Celebrate the Season With These Festive Walt Disney World Fun Facts
The Holiday Season has officially arrived at Walt Disney World. Visitors over the next few months will be blown away by the incredible sits, sounds and flavors transforming each of the theme parks and resorts into a wonderland. However, it’s easy to overlook just how grand these preparations really are! That’s why we here at MickeyBlog are excited to share with you a few Holiday Fun facts showing you just how impressive Disney World’s Holiday Celebrations really are! For instance, did you know:
- The Walt Disney World Holiday Services team provides decor for 780 locations within 41 different properties, including Disney theme parks, resorts, recreation and shopping areas. The team also decorates Disney Cruise Line ships and Disney Vacation Club resorts in Florida and North Carolina.
- 41 cast members work year-round to make the holiday transformation a reality, with an additional 90 cast members added during the installation period.
- Decor installation begins Halloween night and is finished by Thanksgiving.
The Christmas Trees of Walt Disney Word:
- Did you know there are 29 iconic trees on display at Walt Disney World over the holidays? They range in size from a modest 15 to over 70 feet tall. You can find them at all four theme parks, select resorts and Disney Springs.
- The tallest tree during the holidays comes in at an impressive 70 feet tall. You’ll find it at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The tree is adorned with 16,00 lights and over 200 custom-made ornaments.
- There are 596 smaller trees on the grounds ranging from 2 to 14 feet at other areas across Walt Disney World.
Decorations Around the Theme Parks:
- You may have heard about the holiday fun will coming to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year. Decorations include a 10-foot-tall Hamm sugar cookie at Woody’s Lunch Box, green alien ornaments near the entrance to Alien Swirling Saucers and much more.
- Magic Kingdom Park is adorned with 590 garlands (measuring a total of 5,188 feet), 40 trees and 147
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays includes 12 holiday kitchens serving more than 50 bites from around the world.
- The Candlelight Processional will be performed 117 times at Epcot this holiday season. The first year performances will occur on Thanksgiving!
- At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Gertie the Dinosaur is dressed up for the season. Her Santa hat is so big, four people could stand inside it!
- Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes 12 high-definition projectors used to transform the outside of the Hollywood Tower Hotel into a scenic holiday backdrop. The 21 palm trees along Sunset Boulevard feature color-changing LED fixtures.
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, almost all lighting decor is LED. The theme park uses 25,000 C-7 shape LEDs and 40,000 mini-LEDs. This park is also home decorated with up to 331 garlands.
- Disney Springs is the place to be for holiday shopping at Walt Disney World. It’s also the largest of all of the decorated Disney locations, with more than 2,000 individual decorations, including a 45-foot-tall tree.
- Each piece of decoration was custom designed to fit the feel of a classic Florida town that carries throughout the entirety of Disney Springs.
- Disney Springs is also home to the Christmas Tree Trail, a walkthrough wonderland featuring 27 unique Disney trees that include new themes this year such as Toy Story and The Haunted Mansion.
Holiday Cheer at the Resorts:
- This year marks the 20th anniversary of the classic gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The life-size house is made from more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread and requires 560 hours to construct (400 hours to bake and160 hours to decorate). Located inside is The Bake Shop – the perfect place to pick up some sweet holiday treats.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to a 45-foot-tall iconic tree featuring authentic African decor and reproductions of traditional African masks.
Other Noteworthy Christmas Offerings:
- A storyteller on a stage between the France and Morocco pavilions at Epcot will tell the Hanukkah story during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
- Kwanzaa will be incorporated into performances of JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season through Dec. 25. Beginning Dec. 26, the group will perform a full Kwanzaa show. The JOYFUL! vocal ensemble performs uplifting gospel, R&B and holiday songs daily at the Future World Fountain stage in Epcot.
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through storytelling and music presented throughout World Showcase.
We hope we’ve given you a sense of all of the magic that awaits Holiday visitors at Walt Disney World! There’s still time to plan your destination Christmas. Fill out our form below to receive your FREE, no-obligation quote with MickeyTravels.
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