3 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Easter

This Sunday is Easter, so it’s time for another holiday post. Like usual, I don’t want to list activities that are only available around that holiday; rather, I want to help you find Eastery things to do in Walt Disney World year-round. Now, if you do happen to be in Disney World during Easter, rest assured that you can visit the Easter bunny, enjoy an Easter brunch, and go to church if you’d like (check the DIS for details). Outside of the Easter season, though, there really aren’t explicit references to Easter in the parks. It’s not one of the holidays featured in Carousel of Progress, and I can’t think of any Easter decorations that can be spotted in any of the movie-based attractions. (If you think of something, let me know!) If you get creative, though, you can find things that remind you of Easter any time of year.

Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Easter.

1. Easter Bunnies

For many people, it wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter bunny! Although Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are only in Walt Disney World during Easter, you can find other rabbits there throughout the year. One is, of course, Rabbit from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Another is Bean Bunny in Muppet*Vision 3-D. And don’t forget Br’er Rabbit on Splash Mountain! You should also be able to find real bunnies in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The animal list on AllEars.Net says there are rabbits in Camp Minnie-Mickey and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Rabbit in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Br'er Rabbit on Br'er Bear's shoulder outside of Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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4 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Romance

It’s Valentine’s Day, so naturally that’s the theme of today’s post. I could have made today’s list be of romantic things to do in Walt Disney World with your valentine, but I think that, similar to how there’s no one best restaurant in Walt Disney World, there’s no official standard of romantic things to do there. You and your significant other might find a candlelight dinner romantic, while others would prefer watching IllumiNations or strolling the beach at the Polynesian. If you’re in Walt Disney World on Valentine’s Day, do whatever makes you as a unique couple happy. If, on the other hand, you’re there any time of year and simply like Valentine’s Day for what it is—a celebration of romance—then I can certainly recommend some romantic tales as old as time for you to experience. So, here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love romance.

1. Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage

Belle and the Beast reading in Beauty and the Beast -- Live on Stage in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney WorldAs I mentioned in my post on musical theater, this musical in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is fantastic, and of course, a great love story. The musical plays five or six times a day, so check the Times Guide for the performance schedule.

2. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Based on another classic Disney love story, Voyage of the Little Mermaid is also performed daily in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This production is shorter and involves more film clips and special effects than the more theatrical Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage, but it still tells the story of a princess meeting her prince.

3. The Great Movie Ride

In my post on Lady and the Tramp, I mentioned the romance montage at the end of The Great Movie Ride, which shows such famous screen couples as Rhett and Scarlett (from Gone with the Wind), Cathy and Heathcliff (from Wuthering Heights), and, of course, Lady and Tramp. Earlier in the attraction you also see a famous scene of ill-fated romance from the classic film Casablanca.

4. Disney’s Wedding Pavilion

Walt Disney World is a popular destination not only for honeymoons but also for weddings. While there are a number of places around property where weddings can be conducted, there is one custom-built location: Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, located near the Grand Floridian. It’s not always open, but I’ve been able to peek in there a few times. With the castle view and Victorian theming, it feels romantic even when no weddings are happening there.

Exterior of Disney's Wedding Pavilion in Walt Disney World

Interior of Disney's Wedding Pavilion in Walt Disney World

View of Cinderella Castle from Disney's Wedding Pavilion in Walt Disney World

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Your romance-themed day in Walt Disney World involves only one theme park: Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Start your morning there with The Great Movie Ride. Then catch performances of Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. When you’re finished there, you can take a bus to the Grand Floridian resort. Then use this map to find your way to the Wedding Pavilion.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy New Year!

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom

(Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs. I tried finding one of my own Disney fireworks photos to use, but every single one of them is blurry, or there’s some kid on someone’s shoulders blocking the castle. Alas. Enjoy this fabulous one instead!)

5 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love New Year’s

Happy New Year’s Eve’s Eve! Many people love this time of year: making lists of the bests and worsts of the previous year while imagining the possibilities of the next. Others just like the parties. Today I’m going to talk about ways to find what you like about New Year’s in Walt Disney World no matter what time of year you go. Now, the ideal thing to do would be to go back in time to when Pleasure Island celebrated New Year’s Eve every night (from 1990 to 2005). Since that’s not possible, you’ll have to work a little harder to create that New Year’s feel, but it’s possible. You just have to be OK with singing “Auld Lang Syne” by yourself…

Here are five things to do in Walt Disney World if you love New Year’s.

1. Fireworks

What’s New Year’s Eve without fireworks? For truly extravagant fireworks, Wishes in Magic Kingdom is hard to beat. Personally, however, I’m partial to IllumiNations in Epcot (LOVE the music!). Fireworks are incorporated into Fantasmic!, the evening show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it’s not a fireworks show per se, and seeing it requires claiming a seat in the amphitheater long before the show. There are no fireworks in Animal Kingdom, so I’d suggest seeing Wishes or IllumiNations, depending on which setting appeals more to you.

2. Confetti

Confetti can be found in a variety of places in Disney World. My favorite, of course, is the welcome show at Magic Kingdom. Confetti cannons go off to celebrate the park opening each morning, and the ground is littered with tiny colorful Mickeys. On my brother’s family’s recent trip, they got there shortly after opening, and one of my nephews was disappointed that he hadn’t gotten to see the show and get any confetti. A cast member heard him and gave him a little bag of confetti! That confetti is suspiciously similar to the “pixie dust” that kids get after a haircut in Harmony Barbershop. Another place to find confetti and streamers is in Disney Junior—Live on Stage! It comes raining down toward the end of the show.

3. Champagne

If you’re looking for champagne in Disney World, why not go to France?

France pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World

Champagne is available at the drink stand and wine room as well as both full-service restaurants in the France pavilion. A glass ranges from $10 to $30, with most around $12-14 (prices gathered by Party Through the Parks).

4. Reflecting on the past

While usually we spend the time around New Year’s reflecting specifically on the previous year, I’m going to expand that to reflecting on the past in general, and that’s certainly possible in Walt Disney World. Historically themed attractions include Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, The Hall of Presidents, The American Adventure, Spaceship Earth, and Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.

5. Imagining the future

New Year’s resolutions are about embracing the possibilities of tomorrow, and that’s a theme in both Tomorrowland and Future World. While Tomorrowland is more about yesterday’s dreams of tomorrow than today’s, it still allows you to imagine a future world of robots, aliens, and a great public transportation system (Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!). Future World in Epcot isn’t all that futuristic either, but sometimes Innoventions features some cutting-edge technology.

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Since each item on this list has a number of options, this is more of a choose-your-own-adventure day than a set itinerary. Just to give you an example, though, I’d start off the day at the Magic Kingdom welcome show, being sure to gather some confetti. Then I’d head to Tomorrowland to enjoy Carousel of Progress (representing the past) and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (representing the future). I’d take extra time to explore all the Tomorrowland details, like the palm trees and Metrophone. After lunch, I’d head over to Epcot and experience the exhibits in Innoventions and explore Future World. I’d cap off the evening with a glass of champagne in France while watching IllumiNations. What a great day!

What do you love best about New Year’s?