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Planning a disneyland easter ? This is everything you need to know about visiting the happiest place on earth for the easter season (or easter sunday itself ).
Easter and the weeks around it are some of the best times to visit the Disneyland park and the disney hotels. The weather tends to be LOVELY in Anaheim during the spring season , and depending on when it falls….. you may just miss the spring break season travelers (you can check the undercover tourist crowd calendars for details each year). Doing a disneyland easter has become a springtime tradition for my family……and we love doing some of the special activities that are available ONLY this time of year.
disneyland easter : what to do, where to eat, and what to see
When it comes to disneyland easter plans……I suggest focusing on a few things. I always try to plan a fun brunch option ( there are a ton of great special easter offerings I'll share), we participate in the egg hunt (more details on that below), we see disney characters , and we get a special surprise treat or two.
These activities are great options for Disneyland locals, or for part of a longer trip if you're visiting from out of town.
I absolutely love this hunt for the disneyland easter eggs and think it's one of the most fun activities that Disneyland puts on each year. They offer three scavenger hunts (or egg hunts) from mid March to Easter in different parts of the downtown disney district and the parks themselves. You'll pick up a game board (or egg hunt map) for your chosen location (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District) and the map will have clues as to the locations of the disney easter eggs. Warning, they're often hidden in plain sight!
The eggstravaganza maps cost $9.99 (yes you can use your magic key discount). You'll get a corresponding sticker to attach to each spot once you've located the egg, and once you've found them all? You'll return your completed map to a redemption location for a little prize.
If you're doing disneyland easter then you HAVE to see the characters. You can usually see Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse decked out in spring and easter attire, and the week or so leading up to ACTUAL easter? You can see mr. easter bunny himself (usually he's on main street usa in Disneyland). If you'd like another fun option, then do a hunt for all the Disney rabbits. From oswald the lucky rabbit to roger rabbit to the white rabbit , you can meet some fun characters and collect autographs for a special easter souvenir (one year we even had the characters sign Lydia's easter basket with a sharpie).
Disneyland easter treats
If you'd like a special treat to end your disneyland easter celebration (or to bring home for the next day)……trust me, there are some great ones. You can pick up specialty easter treats at select locations throughout the parks and hotels….a few of my favorite spots to check? Candy Palace for the famous chocolate easter eggs they release each year, the grand california stand in their lobby, and or Trolley Treats inside Disney California Adventure. Warning, the chocolate easter eggs sell out FASTTTTT. If you want one, stop by Candy Palace first thing in the morning!
Disneyland easter brunch options
Now let's talk easter brunch. This is important right??? It's one of the best parts of any easter and brunch during a disneyland easter is NO exception! And let's be honest, no one does brunches as well as any great disneyland breakfast.
If you are looking for a traditional Easter brunch, we've loved the Easter Brunch at Catal. They have activities for the kids, an easter bunny photo opp and the food is AMAZING.
Another great easter brunch option? I always suggest reserving one of the character dining offerings……they're all SO much fun. Don't forget, you'll need park reservations if you want to do the Plaza Inn character dining. But for the Princess Breakfast Adventures, Storyteller's Cafe or Goofy's Kitchen…..you don't need a park ticket or reservation. You can absolutely make a whole disneyland easter day of doing the Downtown Disney Egg Hunt and a brunch at one of the hotels if you're local! We've done that a number of times and had a total blast.
I hope that this has helped you to plan a Disneyland easter visit that works for your family……..whether you are a Southern California local or visiting from out of town. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments!