Chocolate Easter Egg Art at the Grand Floridian Resort
I always enjoy touring the deluxe resorts during the Christmas holidays, everything looks so beautiful and the amazing chocolate and gingerbread works of art are the icing on the cake (almost literally). I was excited to find out that during our last minute Easter weekend trip the Grand Floridian would have a display of chocolate Easter eggs created by the Grand Floridian Bakery Team. The egg display was not nearly as elaborate as the Christmas decorations, but was a welcome addition to our Easter non-park activities. This was the second year of the display at the Grand Floridian. The décor of the Grand Floridian’s lobby has a Spring-like Easter feel to it anyway, and accompanied by the orchestra playing in the gallery it was a lovely setting.
The variety of eggs represented Disney films, characters and theme park attractions, along with more generic spring and Easter scenes. The eggs are made of hollow chocolate weighing 9-12 pounds and are 16-20 inches tall (I can’t imagine the size of the bunny that had to carry those around). The eggs are entirely edible, embellished with fondant, royal icing, modeling chocolate, sugar floral, colored cocoa butter, and sculpted sugar art pieces. Cast members spent three weeks creating these.
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The elaborate designs showed amazing artistry. There were finely painted pieces like this Snow White egg:
And this one of Brave (I just love those triplets):
I loved this adorable Storybook Circus set of eggs with sculpted embellishments:
But my favorite eggs were the ones with the open insides revealing an elaborate scene complete with lighting:
Of course, the character eggs like this Mickey Mouse and this Cinderella were a lot of fun too, with lots of details to find around them (like the other characters represented on the small eggs around the base of the Mickey egg):
I knew about the Grand Floridian eggs before we traveled to Walt Disney World, and it was part of my plan to make it over to see them. I was surprised to see chocolate eggs also on display in the check-in area of the Contemporary Resort’s lobby as well. These eggs weren’t given the same stage as the Grand Floridian, but they were also a nice touch of Disney Easter. It was a happy surprise to find them there!
My hat is off to the artists who created these gorgeous eggs. I hope that this is a tradition that will continue at the Grand Floridian, and perhaps other deluxe resorts making them just as fun to visit over the Easter holiday as they are at Christmas time. Unfortunately the eggs at the Grand Floridian were only on display through April 2, but hopefully they will return next year for other Easter visitors to enjoy.