Last evening I stumbled upon the serendipitous event of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Christmas tree installation. I have never, in all of my years of visiting Walt Disney World, ever seen resort holiday decorations being put up, so it was fun to sit back and watch this spectacle. Of course, it’s easy to assume these overnight transformations happen by magic and pixie dust alone, but as I learned last night, it’s actually a huge, multi-cast member operation full of semi-trucks, cranes, ladders and patience!
Below is a slideshow of last night’s events, which continued into the wee hours of the morning. The whole operation began a little after 11pm and I stayed to witness it through 2am, when there was still quite a bit left to assemble on the tree, but so much had already been pixie dusted too. Enjoy the photos of the process!
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I couldn’t stay until they were done, but here’s a gorgeous photo of the finished lobby from the talented Tom Bricker.
The tree is raised up to get more branches installed
The Bear family is back in place, waiting to be lit up
Some deer await their new home
Another view of the tree being installed
More decorations waiting to get installed
More sections of the tree stand are installed
Ready to be raised higher
The lights in one section are briefly turned on
Assessing the situation
Raising the tree
THEY use antlers in all of their decorating too!
The first parts of the tree are installed
More installation preparation
The crane goes up almost to the ceiling
Garland installed on every other floor
The wreath on the fireplace installed
A crane is brought in to hang a chain from the ceiling to support the tree
A large wreath is installed over the lobby fireplace
Unwrapping tree parts
Close-up of the tee pee ornaments
More tree parts – look, the famous tee pees!
A wreath awaits installation
Smaller trees are brought in and the floor is protected for the cranes to come in
Wreaths are brought up to higher floors too
Boxes of wreaths and tree limbs arrive in the lobby
The “before” – setting the stage for the Christmas tree installation
Outside wreaths are installed
More photos like the last one may be found at Tom Bricker’s site DisneyTouristBlog or on his Flickr account.