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Disneyland Article
What To Know About Holiday Landscaping

It's A Small World Holiday
Orange County Register
Marla Jo Fisher
November 06, 2019
November 10, 2019
As thousands of people flood into the Disneyland Resort to enjoy the holiday decorations, it’s hard to remember that this was once considered the slow season — a time when people were too busy shopping and cooking to think about theme parks.

But that was before the company made a massive investment in holiday fun, including over-the-top lighting and decorations. Crews bring in 300 extra trees to spread around the resort, along with some 10,000 poinsettias and 10,000 cyclamen. The decor magically appears in early November – shortly after Halloween – and stays up until Jan. 6 each year.

Though they mostly work behind the scenes – watering, trimming and planting – the resort employs squadrons of landscapers to tend to some 100,000 flowering plants, shrubs and trees.

In fact, horticultural designers start planning for the following year as soon as everything goes up for this one, including ordering supplies and creating decorations for the coming year’s installation.

Here’s what you can expect to see…


Few people can miss the Mickey Mouse portrait in flowers at the park’s entrance. It’s dolled up with more than 7,000 plants to greet the season.

The first thing you see when you walk through the tunnels into the park is the 60-foot-high artificial Christmas tree on Main Street decorated with 1,500 Victorian-themed ornaments and 100 electric candles. At one time, real trees were used, but as the holiday season got longer and longer, it made sense to switch to artificial. The tree is erected in three parts using a crane one night in early November. The Christmas tree stands 60 feet above ground and five feet below ground. It has approximately 1,200 branches, 250,000 pine tip ends, 800 handmade bows, 4,800 multi-colored LED lights, 70,000 white mini LED lights and 1,200 strobes.

Along Main Street, U.S.A., storefronts, lampposts and rooftops are wrapped in wreaths and garland. The exterior of Main Street, U.S.A. features approximately 220 garlands, measuring more than four miles long, with approximately 80 wreaths and 120 bows bringing the season to life.

Mickey’s Toontown has its own distinctive ‘toon trees and decorations to show off the characters’ personalities.

It takes three dozen people some 35 days each year to turn the iconic ride into It’s a Small World Holiday, including 350,000 miniature lights in the trees, hedges and animal topiaries.

Disney California Adventure Park

At the entrance along Buena Vista Street, a 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle. The tree and surrounding buildings are decorated with vintage-style ornaments in keeping with the theme of Buena Vista Street, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920’s.

Wreaths and lights decorate Cars Land and Radiator Springs, with decorations that reflect the unique personalities of the “Cars” characters who live there.

Disney Festival of Holidays also features seasonal décor throughout the festival, which celebrates diverse cultural festivities of Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day.

Hotels of the Disneyland Resort + Downtown Disney District

The shopping and entertainment district, as well as the hotels, feature twinkling lights, ornaments and special displays.

Want some tips for decorating at home? The Resort Enhancement team at the Disneyland Resort suggests the following:

Go to a local Christmas tree lot and ask for extra pieces of greenery. Arrange the greenery in a circle on a table and place a pillar candle in the middle. Then add a few ornaments, and you’ve made yourself a holiday centerpiece. Not only will it look great, but it will also add natural fragrance to your room!

Fill assorted apothecary jars with colorful Christmas candy. Customize plain pillar candles with colorful ribbon trim, wrapped around their bases.

Fill a bowl with pinecones, acorns, and greenery. This is a simple way to make a beautiful holiday centerpiece!

Dress up inexpensive garland with artificial berries and pinecones and then place on top of a mirror.

Place a wreath on top of a table and put a pillar candle in the middle to create an easy centerpiece. Add battery powered fairy lights to give it an extra glow!

Holiday candles throughout your home will appeal to another sense and provide that extra touch.

Always remember, safety first! Don’t leave candles burning unattended. Better yet, use realistic flameless flickering candles!
Attractions Referenced

It's A Small World Holiday

Lands Referenced

Main Street U.S.A.

Toon Town

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