Disneyland Horticulture and Resort Enhancement Fun Facts

cultivating-the-magic-tour-00 The Disney Horticulture and Resort Enhancement team is the amazingly talented group that ensure the parks are green, lush and creative.  Over in Disneyland the this team is responsible for “more than 800 species of plants indigenous to 40 nations grow at the Disneyland Resort, making it one of the most extensive and diverse botanical locales in the western United States.”  Many people don’t realize the amount of work and creativity shown in the parks greenery and how those elements tie into the story telling all around the park. Recently Disneyland was wonderful enough to release these great fun facts about the greenery in the parks and the work involved.

  • The landscape panorama at the Disneyland Resort includes approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs.
  • Each year, approximately 500 hanging baskets are displayed, featuring seasonal plants and flowers.
  • Adding to the whimsy, 22 topiary animal and characters live at the Disneyland Resort.
  • Nearly 1 million annuals are planted each year at the Disneyland Resort, adding color and vibrancy to the décor.
  • The forest canopy in the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland Park, stretches more than 100 feet tall.
  • The Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” at the Disneyland entrance is planted nine times a year. This flowerbed, a popular photo location, features 3,600 annuals in the face and 6,400 on the sides for a total of approximately 90,000 plants per year.


  • More than 80 miles of landscape irrigation pipe run underground, keeping the focus on the plants and florals.
  • The oldest living tree at the Disneyland Resort is a Mugho Pine that is only two feet tall. Guests will spot this tree, which is more than 150 years old, as they cruise on the Storybook Land Canal Boats.
  • Drought-tolerant plants can be found throughout the Disneyland Resort and make up a vast majority of the landscape in several lands and attractions, including Cars Land, Frontierland, Autopia and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • At Flik’s Fun Fair, guests cool off beneath 226 shade panels in the shape of clover leaves, including one four-leaf clover.
  • Guests who would like to know more about the flora and fauna at Disneyland can experience “Cultivating the Magic.” Tour guides share stories about the design of the gardens and the historical significance of plants throughout the park. To reserve a spot for this tour, guests may call (714) 781-TOUR (8687).
  • The Horticulture and Resort Enhancement teams create four seasonal overlays during the year for more than 160 windows. This includes 1,068 artificial floral arrangements, 20,000 props in 64 stores, and 12,000 props in 32 food locations.
  • The Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., stands 60 feet above ground and five feet below ground. It is assembled in November each year, with 1,200 branches; 250,000 pine tip ends; 2,000 ornaments; 800 handmade bows; 4,800 multi-colored LED lights; 70,000 white mini LED lights; and 1,200 strobes.
  • During the holiday season at Disneyland Resort, cast members decorate with nearly 200 trees, 320 wreaths and 8,000 feet of garland.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland transforms to become the Pumpkin Festival every autumn, with hundreds of pumpkins on display, no two of them the same.


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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