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My Disney Dream Job – Disney’s Holiday Services Warehouse

July 11, 2013

Christmas in July

There are two things that you should know about me. First, (which you have probably already figured out) I LOVE Disney. Second, I LOVE Christmas. When you combine the two I get so giddy it can become obnoxious. A few years ago I was watching HGTV a special came on about the holidays at Disney and what they do to prepare. In that hour I found my dream job, a Cast Member at Disney’s Holiday Services Warehouse.

Holidays at the Magic Kingdom

I was in awe. There are 25 Cast Members that work year round on all of the decorations for the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. I think we should just call them what they really are, elves!

Christmas Tree at Disney's Animal Kingom

The numbers have probably changed some but these Cast Members prepare 1300 trees, 1300 wreaths, 15 miles garland, and 300,000 miles of ribbon. The warehouse stores hundreds of thousands custom ornaments and there is an entire room dedicated to just to ribbon. Amazing.

Holidays at Epcot

I think it would be so much fun to create all of these decorations. Everything is custom and themed so that it matches where it will be located. It would be so awesome to go from working on a Christmas tree that is going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and then turn around and begin working on something that will make its home at the Grand Floridian.

Christmas Tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Once all of these decorations are ready, Cast Members work all night putting them in the parks and resorts. I told you they were elves!

Christmas Tree at Hollywood Studios

Of course the holiday magic isn’t just limited to the Cast Members at the warehouse. Disney horticulturalists work year round preparing the poinsettias and other live plants that will be displayed.

Mickey & Minnie Holiday Topiaries

And don’t forget about the Cast Members that create all of the amazing Gingerbread displays.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

If you would like to get into the holiday spirit, you can view the entire HGTV program that I mentioned here. You can also check out a condensed version of how they prepare for the holidays from Disney Parks below.

It really is amazing how Disney pulls everything together. I really do hope I can be apart of that magic someday. Do you have a Disney dream job? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

And for more Disney Christmas in July fun head over to This Happy Place Blog.

  • Cap Magical Memories (@CapMagicalMem)
    July 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I am with you. This would be awesome.

  • thisprincessruns
    July 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    It’s like reading my diary – I dream of working for Disney’s Holiday Services! Disney + Christmas + preparation/organization/planning on a massive scale = dream job. Thanks for the HGTV links – I’ll definitely enjoy rewatching the special as part of my own celebration of Christmas in July!

    • Melissa
      July 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      I’m happy to hear someone shares my dream! 🙂

  • Natalie Keller Reinert
    July 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I was a personalizer at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. Talk about your dream Christmas job… painting custom Christmas ornaments in the Magic Kingdom! I loved, loved, loved that job… and I still make my Christmas money by painting ornaments and selling them in local boutiques and on Etsy, so it was a useful skill to learn! Thanks Disney!

    • Melissa
      July 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      That sounds like an awesome job too!