I know I can’t be alone in this. Are you fascinated by the Disney details? Have you ever wondered how they did that? Well, I was in the right place at the right time to see a little bit of Disney “magic” at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge recently. Typically when Walt Disney World refurbishes something they do it behind walls so you can’t see what they are doing. I respect that so I don’t go shooting photos over the walls. I was there taking photos of the resort when I was able to view the chandeliers up close while they were working on them. They were doing the work during the day so anyone could see what was going on.
First a little trivia, The 4 teepee shaped chandeliers in the lobby each weigh 600 pounds. There is rawhide stretched over them and they are decorated with buffaloes and riders on horseback. Looking up at each chandelier you know they must be large but I didn’t realize just how big they were until I saw one laying on the lobby floor. They are 9 feet 4 inch at the bottom and they are 12 feet, 6 inches tall.
They replaced the burned out bulbs before they started on replacing the hide on the outside of the chandelier. Now you can say it takes 4 cranes to replace the light bulbs and hide and several more cast members on the ground.
Here is the base of the chandelier on the lobby floor. You really get to see just how large it is.
I know this wouldn’t excite some people but for me it was magical watching them work. I love the Wilderness Lodge and this only added to it. To me Disney is all about the details. Till next time, see you in the parks!
Category: Disney World