One of the more challenging holiday tasks for me growing up was finding my Easter basket; it was always hidden on Easter morning. Before I could enjoy a milk-chocolate bunny (ears first, of course), I had to find it hidden somewhere around my house. Somehow my sister always seemed to find her basket faster than me (don’t get me started about the Easter egg hunt!). For those guests who are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this week, I found some Easter baskets (pun intended) that are perfect for the holiday. You may recall reading about the BFF Basket from the Disney Floral & Gifts team. The baskets I found are a little different, and they are offered at each of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in Florida. I spoke with Bonnie Ezell, Area Manager Retail Sales for Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, about this tradition.
“We offer two kinds of Easter baskets,” explained Bonnie. “Each resort will have some pre-made baskets containing a variety of merchandise items. We will also have cast members available to make customized baskets based on guests’ requests.”
The retail for the pre-made baskets varies based on the items included (between $40-$65). The customized baskets start at $7.00 for the empty basket, grass, bow and wrap. Anything added to a custom basket is extra. I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to see these baskets in person. There, I met Robin Mascia, a Retail Guest Service Manager at the Resort, who shared with me a unique service at select Disney resorts called “Hop and Drop.”
“In addition to the pre-made and customized baskets, we offer something called ‘Hop and Drop,’” said Robin. “This means that Easter baskets will be delivered to guests’ resort rooms on Easter morning. It’s fun to help the Easter Bunny make some magic [on Easter] morning.”
If you are stuck deciding what to put inside a basket, I found a few items you may consider (besides my friend Duffy The Disney Bear in his Easter outfit).
First up, two egg plush decorated like Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The eggs unzip to reveal a removable plush character dressed for the holiday. Each one has a retail of $11.95.
These egg plush were so adorable that we also made a pin set (what we call “two on a card”) featuring them. Finally, we have a new open-edition pin complete with Mickey Mouse wearing bunny ears.
Now I’m wondering if I can have an Easter basket delivered to my home – that would save me so much time and I could dig into the chocolate sooner! “Hoppy” Easter!