Small World Topiaries receive TLC

The topiaries that surround the exterior of Disneyland’s classic and much loved attraction “it’s a small world” have been impressing guests since 1966. But what behind the scenes magic is involved in putting on this show? This video with Topiary Engineer Craig Minasian reveals a lot of the secrets along with some tips for getting started with your own topiary at home.

Some facts about Disneyland’s topiary include:

  • There are 15 topiaries at “it’s a small world” and a total of 26 around the Disneyland Resort.
  • By 1963, there were 24 Topiary inside Disneyland. They included a waltzing hippo, a poodle, a pig, bears, elephants, seals, and giraffes. In 1966, they were permanently relocated to “it’s a small world.”
  • Walt Disney was partially inspired to have Topiary in his parks by his visits to Trivoli Gardens.

When Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 it too had a collection of Topiary. They were located in a garden just outside the gates of the theme park, about where the Disney bus station is now. Sadly a few months ago the last topiary from that collection, an elephant, was removed.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)
This entry was posted in Disneyland and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Small World Topiaries receive TLC

  1. Connie says:

    Nice post!!

Comments are closed.