Easter week survival guide - info on hours, EMH changes, entertainment and dining

Apr 15, 2011 in "WDWMAGIC Updates"

Easter week is one of the busiest weeks at Walt Disney World. Operating hours, entertainment, parade schedules and dining are all running at maximum and can be quite different to other times of the year. This guide is intended to highlight some of the main changes that could affect your trip during Easter. Schedules can change, so it is always advisable to get a times guide from the main entrance each day to check up on the latest information. When you are in the park, visit the Tip Board (see guidemap for locations) for information on the latest wait times for attractions and shows.

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Operating Hours

You can view the operating hours on our calendar here, or on the 'Calendar' tab on the WDWMAGIC iPhone App.

The Magic Kingdom opens everyday at 8am, and everyday at 7am for Disney Resort guests using Morning Extra Magic Hours.

Animal Kingdom is opening at 8am everyday, and on select days 7am for Disney Resort guests using Morning Extra Magic Hours.

Disney's Hollywood Studios is opening at 8am everyday, and on select days 7am for Disney Resort guests using Morning Extra Magic Hours.

Epcot retains normal hours of 9am to 9pm, and on select days with 8am for Disney Resort guests using Morning Extra Magic Hours.

Additional attractions added to the Magic Kingdom morning Extra Magic Hours line-up for Easter week

For April 17 to April 23 2011, the Magic Kingdom has added 4 additional attractions to the standard morning Extra Magic Hours line-up. Morning EMH will be running daily from 7am to 8am for resort guests between April 17 and April 23.

Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain will join the standard morning EMH attractions listed below.

Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, "it's a small world", Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Space Mountain, Stitch's Great Escape!, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress 

More Extra Magic Hours info.

25% discount for counter service dining returning for off-peak dining at all 4 parks
To help spread the dining load during the very busy Easter period, Disney are once again offering a great discount offer for off-peak dining at counter service locations at all four parks. Between April 17 2011 and April 23 2011, guests can redeem a voucher for 25% off their bill (excluding alcohol) with the purchase of any entrée at select quick-service locations before 11:30am or between 3pm and 4:30pm.

The 25% discount vouchers will be available at the following locations:

1. The Times Guide available in the parks and resorts
2. Online here
3. The bottom of select merchandise receipts
4. The bottom of select resort quick-service receipts

Participating restaurants

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Flame Tree Barbeque, Pizzafari, RestaurantosaurusTamu Tamu Refreshments

Magic Kingdom
Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Pinocchio Village Haus, Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Electric Umbrella, Liberty InnSunshine Seasons

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
ABC Commissary, Backlot ExpressStudio Catering Company 

Extra Dining Options

These seasonal restaurants are open during the week at the Magic Kingdom

The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland operating as quick service from 11am to 3pm, and table service from 5pm to 9pm. 

Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland 11am to 10pm. 

Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland 11am to 3pm 

Easter Bunnies to appear daily at the Magic Kingdom for meet and greets and Easter Sunday pre-parade

The Easter Bunnies will be appearing at the Magic Kingdom for meet and greets from April 17 to April 23 2011 in the Tour Guide Gardens next to City Hall, between 8am and 5pm. On Sunday April 24, the bunnies will appear in a pre-parade at 2:45pm. 

Magic Kingdom to perform two 'Celebrate a Dream Come True' parades daily for the Easter week

The Magic Kingdom has added a second afternoon performance of the 'Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade' during the upcoming Easter week. The parade performances are at 12pm and 3pm from April 17 to April 23 2011.

Phased Closings

Typically during this week the Magic Kingdom reaches capacity and closes to some guests. There are varying phases of closure with different rules as to who can still enter the park (see our guide here). Typically, the capacity closings ease up later in the day.

Easter religious services

For Easter, Disney's Contemporary Resort will host religious services on Sunday, April 24 2011, in the Fantasia Ballroom.

The Contemporary parking lot is likely to be very busy, so guests staying at the monorail resorts would are advised to get to the Contemporary via the resort monorail. All other guests are recommended to go to the Magic Kingdom and then transfer to a shuttle bus to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

The service schedule will be:
Catholic Mass – 8:00am and 10:15am.
Protestant Service – 9:00am.

Trip Planning Guide

For lots more useful information, visit our Trip Planning guide here.
Article Posted: Apr 15, 2011 / 10am EDT