Disneyland Resort Horticulture and Resort Enhancement – Fun Facts

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At the Disneyland Resort, stories grow from the ground up — literally. From carefully manicured flowers on Main Street, U.S.A., to desert plants in Cars Land, the landscape is part of the detail that tells the “story” of each land in the parks. More than 3,000 species of plants indigenous to 40 nations grow at the Disneyland Resort, making it one of the most extensive and diverse botanical locales in the western United States. The Horticulture and Resort Enhancement team manages the landscape plus the annual addition of seasonal décor for Halloween and Holidays.

  • The landscape panorama at the Disneyland Resort includes approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs.
  • Each year, approximately 500 hanging baskets are displayed, featuring seasonal plants and flowers.
  • Adding to the whimsy, 25 topiary animal and characters live at the Disneyland Resort (21 at Disneyland Park, one at Disney California Adventure Park and three at the Disneyland Hotel).
  • Nearly 1 million annuals are planted each year at the Disneyland Resort, adding color and vibrancy to the décor.
  • The forest canopy in the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland Park, stretches more than 100 feet tall.
  • The Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” at the Disneyland entrance is planted up to eight times a year. This flowerbed, a popular photo location, features approximately 5,300 annuals in the face and 2,000 on the sides for a total of nearly 58,400 plants per year.
  • More than 80 miles of landscape irrigation pipe run underground, keeping the focus on the plants and florals.
  • Disneyland Resort has more than 100 “hero trees” which are trees that have historical significance to the Resort, some of which were in the original landscapes at Disneyland.
  • The oldest living tree at the Disneyland Resort is a Stone Pine that is approximately three feet tall. Guests will spot this tree, which is more than 150 years old, as they cruise on the Storybook Land Canal Boats.
  • Drought-tolerant plants can be found throughout the Disneyland Resort and make up a vast majority of the landscape in several lands and attractions, including Cars Land, Frontierland, Autopia and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • The Horticulture and Resort Enhancement teams create four seasonal overlays (winter, spring, summer, fall) during the year.
  • The Resort Enhancement window display team creates seasonal overlays for more than 160 windows around the resort. The window display team is also responsible for approximately 2,000 artificial floral arrangements, 20,000 props in 64 stores, and 12,000 props in 32 food locations.
  • The Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., stands 60 feet above ground and five feet below ground. It is assembled in November each year, with approximately 1,200 branches; 250,000 pine tip ends; 2,000 ornaments; 800 handmade bows; 4,800 multi-colored LED lights; 70,000 white mini LED lights; and 1,200 strobes.
  • During the holiday season at Disneyland Resort, cast members decorate with nearly 200 trees, 320 wreaths and 8,000 feet of garland. Nearly 10,000 poinsettias and 10,000 cyclamen are installed around the resort for additional festive decoration.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland transforms to become the Pumpkin Festival every autumn, with hundreds of pumpkins on display, no two of them the same.
  • Approximately 80% of the cast members of the Horticulture and Resort Enhancement team work shifts that begin when Disneyland Resort closes, allowing them to plant, trim, decorate and work their magic before guests arrive.

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