Walt Disney World’s horticulturalists, staff and chefs decorate the holidays!

There are over 600 horticulturalists (including gardeners, arborists, irrigation specialists and pest management specialists) at Disney World and they have been busy getting Disney World set for the holidays!

The Magic Kingdom does the holidays © Britt Conley
The Magic Kingdom does the holidays © Britt Conley

At the main entrance of the Magic Kingdom are the famous floral designs which welcome guests.  For the holidays, Mickey has been turned into a Christmas ornament and Disney has been kind enough to give us a time-lapse overview of the transformation in the video below. “With elf-like efficiency, Disney landscapers across two November nights transform the famous Mickey Mouse face at the front of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort into a festive Mickey- shaped holiday ornament.”

So, what else have all these horticulturalists been up to?

Magic Kingdom's horticulture display © Britt Conley
Magic Kingdom's horticulture display © Britt Conley

Just unpacking their ornaments is a Herculean task. In all, they must unload 150 tractor-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations to transform sunny Orlando into a winter wonderland!

The Animal Kingdom tree is fantastic! © Britt Conley
The Animal Kingdom tree is fantastic! © Britt Conley

The decor is so diverse!  Each park and resort has it’s own unique look and ambiance.  At the Animal Kingdom, the theme is festive with animals while the Magic Kingdom features traditional wreaths and displays!

Another great wreath at the Magic Kingdom © Britt Conley
Another great wreath at the Magic Kingdom © Britt Conley

Of course the decorations don’t stop at the wreaths and trees, there are also holiday florals about.  You just have to take a look around!

Holiday flowers colors planted in fun stripes © Britt Conley
Holiday flowers colors planted in fun stripes © Britt Conley

At Epcot the holiday topiary are a character welcome!

Mickey and Minnie topiary © Britt Conley
Mickey and Minnie topiary © Britt Conley

It’s clear Disney’s magicians take decorating Goofy seriously.

Goofy topiary! © Britt Conley
Goofy topiary! © Britt Conley

Miles of garland have been strung and thousands of wreaths hung throughout the parks.

Ribbons and ornaments are everywhere at the Animal Kingdom © Britt Conley
Ribbons and ornaments are everywhere at the Animal Kingdom © Britt Conley

Disney’s best have also been putting up 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows over those Christmas trees and wreaths!

Wreaths at the Animal Kingdom © Britt Conley
Wreaths at the Animal Kingdom © Britt Conley

The amazing Magic Kingdom Christmas tree is so large it has a 26 foot base!

The Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree © Britt Conley
The Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree © Britt Conley

Wreaths at Hollywood Studios feature stars. Of course they do.

A wreath at Hollywood Studios © Britt Conley
A wreath at Hollywood Studios © Britt Conley

About 737 trees throughout Walt Disney World have been decorated.

The main tree at Epcot is draped in both ornaments and flowers! © Britt Conley
The main tree at Epcot is draped in both ornaments and flowers! © Britt Conley

My favorite tree can be found at Walt Disney World’s Pop Century resort!

And where was this breathtaking tinsel stunner? In the food court. I love this place.

My favorite tree of the season is here at Disney World's Pop Century Resort © Britt Conley
Disney World's Pop Century Resort © Britt Conley

They have strung up 8.5 million lights throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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Decorating 11 countries at Epcot for the holidays had to be quite the task!

Here, Italy has been garnished with garland! © Britt Conley
Here, Italy has been garnished with garland! © Britt Conley

On top of all this, they also strung up 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…see  http://thephotogardenbee.com/2009/12/26/disney-worlds-the-osborne-family-spectacle-of-lights/ for the full photo package!

The Osborne Family Lights © Britt Conley
The Osborne Family Lights © Britt Conley

Here at the Grand Floridian, Disney touts, “pastry chefs created the 16-foot-high dream house with 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, and 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze”, which took at total of 160 hours of decorating!

Victorian gingerbread house is in place for the holidays © Britt Conley
Victorian gingerbread house is in place for the holidays © Diana Zalucky

Disney’s employees (or Cast members as they call them) do a wonderful job. For them, it’s all about helping put together the most amazing and magical holiday experience possible for each and every guest.  Having been one of their guests this past week, it’s an honor to take to so much pleasure in all that they’ve done.  Thank you to everyone involved!

Blue and Silver trees at Epcot © Britt Conley
Blue and Silver trees adorn the Epcot stage © Britt Conley

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve and this Bee is home with a head cold. It has been great seeing what all the gardens have been doing for the holidays.  There is still time to see more.  Many of these events are still going through this weekend and even until next weekend at some places.  I have so much more I could post about the holidays at Disney but will wait until next year.  Tomorrow I’m sharing an overview of the first Photo Garden Bee Tour!  And then were spending a few days seeing the whole reason why this Bee headed to Disney as part of the tour: The Hydroponics Garden!

Til tomorrow,

Have a fantastic New Year!!!!!!!!!!

Britt : )

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