Did you know the Disney Parks has it’s own egg hunt each spring? We did not until about two days before our visit last week and we thought it may be worth trying, but it quickly turned into one of the highlights of our trip.
The Eggstravaganza happens at both Disneyland Resort and Disney World briefly each spring, and while we thought we’d take on one of the Disneyland Resort hunts, we ended up doing both the Disneyland and California Adventure hunts, while toying with the idea of also doing the Downtown Disney one, too. The hunt is basically a scavenger hunt done at your own pace, and not the full contact, elbows up egg hunt that some children’s egg hunts devolve into.
Here’s how it works in three simple steps:
- Buy a map ($5.95, plus tax) for the egg hunt you’d like to participate in. There are separate maps for Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. The maps come with a guide giving hints where to find the hidden eggs around the parks, and stickers to mark your map once you’ve located an egg. You get to keep the maps at the end, but there is only one prize per map, so we bought one for each family member, even though we all worked off of one map.
- Hunt for eggs! Look high and low. These aren’t little eggs, but they are often camoflaged. Sometimes your phone is your best friend, even for park regulars because we often didn’t know the proper names of buildings that were used in the hints. Also, cast members can be great resources for additional nudges in the right direction.
- Claim your prize! You don’t need to be finished with the egg hunt – in fact, you don’t even need to do the egg hunt – to get a prize. The cast member at the prize spot marks your map as redeemed and they show you the six egg options for you to pick which one(s) you’d like. There is a disclaimer that these are while supplies last, but when there last week, there were amble supplies of each egg.
When we started our first egg hunt at California Adventure, I thought it was something we’d casually do while walking around toward rides and attractions, but it became the focus of our day. We didn’t go on a single ride until we completed the first hunt because we were all having so much fun with it. (It’s important to note that my kids are 9 and 13, and when a 13 year old can enjoy something like this, it’s a clear win.)
With the egg hunt, it feels like we’ve participated in all of the major holiday fun with our annual passes this year. The egg hunt runs through this weekend, ending on Easter, March 27. If you’re in the park, you’ll see people walking around with the maps, and you’ll want to join in the fun. Information on where to buy the maps can be found on the Disney Parks blog. We stayed at the Grand Californian, and we bought the map for California Adventure at the Acorn Gifts & Goods right after checking in. They only sold the California Adventure and Downtown Disney maps, which meant the next day we bought our Disneyland map in the park at the It’s a Small World shop upon exiting the ride.
Photos of the prize eggs and maps are courtesy of Disney.