Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Topiary Engineer

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI

When we set out to film an “Every Role a Starring Role” about the talented team who cares for the topiaries of the Disneyland Resort, the words “topiary engineer” did not come to mind right away – at least for me! Turns out, that is the job title of Sarah Day and a nod to her skill of maintaining the resort’s “living” topiaries.

The first topiaries inside Disneyland park debuted in the 1960s, and the sea serpent outside of “it’s a small world” has been there since the 1980s. Most of the topiaries there have been a part of the Disneyland Resort for more than fifteen years! What’s your favorite topiary at the Disneyland Resort?


  • Great job Sarah, Who wouldn’t want such a great role at Disneyland, you are a star and your work makes the magic happen!

  • The small world topiaries were always a favorite part of my many visits to Disneyland as a child in the 1970s. Many thanks to the dedicated cast members who keep this tradition going strong.

  • This is a great story. I am in awe of the topiaries when I visit the park, and have been inspired by what I have seen. I have even tried my hand at this art form at home. I enjoy the other landscaping, especially the flower beds, and hope to see more stories about them. Thanks to Sarah and the rest of the team for making special memories for me and my family.

  • Though she calls herself a topiary ENGINEER, she might just as well call herself a topiary ARTIST. These creations are beautiful and I applaud all of the horticulture staff.

  • I remember seeing a lion topiary and I thought that was one of the cutest things I ever saw!

  • This is a really unique Every Role a Staring Role, and I never thought about the Cast Members that did this, but it’s important for the look of the park. Thanks for this, and thanks to Sarah for taking care of the topiaries!

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