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Any one know how Disney keeps there grounds maintained?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by WishforScagWildcat, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 212

    In all my times of going to Disney World ive never seen a mower or landscaper, and i go once a month. I know they put like 2 million miles on there mowers each year, but how do they keep 2,00o acres of turf maintained?
  2. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I Do. I Do
    I know more about Disney's landscape then 90% of the American people. I've also never been there!
    How you might ask? My crazy design professor in collage worked there for years and my finals was one re drawing the Disney landscape to make it better.
    Disney is 100% landscaped at night. I don't remember but I think it's got 400 green keepers. It was a redicolus amount of people.
    They trim everything with hand clippers and catch buckets to speed up clean up and not disturb with noise. The main grounds keeper makes somewhere around $350,000.00. More then any sports field and golf course grounds keeper
  3. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 212

    Thats insane, i always though about working there, but do you now how they mow everything? i would suspect reel mowers, i would figure some places are hard to mow at night!
  4. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I never go in specifics on mowing. I assume from pictures I've seen it has to be real mowers due to height. He said they use portable light stand and move as large section
  5. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 212

    Damn thats crazy, whoever thinks that stuff up is a ligit landscaping GOD! I would probably not kill for that job, but i wish i could get a small taste of that line of work!
  6. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    My professor said he left because he worked 7 days a week and the amount of stress was way to much. Kinda like a super attendant on a golf course. I have a buddy who is a local super. All he does is work so one day after a few cold ones we worked his salary into hourly. He made less then minimum wage.
  7. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 212

    Dang that sucks, but i still think it might be different to work in a actual grounds maintainance position.
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I am assuming you guys are referring to the Florida location!I do not know the specific, if you really want to know that head over to the Florida sub forums and ask asI know we have some folks on here that recieved a good aamount of training at Disney working.

    I am thinking inside the parks it all done after close, the external areas of the park are done during the day at least sometimes.

    I know universal does most of there stduring during the night as some of my employees have worked there prior to working for me.
  9. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 549

    The entrances were being mowed in the daytime last week when I was down buy a couple workers. At night the Seven Dwarfs come out and do all the real work, I thought everyone knew that.


    (they use regular mowers on the entrance areas, not reels)
  10. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 246

    4,000+ Acres of Landscaping
    2,000+ Acres of Turf
    750 Horticulture Specialists
    175,000 Trees
    13,000 Rose Bushes (100 Varietes)
    200 Sculpted Plates
    800 Hanging Baskets
    65,000 Sprinkler Heads
    Dennis Higbie, director, Walt Disney World Horticulture

    Approximately half of the 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) at The Walt Disney World Resort are conservation lands, water bodies, and other green spaces that will never be developed. Within these areas:

    • Over 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) were set aside by Walt Disney himself, and are now known as the Wildlife Management Conservation Area.

    • More than 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of wetlands were restored or enhanced.

    •Experimental programs are underway to restore agricultural lands (orange groves and cattle pastures) into habitats for the protected sand skink and other listed wildlife species.

    • Over 300 acres (120 hectares) are monitored and managed specifically as habitat for gopher tortoises and other protected wildlife.

    Source : National Geographic

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