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Eight festive facts about Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

It’s the merriest time of year at the most magical place on earth, so to celebrate the season, here are eight festive facts about Walt Disney World’s holiday décor, which makes the entire resort even more magical than usual.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

Counting down eight festive facts about Walt Disney World’s holiday décor:

#8 – The installation of Walt Disney World’s holiday décor begins Halloween night, and the resort is entirely decorated by Thanksgiving. The “elves” who make this holiday magic happen are the Holiday Services Team, which is made up of 50 year-round cast members and up to 90 additional seasonal cast members who join the team each holiday season.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

How Walt Disney World is Decorated for the Holidays

#7 – The Holiday Services Team maintains, installs, and removes more than 40,000 individual pieces of décor each year across 780 locations at 41 properties, including Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resort hotels, Disney Cruise Line ships, and more.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

#6 – Of all the Walt Disney World Resort locations decorated for the holidays, Disney Springs has the most décor, with nearly 2,000 individual pieces, including trees, garlands, ornaments, and other festive touches.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

#5 – Nearly 5,000 garlands are hung throughout Walt Disney World; if placed end-to-end, they’d stretch almost nine miles. But that’s not all! One thousand seven hundred wreaths are also installed across the resort each year.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

#4 – The life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is created by Disney pastry chefs from more than 10,000 individual pieces of gingerbread. This year’s house has 23 hidden Mickeys, one for each year the delicious holiday house has been on display.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

#3 – There are 29 “Icon Trees” at Walt Disney Resort, all between 15 and 70 feet tall, with an additional 596 trees ranging from two to 14 feet tall. The stars and toppers for Walt Disney Resort trees can be up to seven feet wide and weigh more than 200 pounds. 

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

#2 – All the Christmas trees throughout the resort combined feature more than 12,000 branches and are made from more than 110 tons of steel. Plus, it takes more than 15,000 oversized ornaments and 260,000 lights to decorate them all.

mickey head ornament

#1 – The largest Christmas tree at Walt Disney World resort is the 70-foot-tall tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which weighs more than 33,000 pounds and has 1,200 individual branches. The Contemporary Resort tree is decorated with 16,000 lights and more than 200 custom light-up ornaments.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor

Now that you know our eight festive facts about Walt Disney World’s holiday décor, all of us at Attractions wish you and your families a merry and magical holiday season and a happy new year.

Walt Disney World’s holiday décor
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