Since opening day on July 17, 1955, guests entering Disneyland park have been greeted by the iconic Mickey Mouse floral display … until now! In honor of Women’s History Month throughout March, Floral Minnie will be on display on the hillside just inside the main entrance, in front of the Main Street, U.S.A. Disneyland Railroad station.
“There have been some seasonal changes over the years,” said Horticulture Manager Sarah Day, whose team installed the display overnight. “But Mickey Mouse has always been the star of the show … until now!”
A team of 13 Horticulture cast members began the transformation process around midnight March 1, lights illuminating their intricate work. By 6 a.m., the transformation was complete, and Minnie Mouse, with her iconic bow and eyelashes, was center stage.
Horticulture Specialist Stacy Wise (pictured above) was tasked with creating the design in collaboration with her team. “I’m really excited to show my family,” said Stacy, whose passion for horticulture blossomed as a child while helping her father with his landscaping business. “I’m looking forward to getting my picture with the Minnie Mouse design and sending it to my dad.”
Stacy was tearful as she explained what this moment means to her. “It’s amazing that we’re having this step for Women’s History Month, and having Minnie Mouse featured is fantastic,” she said. “Minnie Mouse is just as iconic as Mickey Mouse, and she needs a little face time.”
The Horticulture team shared these fun facts about the floral:
- The traditional floral design includes over 1,750 individual plants
- Minnie Mouse’s bow consists of approximately 750 individual plants, known as Nemesia
- The swirls on either side of Minnie Mouse contain over 1,900 individual plants, including pansies, violas and petunias
March is designated as Women’s History Month, a time to honor women throughout history, share their stories and celebrate their achievements. Women have always been a driving force behind many of our most treasured theme park experiences, and we will be sharing their stories all month long.
Cast members can also join events hosted by the Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN), one of our Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), whose mission is to elevate and highlight powerful influence of diverse women on our culture, people and market, as champions of inclusion, education, development, mentorship and sponsorship.
Thank you to Stacy, Sarah and the incredible Horticulture cast members at the Disneyland Resort for being part of the magic … and here’s to a month of celebrating incredible women!