Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter!!!

April 2012
Issue 42

13 fun facts about Easter

  1. Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  2. 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter (that’s enough to completely fill an 89 feet high and 60 feet wide plastic Easter egg – about the height of a nine-story office building!)
  3. 82 percent of Americans say they would prefer a chocolate or candy bunny for Easter, while only 4 percent say they would prefer a live rabbit (can you blame them?!)
  4. 63 percent of Americans would most like to receive a chocolate bunny on Easter morning, followed by marshmallow bunnies (10 percent). The world’s largest jar of jelly beans weighed 6,050 pounds.
  5. 75 percent of kids are willing to do extra chores for extra Easter candy (what, we’re supposed to give them something for doing chores??! ).
  6. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
  7. 88 percent of adults carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids & 90 percent of adults hope for their own treat from the Easter Bunny. Who wouldn’t want chocolate?!
  8. The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
  9. Kids first grab for chocolate bunnies (76 percent) when checking out their Easter baskets, followed by marshmallow treats (18 percent), malted milk balls/eggs (17 percent) and jelly beans (16 percent).
  10. When it comes to knowing which types of bunnies please the palate, the majority of Americans say a solid chocolate bunny (42 percent) first and foremost, followed by a hollow chocolate bunny (21 percent), marshmallow bunny (10 percent) and other types of Easter bunny candy (9 percent).
  11. Red jelly beans are kids’ favorite
12.    90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.

  1. The tradition of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Persians, Egyptians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.
  2. 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
  3. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka (origins from the Ukrainian word pysaty, “to write”)
  4. The name Easter originates from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.

Bunny Brunch

The Mall at Millennia invites you for a springtime treat at the Bunny Brunch on Saturday, April 02, 2011. Celebrate the arrival of the Bunny from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Orangerie Cafés with entertainment, food, and splendid spring decor. Enjoy a hoppin’ dance party hosted by D.J. Renee, butterfly stilt walkers and a magician. Admission fee of $5 per person will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Light brunch selections will be provided by mall restaurants.

The Bunny will be available for photos at his colorful tea party garden from April 2nd through April 24, 2011 during mall hours. Children of all ages will have a chance to visit the bunny and receive a complimentary springtime gift.

Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

Excitement is in bloom at Epcot theme park this spring with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV!
Watch Disney spring to life with colorful flowers and gardens, dazzling Disney character topiaries, live music and fascinating programs.
Held March 7, 2012 through May 20, 2012, this special event beckons you to be inspired by nature at its finest.

Viva La Musica – APR 14         

SeaWorld Orlando hosts a vibrant Latino celebration during Viva La Musica with sensational music, concerts, dance, food sampling and crafts featuring the sights, sounds and tastes of the Hispanic culture.

This Saturday features Elvis Crespo in concert.
Event begins at noon. Concerts begin at 3 p.m.
Event is included with park admission.

The U.S. Finals – South Cheer & Dance – April 14

You have six minutes to showcase why your team’s routine deserves to be the best in the South. GO. The U.S. Finals is the BIGGEST end-of-season event series created to rank teams in all levels and ages of cheer and dance. This competition has grown into the single most successful multi-brand event in the U.S. attracting nearly 1,700 teams in 2011! We invite you to partake in this energy-packed competitive experience as girls flip, twist, kick, and turn their way to a medal!
Tickets will be available at the Arena Box Office on the day of the event.
$16 for adults, $11 for kids 5-12 years old and senior citizens 55 and over

kids 4 and under FREE

Sculpture Experience Pub Crawl – APR 14

6pm – 8:30pm

Take a stroll through the streets of Historic Downtown Kissimmee as you enjoy wine tasting, live music, food samples, art and a silent auction.
Kissimmee Main Street                                                                                                              

Caribbean Fusion – APR 29    

Admission: free

The family can enjoy delicious Caribbean Style foods and drinks, fun things for the children, arts and crafts and much more. Enjoy steel band music, Reggae Band, Latin Band, Indian dancers.

Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744


For those observing Easter on Sunday, April 8, Walt Disney World will host religious services in the Fantasia Ballroom of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Note that the parking lot at the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be operating under parking restrictions. As a result, resort guests staying around the monorail beam are encouraged to take the monorail or watercraft to the Contemporary Resort and all other WDW guests must use Walt Disney World transportation to the Magic Kingdom, then transfer to a shuttle bus to the Contemporary. The shuttle bus will be located at the bus loading area near the main entrance to the Magic Kingdom. The service schedule will be: Catholic Mass – 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Protestant Service 9 a.m. To arrange for taxi service to these or other religious services off Disney property, contact Yellow/Checker Cab at 407-422-2222.

Magic Kingdom:   

— The Azalea Trail Maids will be at Magic Kingdom for a little procession before the afternoon parade on Easter Sunday.

— Guests can meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at Tour Guide Gardens now through Easter Sunday.


Easter Egg Hunts and Relays at the United Kingdom will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny in United Kingdom’s Maze Garden in the back of the pavilion. The Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3-9 will be held every 10 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Easter Egg Relay for ages 8-12 will be every 40 minutes after the hour with the first relay at 11:40 a.m. and the final relay at 3:40 p.m. A smaller egg hunt area will be provided for children under 3 years old. Check in at the podium at the United Kingdom up to 30 minutes before each hunt. Space is limited. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will pose for photos and sign autographs continuously 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunts in Future World East will be held for children ages 3-9 at the Innoventions “East-er” Garden. Hunt times will be every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check in at the podium at the Future World East-er Garden (between Innoventions and Universe of Energy) up to 30 minutes before each hunt. Space is limited. Children of all ages are invited to participate in Easter activities such as bunny ring toss and Easter egg bean bag toss.

There is no charge to participate in any of the Easter activities.

ESPN Wide World of Sports is proud to once again partner with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to host the 2012 MAAC Golf Championships at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course here at Walt Disney World® Resort, on April 27-29, 2012. The MAAC consists of 10 member institutions including: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola College (MD), Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s College and Siena Collage. The top men and women of their respective institutions will come together, on the same course as the pro’s, to compete in their conference championships. For more information about the MAAC, visit maacsports.com

2012 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships and World Age-Group Competition
April 16-22, 2012 * ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex * Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Performances will be at various times
Admission: $15.50 – $25.00

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the World’s best Acrobatic gymnasts perform routines that are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling and partner skills.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
HP Field House
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

48th Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival

On April 6th – 8th, 2012 the 48th Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival will be staged at the Cocoa Beach Pier and Shepard Park. Surfing Competitions will include events for Men, Women, Boys and Girls, from ages six to sixty. We have added a Men and Women’s Amateur Short board Division 25 to 45 years of age and the Future 6 Vertical Skate board Challenge to our schedule as we continue to move towards an all board event. We will continue the exciting Stand Up Paddleboard surfing event, and will award a Distinguished Easter Surfing Championship trophy to all winners (1st – 4th). Spectators will have a chance to learn Surfing And Skim Boarding via on site clinics, participate in celebrity signings, attend an Easter Egg hunt and listen to a daytime musical performance, enjoy evening entertainment with movies, Bands, parties, and experience a Sunrise Service at either site.

Central Florida Zoo

On April 23 & 24, 2011 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, enjoy a Hippity Hop Adventure along the adventure trail to find clues leading to the Easter Bunny. Win candy, prizes and surprises at Bunny Stops along the trail. Kids receive free bunny tails to wear. Enjoy free painting, crafts, magic and more. The event is free with a paid zoo admission.

Hip pity Hop pity Easter’s on its way……………..