Changes Coming to Iconic Disney Park Entrance


The iconic Disneyland Park entrance with the Mickey floral display in front of the Main Street, U.S.A.’s Disneyland Railroad station, has always been a fan favorite spot. It serves as a warm welcome and makes for a great photo op. But, take note… changes are on the way.

New reports share that Disneyland Resort is preparing to roll out the “green carpet.” Disney has decided to bring more artificial turf to the Park.

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According to the OC Register, “New artificial turf around the Mickey floral planter at the Disneyland entrance and the Haunted Mansion front lawn will be unveiled on Friday, September 2, when Halloween Time kicks off at the Anaheim theme park.”

Artificial turf is nothing new to Disneyland, as it already uses turf around the “Storybook” letters and near Town Square. The turf was first installed when Cars Land opened at Disney California Adventure Park in front of Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Flo’s V8 Cafe, along with the queue line at Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

Sarge’s Surplus Hut (Credit: Disney)

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Why the change at the Anaheim Resort? Disney is making the change to support the southern California drought-fighting water conservation efforts.

According to the report, the main entrance and Haunted Mansion grass change will save a lot of water. The Storybook swap from real grass to turf earlier this year saves Disney 81,000 gallons of water a year. The Disney Park entrance and Haunted Mansion turf will continue to save more and more water.

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Not only does Disneyland save on water by reducing the amount of real grass, but it also removes the need for lawn maintenance, including seeding and mowing. Now, all Disney will need are Cast Members to sweep the turf.

Do you think the average Disney Park Guest will even notice the high-end artificial turf used at Disneyland rather than real grass?

Disneyland works very hard to trick the eyes by using eight different types of artificial turf with gray, brown, and off-white blades intermittently woven in to look more natural.

Disney will roll out the green carpet at Disneyland on Friday, September 2, 2022.

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