Orange Bird, Princess Tiana, and More Beloved Characters Spotted at This Disney Resort

Seeing Disney characters is just one part of what makes a trip to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” so special, whether it be at meet and greet locations, character dining experiences, or even on favorite attractions. Disney characters are at the heart of the whole experience, so you may even find them hiding in plain sight (like Hidden Mickeys) or as the inspiration for iconic snacks and souvenirs.

Sometimes characters can pop up in unexpected places, adding all the more magic to your trip to Disney World. These unexpected sightings often come at special events and seasonal celebrations, and some of the latest character updates have arrived at a popular deluxe Resort ahead of this year’s Easter holiday.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Each year, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa celebrates Easter with a packed display of handmade Easter eggs by the Resort’s pastry team for Guests to see in the lobby. During the event, the Resort features an adorable cottage where Guests can purchase sweets to snack on during their visit.

The eggs themselves feature all kinds of Disney-inspired artwork which often include characters, movie references, architectural details, and even theme park attractions. Disney just took to Instagram to showcase some of this year’s Easter eggs, which include such iconic characters as Orange Bird, Princess Tiana, and more.

Orange Bird

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Orange Bird has been a beloved character at the Walt Disney World Resort for decades, though his appearances have been few and far between in recent years with the character mainly popping up in the form of merchandise. Outside of the Grand Floridian, Orange Bird is the star of the Citrus Blossom located inside the Odyssey building at this year’s EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

The Princess and the Frog (2009) has had an understated presence at Walt Disney World, with Tiana showing up in character meet and greets and select shows and events since the film debuted. This is about to change, when Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens next year on the site formerly occupied by Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland. Ahead of the attraction’s opening, we will likely see more nods to the film pop up around the Resort, including one of the most stunning Easter eggs this spring at the Grand Floridian:

The Princess and the Frog Easter Egg, Princess Tiana

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Other displays in the Resort’s lobby this spring include eggs inspired by Bambi (1942), Alice in Wonderland (1951), The Sword in the Stone (1963), and My Neighbor Totoro (1988), just to name a few. Kevin from Disney and Pixar’s Up! (2009) is another highlight of this year’s display, and a welcome face as this character is otherwise only seen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Easter eggs and the Grand Cottage are all on display now through at least Easter, which falls on April 9, 2023. Disney typically keeps the Easter egg displays up for a few days after the holiday, so if you have a Disney vacation coming up this month or next, be sure to stop by the grand Floridian to check them out!

Easter Eggs Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is just a short monorail, boat, bus ride, or walk away from Magic Kingdom Park, making it an easy place to take a break from the theme parks for lunch, dinner, and to check out the seasonal festivities. Grab your camera, and enjoy!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."