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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on November 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like a Disney Christmas

Sometimes the thought of decorating for the holidays can be a bit overwhelming.  Just imagine if your job was to decorate Walt Disney World Resort.  It takes miles of garland, ribbon, twinkling lights and glitter to magically transform the vacation kingdom into a winter wonderland.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase

Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase

150 tractor-trailer truckloads of decorations are needed for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks and Downtown Disney to achieve that special holiday glow.  Throughout the property there are:

  • 737 decorated trees with 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draped around them
  • 15 miles of garland
  • 1,314 wreaths
  • 8.5 million lights strung around the Resort with 98% of the lighting LED

Each of the theme parks will be decorated in their own special way to make the holidays extra bright. At Epcot’s World Showcase, 11 countries will be dressed up for Holidays Around the World, while at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 10 miles of twinkling rope lights will adorn the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

The  tree at the Magic Kingdom has a base that is 26 feet wide and only during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is there 100 percent chance of snow, in Florida!

No one can miss the  wreath, 25 feet in diameter, on the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney’s West Side.  To keep guests in the holiday spirit, Disney’s Days of Christmas Shop is open 365 days a year.

On one of our Disney excursions during the holiday season, I was amazed and delighted by the poinsettias that were planted on the grounds by the landscapers.  What a gorgeous sight.

The decorators aren’t the only ones that are busy this time of the year as the Disney World pastry chefs baked up six life-size creations including the 16-foot tall gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a gingerbread carousel with chocolate and fondant ponies.

So this year when I whine about the one tree we decorate or the 6 dozen cookies I have to bake for the neighborhood cookie exchange, I will recall this massive undertaking and gladly hum Jingle Bells all the way!

Photo Selections: WDW News

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