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The numbers add up at Walt Disney World: Christmas edition

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Every year Disney Imagineers and other Cast Members work hard to transform the Happiest Place on Earth into a magical, winter wonderland. Through the addition of lights, Christmas trees, wreaths and everything holly, the parks and resorts become a place families travel to enjoy the Holiday season.

So, how much work actually goes into this annual Disney transformation? And exactly how many lights get strung every year? Let’s take a look at the different numbers that add up to a magical Christmas season.

All over Disney World

  • It takes 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations to complete the transformation for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations.
  • There are 1,300 decorated trees throughout the Disney World Resorts and Parks.
  • 15 miles of garland and 1,314 wreaths are hung throughout Disney World.
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows top off Christmas trees all across property.
  • 8.5 million lights are hung throughout the parks and resorts.
  • 98 percent of lights used at Disney during the holidays are LED, the remaining 2 percent is compact florescent.


  • There is a Christmas tree at the Magic Kingdom with a base that is 26 feet wide.
  • 170 performers and 15 floats are part of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at the Magic Kingdom.
  • 11 countries participate in Holidays Around the World at Epcot’s World Showcase.
  • More than 800 performers participate in the Candlelight Processional each night at Epcot.
  • More than 200 guest choirs participate in the Candlelight Processional.
  • 10 miles of twinkling lights are used in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


  • A 70 foot tall tree covered with nearly 35,800 LED white lights stands at the entrance of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
  • Pastry chef’s throughout Disney World created 6 life-sized creations, including a 16-foot tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa that was baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and enlisting more than 160 hours of decorating time and a life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort made with chocolate, fondant, giant candy cane poles and hand-painted portraits of Disney characters.

Downtown Disney

  • The wreath at Cirque du Soleil in Downtown Disney - West Side is 25 feet in diameter.
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas is open 165 days a year.

Happy Holidays!!

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