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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
And don’t forget about the Cast Members that create all of the amazing Gingerbread displays.
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.
And for more Disney Christmas in July fun head over to This Happy Place Blog.