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Behind the Scenes: Mickey Pumpkin Magic at Disneyland Paris

posted on October 28th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you’ve hopped on a boat at Epcot’s Living with the Land attraction you may have seen a cool Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkin or two. This Halloween season, you can’t miss them at Disneyland Paris – it’s the first ever crop created especially for the park. And today we’re sharing a look at how it was done.

Europe’s largest pumpkin grower David Bowman grew the special crop for Disneyland Paris using a seed variety called Cinderella (yes, that’s the real name). This year, he’s been working to grow Mickey pumpkins so good people think they’re fake.

The Mickey Mouse silhouette was created using a specially-designed mold, which was fitted to the pumpkins in the early stages of growth. The pumpkins grew until they filled the moulds and were then left to ripen, turning from dark green to the ripe, vibrant orange.

Behind The Scenes: Mickey Pumpkin Magic at Disneyland Paris

David grows more than three million pumpkins each year on almost 500 acres of land but says this is a pumpkin first for him. He calls this a really good crop of Mickey pumpkins for the world to enjoy at the park’s Halloween Festival this weekend.

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Kari on October 28th, 2011 at 9:42 am

Can I buy a pumpkin mold to grow my own?


Jackie from WA on October 28th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I absolutely LOVE seeing the Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkins at EPCOT! We have Cinderella pumpkins at our house and I love them! How fabulous that they have them combined for Disneyland Paris! One year we’re going to have to make it out there to see them!


Paul on October 31st, 2011 at 9:14 am

Please, please, please tell us where we can order those pumpkin molds. Special order, premium pricing, it doesn’t matter, I just gotta have one!!! I’ve thought long and hard for many years on how to make one and haven’t been successful. I’ll even beg for them – again. Please, please, please tell us where we can order those pumpkin molds.