The video below gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the Disneyland Resort Topiary Engineer maintains the zebra at “it’s a small world.” Watch the video through the end to catch a few tips on how to grow your own topiary, and make sure you keep an eye out for the surprise ending.
Here are some additional fun facts about topiaries:
There were 24 original Disneyland Park topiaries premiering in 1963. They included a waltzing hippo, a poodle, a pig, bears, elephants, seals, and giraffes. In 1966, they were permanently planted at “it’s a small world.”
Growing a typical shrub Character Topiary can take from 3-10 years for completion, depending on the size and complexity of the shape.
Walt Disney got the idea of creating “living” topiaries by seeing traditional topiary gardening in Europe. He asked his film animators and Disneyland landscape team to work together to create the first living sculptures for Disneyland in 1963. They came up with several and one of those included Dumbo making his debut in Fantasyland.