Since 1995 the Nature and Environment department has been running guided tours (in French) of Disneyland® Paris green spaces. These Hortitours give detailed presentations covering landscape design, techniques for plant maintenance, tree pruning etc. These plant-themed visits of Disneyland Paris are a way of discovering the resort’s natural curiosities and promoting Disneyland Paris’ natural heritage and expertise. Here are some of our favorite stories, that you may not already know!
- 3.4 million cubic metres of earth had to be moved to produce Disneyland® Paris’ hills and valleys.
- The Disneyland Paris landscape gardeners planted more than 35,000 trees and 350,000 shrubs from all over the globe, including a 150-year-old cedar tree.
- Twice a year the Disneyland Paris gardeners prune the 2.5 km of hedges that make up Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. In fact the total length is 7.5 km as theyhave to be pruned on all three sides!
- The tallest cactus growing in Disneyland Paris stands at 5.6 metres tall and the veteran of these “prickly pears” is over 50- years- old.
- The most spectacular flowerbed in the resort is the very first that guests discover at the park entrance. It is in the shape of Mickey’s head, and measures 30 metres in circumference. It takes over 2,500 flowering plants to fill the bed, which naturally changes colour with the seasons.
- The star of the numerous trees planted at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge® is a 35-year-old cedar, 12 metres high and 9 metres wide, weighing over 16 tons, brought to the park from Versailles. Transplanted with the utmost care, the gardeners replanted it in a north-east facing position. Their efforts have paid off and the big baby is thriving in its new environment.
- The tallest tree at Disneyland Paris is 21 metres high. It is a Banyan tree on Adventure Isle, at the heart of Adventureland, home to the Cabane des Robinson. No chance that this tree will grow any bigger or lose its leaves: it is the only artificial tree at Disneyland Paris. It was created by a team of artists who ensured it looked as real as possible by painstakingly attaching 300,000 leaves.
- 1000 Redwoods were imported from Canada’s British Columbia region for planting when the site was built in 1990