Holidays at Disneyland Resort begin this Friday, November 12, and earlier this week, cast members who worked through the night installed one of the most iconic symbols of the season at Disneyland Park, the Christmas tree. 60 feet high in the town square. . As the holiday music played in the background, the cast of the third shift waited anxiously in the cold morning air for the first “unofficial” tree lighting of the season, celebrating with a few donuts and a coffee.
“This is a very special tradition at Disneyland Park that has been going on since 1955, the year our first Christmas tree was installed,” said Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock, who helped place the star on top of the tree with the help of the resort improvement team. , plus Disneyland Park Vice President Kris Theiler. “Thanks to the incredible talents and efforts of our cast behind the joyful and magical transformation of our complex.”
It was a symbol of hope for Kyle Enos of the resort improvement team (above, second from left), who helped oversee all safety measures during the installation. “Dinners from cast members gathered it and seeing how the tree lights up means something special.”
It was also a reminder to Roxanne Arana of Custodial of the moments lost last year while the parks were closed. “See how the tree lights up [for the first time] in more than two years it brings a feeling of joy and wonder that was lost during the last year … To see that everything comes back to life is beautiful “.
After lighting the tree, Ken also placed a menorah in the window of Disney Clothiers, Ltd. in celebration of Hanukkah. Erin Doyle of Resort Enhancement (above) said the screen reflects the resort’s efforts to include them and represent more of the festivities our guests and casts celebrate. In addition to the menorah, the showcase includes other Hanukkah traditions, such as latkes and sufganiyot (gelatin donuts) that are usually served during the eight-day celebration. “It simply came to our notice then [feel] so important and meaningful when other people feel special, ”Erin said.
The festive atmosphere reminded Bill Eagleman of Security (above) of a touching moment while working at this time last year. “I was here when there was no one else at Christmas, when the only tree we had was in Walt’s apartment. So, seeing it today, seeing it all week, the culmination of everyone’s work to illuminate this tree is very special to me … You can’t express it all in words what you feel in inside, but the smiles on everyone’s faces and the enjoyment they are feeling now say a lot. “