Things You Might Not Know About Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

'it's a small world' Holiday at Disneyland Resort

The holidays are here, and that means Santa Claus, snowmen, twinkling lights and bulb-covered garland have taken over! You might know your favorite sweet treat or holiday-themed attraction, but here are a few things about Holidays at the Disneyland Resort you might not know:

  • The Disneyland Christmas tree in Town Square stands 60 feet tall and has 280,000 pine-tip branches. It is decorated with more than 2,000 ornaments, including the three-foot star on top, and nearly 4,800 energy-efficient LED lights.
  • When Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle show reaches its finale, more than 60,000 LED lights and 1,200 strobe lights combine to create the effect.
  • Each performance of “A Christmas Fantasy” parade features 105 performers, 18 float drivers and 12 musicians. With daily parade performances, it takes approximately 200 performers to stage the parade during the holiday season.
  • Decorators use 50,000 Christmas lights on the façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday, and an additional 200,000 mini-lights in the trees, hedges and topiaries surrounding the attraction.
  • The graveyard in the Haunted Mansion Holiday finale is covered with 7,500 square feet of snow. Trees in the graveyard are decked out with 1,000 tiny orange lights.

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  • This doesn’t relate to Disneyland during the holiday’s, but awhile back you posted about Fantasy Faire taking over the Plaza Gardens(the pictures looked great and it sounded like a great addition to Fantasyland), but still no construction has started and I though it was to start back in September?

    • Hi Frankie – We’re in touch with our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering about this project and will have updates as they develop here on the Disney Parks Blog. Stay tuned!

  • I will be there next month. Cant wait to see every single light. 🙂

  • Also, every year there is alternates for just about every show that the goes on and every night no matter what the wheater, it does snow on Main Street and at its a small world!.

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