Cultivating the Magic

Over the weekend Patrick and I took what is perhaps the most unique tour that is offered at Disneyland, the Cultivating the Magic tour. This tour highlights the vast and unique vegetation found throughout Disneyland. The Park’s history and seasonal changes were showcased as our tour guide took us throughout the park, describing the extensive work that a large team of horticulturists do each day throughout the year, from changing plants out seasonally, such as the iconic floral Mickey, to the detailed pruning that is done to the miniature plants found in Storybookland.

Like with all of the Disneyland tours, this one came with an exclusive pin, which featured the Disneyland Rose, as well as a seed packet for guests to plant at home.

When looking at the various tours that are offered, we were told that the Cultivating the Magic tour changes somewhat with the seasons, and I can say that I look forward to taking it again, possibly next summer, as some plants that were mentioned during the tour were not in bloom, such as the Disneyland Rose. We also enjoyed several attractions, including Storybookland and the Jungle Cruise, in which our tour group were the only members on board, and our tour guide provided the narration to both attractions (instead of the Storyteller for Storybookland and the Skipper for the Jungle Cruise) giving insight into the processes behind maintaining the plants on the attractions, as well as the types of plants used. The Cultivating the Magic tour was certainly fun and informative, and full of unique bits of Disneyland trivia.

For the tour I decided to combine both Disney and flowers by wearing my Ferdinand the Bull pin, as Ferdinand loves nothing more than to sit under his cork tree and smell the flowers. And I pulled from the colors in the pin when deciding what to wear. It was actually a slightly chilly day, but the cooler temperatures allowed me to wear one of my favorite pieces of clothing, a 50s fleece pullover! Yes, a 50s fleece pullover! It is hands down one of the softest things in my closet, plus it’s my absolute favorite color! I honestly can’t believe I debated buying it when I saw it at Simply Vintage.

There are still more Disneyland tours for us to take, and I can’t wait for our next one! I just need to decide! You can read more about the Cultivating the Magic tour, as well as learn how to book a tour by visiting Disneyland’s website. And if you’re an Annual Passportholder, you get a discount!

Fleece Pullover: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Tatyana (when it was Bettie Page Clothing), Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Re-Mix
Mexican Tourist Jacket: Gift from my dad!
Ferdinand the Bull Pin: Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, California
Hair Clip (not really visible): Gift
Earrings: Aquanetta
Turquoise Bracelet: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Turquoise Ring: Don’t remember!

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