Well, this is amazing. In case you have ever wondered what Disney does with their gingerbread displays after the holiday season is complete, we have that answer and its un-bee-lievable.
It all started 10 years ago during an annual gingerbread display cleaning and the attraction bees took to it during the process. Barry Stockwell, Planned Work Specialist with Event Decorating Support says, “We decided to bring the display pieces to our Disney tree farm and lay them out in our field to give the bees a chance to collect the sugar on the wooden structures.”
Now, once a year local bees are treated to Disney World gingerbread display leftovers after the holidays! This process feeds thousands of local bees during winter months.
How The Recycling Process Works:
- Walt Disney World Event Decorating Support team and Pastry Chefs begin by removing gingerbread from the wooden structures (used to build the gingerbread displays) after the end of the season
- The gingerbread is then recycled to use for compositing
- The wooden structure left is covered in royal icing made of sugar
- The team then breaks down the structure piece by piece and transports it to the Walt Disney World Resort tree farm.
- Then, it’s left for the bees to find and collect the sugar!
- After the bees have left, the wooden pieces are power washed with hot water and the display is stored until the next holiday season.
Fun Fact: “Honey bees can typically travel up to about two miles to search for nectar and pollen, and in this case sugar.” Zak Gezon, Conservation Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment said.
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