wander the streets until your little one is down. Avoid the Mater and McQueen, they make noise!
- Echo Lake-While featuring some of the noisiest attractions, Echo Lake is abound with quiet shaded areas and quiet benches. It’s also centrally located for the rest of the family.
- Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream-An indoor self-guided tour of Walt’s artifacts and memorabilia. Indoor, Low Lighting, Air-Conditioned. What else does your little one need? There is also a movie, which may or may not do the trick.
- Studio Catering Company-Covered patio with Dining tables and Chairs. Honestly, it’s hardly ever open and you are right near bathrooms and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
- Take a Boat Ride-The same Friendship boats that leave Epcot, make a stop at Hollywood Studios. Therefore you can ride the boat with your child in their stroller as stops are made at Epcot, Boardwalk Resort, The Swan and Dolphin, Beach and Yacht Club. There is also a walking path which if the weather isn’t miserable makes a great option.
These are just some of my suggestions for Nap Spots at Hollywood Studios. Any places you’ve found in Hollywood Studios for a snooze? Please share with our readers in the Comments section of this article.
- Nap Time at Disney World’s Baby Care Centers (chipandco.com)
- Spring Break Begins, Characterpalooza Moves, Buffalo Chicken Nuggets, A Couple New Dresses – Hollywood Studios 3/10/13 (easywdw.com)
Any Chip and Co fans born after 1990 are going to have no idea what I’m talking about. So I’m going to get you all ready for the Double Jeopardy Question. When Disney World opened in 1971, the restaurant in Cinderella Castle was… If you guessed Cinderella’s Royal Table you would be wrong. The answer is…
King Stefan’s Banquet Hall
Yes, the restaurant featured in Cinderella Castle was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father. It only took until 1997 for Disney to get sick of answering all the questions and change the name to Cinderella’s Royal Table. Apparently the Disney Imaginers wanted to give the restaurant a regal name to match the dozens of Coat of Arms on the wall. Since Cinderella’s father isn’t named in the movie, they decided on King Stefan. Hence 25 years of confusing tourists and Cast Members.
The menu was known for its Beef and Barley Soup and Fried Brie. The Fairy Godmothers Vegetarian Plate was a gnocchi and vegetable combination, a favorite among diners. The Kid’s menu resembles a fast food chain “crown” and joins other King Stefan’s Banquet Hall collectibles on Ebay. Check here for recipes of old favorites from the original Royal Table.
As my first Disney visit was as an adult, I never knew King Stefan’s Banquet Hall. Please share your stories, menu items and collectibles with Chip and Co in the comment section below.
Photo credit Imaginerding.com
- Rare 1971 Walt Disney World Aerial Pics (disneyandmore.blogspot.com)
- ‘Limited Time Magic’ Gets Wickedly Beautiful with Beautifully Disney (chipandco.com)
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