How Disneyland Is Decorated "Overnight" and More Secrets From Disney's Holiday Decorator
Sorry, Buddy, but we've met someone who could dress up a location with even more festive flair than the syrup-obsessed elf in Gimbels. Meet Cathy Carson, an official Disneyland holiday park decorator and a part of a small but mighty crew worthy of Santa's workshop. For Cathy, every day is like Christmas, since she is dreaming up holiday decor ideas for the Anaheim, CA, park year-round. Yeah, we'd say that's a pretty cool job.
Cathy started working for Disney in 2003 as a temporary employee for Disneyland's holiday installation. She clearly had a knack for it, since she was asked back year after year, and now she's bringing the magic full-time. We had the chance to speak with her about her very merry career, what makes the holidays at Disneyland this year so special, and the behind-the-scenes secrets we've always wanted to know. Like, when do they start planning for 2019? And is year-round glitter on your face just a part of the job? (The answer to the latter is a resounding "yes.")
Keep reading for the answers to these burning questions as well as more photos of Disneyland's 2018 holiday decor.