When I visited Walt Disney World a couple weeks ago, a lot of people asked me why the Parks were so decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving had even occurred. Well, the below stats may shed some light on that:
- Decorations are stored offsite. It requires 150 tractor-trailer truckloads to deliver them to 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations.
- 8.5 million holiday lights are strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
- 98 percent of that lighting is LED.
- Of that, 10 miles of twinkling rope lights are in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- 1,300 trees are decorated throughout property.
- One Christmas tree in Magic Kingdom has a base 25 feet wide.
- The 70-foot-tall tree in Disney’s Contemporary Resort exterior entrance lobby features nearly 35,800 white LED lights.
- 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows drape Christmas trees across property.
- 15 miles of garland have been strung and 1,314 wreaths hung across the Resort.
- At Downtown Disney West Side, a wreath with a 25-foot diameter adorns the Cirque du Soleil building.
Many of the wreaths deck the halls of Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A., and sway overhead as Guests stroll toward Cinderella’s shimmering ice castle. Each night from November 8, 2013, through January 5, 2014, when the sun goes down, Cinderella and her friends dress in holiday garb and take the stage for the Castle Dream Lights ceremony, setting the palace aglow with 200,000 white lights.
On 19 selected evenings during November and December, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off at 7 p.m. (after regular Park closing) and continues until midnight. Twice nightly, gingerbread people dance, toy soldiers march, and Santa himself sleighs down Main Street, U.S.A., in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. Nighttime fireworks take on new cheer as well. Holiday Wishes, Celebrate the Spirit of the Season lights the night sky with spectacular pyrotechnics set to holiday melodies.
And what’s that white stuff falling from the Florida sky? Snow! It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a flurry of that magical white fluff. Guests can sip warm cocoa and enjoy complimentary cookies while they celebrate the season.
Make a ribbon tree like this one from Michael’s.
You will need:
- 1 Styrofoam craft cone
- Lots of ribbon or strips of cloth remnants cut in 4-inch strips
- Sequin-topped or plain straight pins
Fold ribbon pieces in half and use pins to attach to the cone, starting at its base and placing each loop next to the previous loop. Continue, layering rows of ribbon until cone is completely covered with ribbon loops. Be creative when topping your tree! You can roll the ribbon as shown below or affix an angel figurine or sparkly star. You can also run small pieces of chenille sticks through jingle bells or beads and insert them at random intervals. Make several at different heights, color coordinate them for each room of your home, or give them as gifts to someone special.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Art
SKILL LEVEL: All