May 24, 2011
Despite the fact that Easter was in April, Tokyo Disney celebrates the holiday for nearly three months with the “Easter Wonderland” annual event. Obviously, this year’s event was abbreviated given the entire resort being shut down for over a month after March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Normally, the Easter Wonderland event runs from April 1 through June 30, but this year’s event started a little late on April 15th, when Disneyland reopened.
The Easter Wonderland Event is one of the more interactive seasonal events as guests can partake in an Easter Egg hunt that will require you to venture all over the Disneyland Park. There are lots of Resort decorations, seasonal goodies, and of course — the Easter parade. In a series of upcoming posts, I will share all the details of this year’s Easter event and take a photographic look back at some elements from last year.
Each year, Tokyo Disneyland decks out the park in Easter themed decorations that are echoed in the merchandise and food. This year, the theme was definitely the Easter egg. Upon entering the Park, the entrance area will filled with various Easter eggs, including some that were used in the Easter Egg Hunt last year (Buzz Lightyear, and Mickey & Pluto). The entrance sign is virtually unchanged from last year and features The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland in an Easter basket surrounded by colorful eggs.
Something new that I don’t remember from last year’s event was three “live art” performers once you pass through the World Bazaar and head towards the castle. They were stoic and virtually unmoving, except for position changes every two minutes or so. Each girl had something that moved or was unique on her outfit — one had an Easter egg that popped up, while another had a bunny that moved in its basket.
The center area approaching the castle is where each event’s centerpiece is and guests can have Disney photographers take professional shots with decorations and the castle backdrop. The main display piece for this year’s Easter Wonderland Celebration featured Disney characters decorating Easter eggs and lots of adorable bunny helpers loading them into the giant Easter basket. Donald Duck was the leader of this year’s event as he holds the map detailing where to hide the eggs.
One of the side displays was dedicated to Alice in Wonderland and was nearly identical to last year’s decorations as well — still very cute nonetheless! The other side featured an Easter bonnet with eggs display. Last year had Winnie the Pooh and the gang, and sadly, there was no sign of Pooh anywhere in the Easter line up this year.
Even after nightfall, the decorations are still visible and seem to draw the most people for photo opportunities on the way out of Disneyland.
Be sure to check out the gallery below for a few photos of the 2010 Easter Wonderland event.