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Ready to go rabbit hunting? Then let's begin the Disney World Bunny Hop

Ready to go rabbit hunting? Then let's begin the Disney World Bunny Hop

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Let me guess. You're slightly bummed that you didn't get to see the Easter Bunny (as well as the lovely Mrs. Bunny) when they made their short, seasonal visit to the Magic Kingdom this past weekend.


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Not to worry, though. If you're visiting The Walt Disney World Resort over Easter Week (more importantly, if you're armed with a Magic Your Way Park Hopper), you can find all kinds of rabbits this time of year. You just have to know where to look.


Tik Tok. The White Rabbit shows Ke$ha that it's now
time for the Disney World Bunny Hop to begin. Photo
by Gene Duncan. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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So where should we begin the Disney World Bunny Hop? How about at this Resort's premiere theme park, the Magic Kingdom. Where - if you'll check out that set of Disney character statues which have been placed around the Hub - you'll find Brer Rabbit.


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Mind you, Brer Rabbit is kind of hard to miss at the Magic Kingdom. Given that the walk-around version of this "Song of the South" character regularly makes appearances in Frontierland.


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Which is kind of understandable. Given that Brer Rabbit is the star of "Splash Mountain," one of the signature thrill rides at this WDW theme park.


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Which is why - as you wander around the Frontierland Station for the Walt Disney World Railroad - you'll find all sorts of rabbit-related statues ...


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... and signs directing to Splash Mountain's entrance.


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Brer Rabbit isn't the Magic Kingdom's only bunny by the way. Over in front of the Mad Tea Party, you'll find a topiary version of the March Hare from Disney's "Alice in Wonderland."


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And while - this year, anyway - you'll find a topiary version of Rabbit from "Winnie the Pooh" on display at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival ...


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... and while the walk-around version of this A.A. Milne character does occasionally make appearances in  parades through the Magic Kingdom ...


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... the very best place to spot Rabbit is inside of "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh."


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Though - while you're waiting to board this Fantasyland dark ride - be sure to check this recent interactive addition to the "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" queue area. Which allows you to pound out a tune on the fruits & veggie that Rabbit has grown in his garden.


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Now if you want to see Disney's oldest hare - as well as meet the newest bunny in the bunch - you need to drop by the Town Square Theater. Where - as you move through the queue and make your way to see Magician Mickey Mouse - you then find a poster promoting Oswald. Who used to be a Lucky Rabbit. But now that he's working with Mickey, Oswald seems to be a disappearing rabbit.


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And speaking of disappearing rabbits ... Once you actually get into Mickey's dressing room, keep a sharp eye out for a pair of rabbit ears sticking up out of a top hat. Based on how loudly the bunny inside of that magical hat is chewing his carrots ...


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... More importantly, given that Presto the Great has sent Mickey a "Have a Great Show" note ...


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... it would seem that the rabbit inside of that top hat is Alec Azam, the very hungry bunny which gave Presto the Great such a bad time in Pixar Animation Studios' 2008 short, "Presto."


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"But what about Thumper from 'Bambi,' ?" you ask. "Is there anywhere at Walt Disney World where I can find that rabbit?" Well, the walk-around version of Thumper does occasionally pop in the Magic Kingdom. But that's mostly for photo ops.


Penn Jillette tries to figure out how to pull Thumper out of a hat. Photo by
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If you'd seriously like to see this character from "Bambi" ... Well, this time of year, you can find a topiary version of Thumper inside of Bambi's Butterfly House. Which is one of the more charming walk-thru portions of this year's version of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.


Topiary version of Thumper, Bambi and Flower entertain Guests at
the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Photo by Gene
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Of course, if you're looking to get your picture taken with the walk-around version of Thumper, this "Bambi" character - along with his mate, Miss Bunny - can sometimes be found at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


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The only problem is ... These particular walk-around characters only appear at DAK on a seasonal basis. Typically Thumper & Miss Bunny will appear in that park around Easter as well as when Disney's Animal Kingdom is presenting its "Good Times Gathering Spot. Luckily, that particular character meet-n-greet program is being presented at that theme park now through Thursday, April 28th. So if you're visiting Walt Disney World during Easter Week and really want to meet Thumper & Miss Bunny, be sure and visit Animal Kingdom's Camp Minnie-Mickey area.

And while you're hunting for hares at DAK, be sure and check out that concrete rabbit that the Imagineers carved into the side of the Tree of Life.


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And speaking of rabbits & concrete ...


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... you can't talk about bunnies and the Walt Disney World Resort without mentioning Roger Rabbit.

Obviously, Roger right now isn't quite a big a star in the Disney firmament as he used to be back in the late 1980s / early 1990s. Back then, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts built parades ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... and stage shows around this crazy cartoon character.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Nowadays, Roger's presence at the WDW Resort is somewhat reduced. Oh, sure. You can still see his silhouette in that window at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


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Not to mention that super-sized version of Roger Rabbit that's on display in the 1980s section of Disney's Pop Century Resort.


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And given that there have been persistent rumors over the past year or so that Disney, Steven Spielberg & Robert Zemeckis are readying a "Roger Rabbit" sequel ... Well, maybe this bunny will be back bigger than never.

But - for now - if you're looking for more bunnies at Disney World ... Well, maybe a trip to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is in order. Where - just before dusk - this place is practically overrun by really-for-real rabbits.


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Or if you'd prefer to see a bunny during the daylight hours ... Maybe a stop at Disney World's brand-new Best Friends Pet Care center is in order. Located across from Disney's Port Orleans Resort, Best Friends Pet Care doesn't just board dogs & cats for WDW visitors. It also features a "Pocket Pet Room," which allows now Guests to bring their smaller animals - like the mini-Angora rabbit in the picture below - along on their Disney World vacations.


Best Friends associate Jackie Cunningham cuddles Mr. Bunny, a mini-Angora, in the
Pocket Pet Room. Photo by Garth Vaughan. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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That's pretty much every rabbit that you'll find on Walt Disney World property during Easter Week. Which you can visit by making use of a Magic Your Way Park Hopper. And if you're looking to pick up that particular admissions material ... Well, I know some folks who can help you out.

 

 

If on the other hand, you really, really, REALLY have your heart set on seeing the Easter Bunny while you're vacationing in Orlando this week ... Well, then you probably hop on over to the Universal Orlando Resort. Where the characters from Universal Pictures & Illumination Entertainment's hit animated feature, "Hop" (to be specific, E.B. and members of the Pink Berets) will continue to meet-and-greet with visitors at Universal Studios Florida at least for the next few weeks.


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Anyway ... That's a pretty definitive list of all the rabbits & bunnies that you can find in Orlando's theme parks over Easter Week. Did I miss any of your favorites? If so, tell JHM where this character is and we'll then add them to the Disney World Bunny Hop list.

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