Easter 2023 is just around the corner, and for many families that means one thing: Easter Holidays! Orlando is one of our most popular Easter Holiday destinations, and as the holidays near you may now be starting to plan and pack for your Orlando Holiday! After many years of visiting Orlando over the Easter Holiday, we have assembled some of our top tips – including what to pack, where to eat at Disney and things to do in Orlando!
Here are some essentials we think you’ll want to pack for your Orlando Holiday:
Clothing: Orlando is known for its warm weather, so be sure to pack light and comfortable clothing. Bring a mix of shorts, t-shirts, and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Don't forget to pack swimwear if you plan to hit the pool or beach!
Footwear: With all the walking you'll be doing at theme parks and other attractions, it's important to bring comfortable footwear. Trainers or sturdy sandals are the best choice, and sandals can be great for the beach or pool too.
Sun protection: Don't forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the strong Florida sun. We recommend SPF 30 or higher!
Rain gear: Though mostly nice and sunny, April can bring the occasional rain shower in Orlando so it's a good idea to pack a lightweight rain jacket or poncho just in case.
Theme park essentials: If you're planning to visit the theme parks, be sure to bring a backpack to carry essentials like water bottles, snacks, and sunscreen. A portable phone charger can also come in handy.
Other items: Don't forget to pack all your travel documents like passports, insurance details, accommodation vouchers, etc. And be sure to have them somewhere handy for when you need them!
Planning your Disney Days – specifically, where to eat lunch:
By now, you will have booked the days you are visiting Walt Disney World. We recommend beginning your days at Walt Disney World early; to a) make the most of your days, and b) ensure you get a good car parking space and beat the midday crowds.
One of the most difficult things to plan when visiting Walt Disney World, we often find, is where and when you stop for lunch. We know Disney days can be long, and especially if you are travelling with small children they will begin to get hungry. As many of the sit down restaurants quote Disney World require advance reservations, and sometimes planning your lunch that far in advance is too difficult. So here are some of our favourite grab-and-go food style options in the Walt Disney World theme parks.
Magic Kingdom is the heart of the Disney World Resort and is home to some of the most famous attractions, including Cinderella's Castle and the Main Street Parade. For a quick and convenient lunch option, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café is the perfect grab-and-go spot. Located in Tomorrowland, this restaurant offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and salads that are sure to satisfy any appetite. Columbia Harbour House is another popular spot for on-the-go food including seafood and sandwiches.
Animal Kingdom is a firm favourite including animal encounters, thrilling rides, and lush landscapes. For a quick lunch, Harambe Market is a must-visit. This outdoor food court-style eatery offers a range of African-inspired dishes, such as grilled chicken skewers and beef and lamb gyro flatbreads. Alternatively, try Flame Tree Barbecue for smoked meats and Satu'li Canteen for customizable bowls and wraps.
EPCOT is a fantastic theme park that offer family fun for all ages! For a quick bite, check out the Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, located in the American Adventure pavilion. This restaurant offers a variety of barbecue favourites, including pulled pork sandwiches, smoked chicken, and brisket.
Finally, Hollywood Studios is the perfect destination for movie fans and thrill-seekers alike. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, is the perfect place for a quick lunch. This restaurant features a variety of galactic-inspired dishes, including smoked Kaadu ribs and fried Endorian tip-yip.
Other things to do in Orlando:
If you're looking for something a little different to do apart from visiting Orlando’s fantastic theme parks, here are a couple of ideas:
Visit the Kennedy Space Center: Located on the east coast of Florida, the Kennedy Space Center is a fascinating place to learn about space exploration and NASA's history. You can tour the launch pads, see real rockets and shuttles, and even meet astronauts.
Explore the Orlando Science Center: The Orlando Science Center is an interactive museum that is perfect for families with children. There are exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to renewable energy, as well as a planetarium and an observatory.
Enjoy a day at Lake Eola Park: This downtown park features a picturesque lake, walking paths, and plenty of open space for picnics or games. You can also rent a swan-shaped paddleboat to explore the lake.
Take an airboat ride: Explore the natural beauty of the Everglades with an airboat tour. You may even spot some alligators or other wildlife along the way.
Shop and dine at Disney Springs: Disney Springs is Disney's shopping an entertainment hub, including well known High Street stores like Zara as well as specific Disney boutiques where you can purchase Disney souvenirs. There also many different restaurants, bars, and nightlife to enjoy.
We hope this top-tip guide to Easter in Orlando helps you to plan and have the perfect Easter Holiday this year!