Christmas Decorations at Walt Disney World

IMG_0397_2Christmas is one of the best and busiest times of the year at Walt Disney World. It contains some of the most beautiful decor, spectacular events, and magical experiences of the whole year. Starting as soon as Halloween is over in November, 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations are brought into the 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney, 34 resorts, and more.

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IMG_0377_2_2You think putting up one tree and a couple of wreaths at your house is a lot of work? Well Disney has 8.5 million lights, 1,360 trees, 15 miles of garland, and 1,300 wreaths. All varied in size, the largest wreath is 25′ in diameter, and the tree in the Contemporary resort’s lobby is 70 feet tall containing over 35,000 lights. 

Cinderella Castle is gorgeously draped with 200,000 white LED lights. They are attached to over 40,000 square feet of fishing nets dyed to match the colors of the castle and 18 miles of electric cable connect it all together and are also dyed to match the colors of the castle. You’d expect such an enormous amount of lights to use an enormous supply of power right? Actually, it uses in the equivalent of what it takes to run 3 clothes dryers!

300,000 yards of ribbon of ribbon are used as well. Just to put that in perspective, if you unrolled all the ribbon along the route of the WDW Half-Marathon, you would have to run it 13 times to see all of the it!

There are 6 life-sized eatable creations around Walt Disney World every year, including the Grand Floridian’s 16 foot tall gingerbread house (shown below) and a carousel at the Beach Club Resort. The house contains 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices, and over 160 hours of decorating.



Another thing I love about Christmas at Walt Disney World is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Hollywood Studios. There are 16 million light combos, which would be 2 for every NYC resident! If you don’t know the story behind this show, I definitely recommend checking out the link in the homework below! 

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Since 1983, the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade has been aired every year except the when a “Santa Tracking” Special was aired on Christmas Eve in 2000. Most of the show usually is tapped late November/ early December, though it used to broadcast live when it aired on CBS from 1983- the early 90s. Will you be watching this year?

Just because you may be on Christmas vacation, I still have homework for you! 😉 I hope you have a Merry Christmas and happy happy new year! 



Jim Hill Media: How the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights made its way from Arkansas to Walt Disney World

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