1. Roughly, how many Christmas trees decorate the Walt Disney World property each year?
- 1,500 – Having just spent a week in Walt Disney World, I can honestly say it feels as if beautiful, dazzling holiday trees can be found everywhere! In fact, for my family, one of the most enjoyable experiences of our trip was taking in all the intricate decorations artistically decorating each tree. Some of our favorite trees were found in the Walt Disney World Resorts. My personal favorite is found at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This tranquil and rustic Christmas tree sits in the heart of the lobby and can be viewed from many different angles. Antlers, ribbon, homespun animals, white lights, and Native American inspired ornaments decorate this tree. My husband preferred Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa‘s gentle Victorian inspired tree complete with detailed faux birds and other era appropriate baubles.
2. Much like Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, the Holiday Services Warehouse at Walt Disney World is constantly buzzing with work 365 days a year. How large is the Holiday Services Warehouse?
- 80,000 square feet
- 63,000 square feet
- 54,000 square feet – The amazing Holiday Services Warehouse is home to 25 full time Cast Members who are responsible for decorating and helping to install all the Christmas magic at Walt Disney World. Guests looking to see more of the Holiday Services Warehouse can book a spot on the Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy backstage tour. This three hour behind the scenes tour (insert corny Gilligan’s Island joke) costs $99 per adult and includes an in-depth look and quick tour of the Holiday Services Warehouse, a trip to Epcot to explore the holiday traditions around the world, and a stop at Main Street, U.S.A. This is one of the more memorable tours in which I have participated, and I will forever remember walking through the Holiday Services Home Depot like warehouse filled with aisle and aisle of themed Christmas ornaments (organized by resort, land, or theme park). If you are interested in booking this limited engagement tour call 407-939-8687.
3. Roughly, how many poinsettias are used to decorate Walt Disney World property?
- 100,000 – The Christmas Star or Poinsettia is a flower truly steeped in Mexican Christmas tradition. From it’s origin story to the color and shape of the petals, everything about this flower says Christmas. Therefore, it’s only fitting that poinsettias play a large roll in the holiday decorations at Walt Disney World. 25,000 of the 100,000 poinsettias that grace Walt Disney World property can be found at the Magic Kingdom theme park. One of the most amazing statistics is that the beautiful hanging floral balls of poinsettias require an average of 30 to 40 plants!!
4. How many bright LED Dream Lights adorn Cinderella Castle?
- 200,000 – In A Frozen Holiday Wish at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the beloved characters from Frozen take to the castle forecourt stage to bring a very special magical show to guests. Filled with heart warming dialogue, well placed jokes and jaw dropping special effects, Elsa uses her icy powers to decorate Cinderella’s Castle in shimmering ice. Using an estimated 200,000 LED Dream Lights, 500 of which are strobe lights, the castle truly does look as if it has been draped in delicate icicles. To achieve this illuminating feat, over 32,000 square feet of fish netting, dyed to match the castle’s colors, and 15 miles of cables are utilized. I wonder if when one light goes out, they all do – just like my own Christmas lights!
5. On average, how tall is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort‘s signature holiday Gingerbread House?
- 12 feet
- 20 feet
- 16 feet – The Grand Floridian Resort’s Gingerbread House is a true confectionery marvel and one of my absolute must dos when visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays. Standing at 16 feet high and 17 feet wide, this Gingerbread House takes 10 men over 6 days and 60 sheets of plywood to complete the base structure. According to the Disney Parks Blog, 1,050 pounds of honey, 800 pounds of flour, and 400 hours of baking are just some of the ingredients that go into making this delicious holiday house.
6. How many Hidden Mickeys can be found in this year’s gingerbread display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort? **Correction: Thank you James D. for reminding me that they are Hidden Olafs not Hidden Mickeys!**
- 16 – Look for the silver Olaf silhouettes found throughout the gingerbread, sugar, and chocolate Frozen themed display found at Contemporary’s Grand Canyon Concourse.
(Photo from author’s personal collection)
Erin Stough has always loved Disney, but the magic of the parks truly captured her imagination during a mother-daughter trip in 2001. The obsession began and Erin hasn’t looked back! When she isn’t devouring Disney related books, Erin spends time with her wonderful (and patient) husband and super pup Milo.