Installation of the Wilderness Lodge Tree Live Blog

Last night, two friends of the site–Kendra Hayde and Mark Diba–sacrificed sleep (and sanity?) to watch the beginnings of the Wilderness Lodge Tree installation. Like manna to Disney nerds, these two provide an awesome behind-the-scenes look at how the tree is put together and goes up.ย 

 

Wilderness Lodge Tree Installation

Kendra and Mark were there as Disney put up the tree in the Wilderness Lodge lobby. Please enjoy.

Storified by Mouse on the Mind · Tue, Nov 13 2012 04:25:21

It begins! Semis out front of WL filled with tree parts. Lobby still full http://twitpic.com/bcrjf9 http://twitpic.com/bcrjgd http://twitpic.com/bcrjhpKendra
Caution tape going up around the lobby. Wondering why it’s blocking the part where they actually have to bring stuff in http://twitpic.com/bcrsbsKendra
Getting the lighting infrastructure prepared. They removed a panel from the floor for extra sockets. #wltree http://twitpic.com/bcrtjeKendra
@hintofspy You are live tweeting a tree instillation. You win. Lots of things.EPCOT Explorer
Our crew for tonight. #WLTree http://pic.twitter.com/E5gSD5FaMark Diba
@EPCOTExplorer ahahahaha I’ve been dreaming about doing this since last Christmas season. Even with work tomorrow, I knew I had to stay!Kendra
@hintofspy LOLLLL. How long will it take?EPCOT Explorer
Bringing in ladders. Absolutely scintillating stuff here ๐Ÿ˜› #WLTree http://twitpic.com/bcruldKendra
@EPCOTExplorer tentative timeline says first layer down by midnight, 1am for next few. About 5-6 hours total installation time.Kendra
Decorative pieces & wreaths #WLTree http://twitpic.com/bcrwaw http://twitpic.com/bcrwbv http://twitpic.com/bcrwcp http://twitpic.com/bcrwdv http://twitpic.com/bcrwevKendra
This section of wreaths is heading towards my favorite area of WL ๐Ÿ˜‰ #WLTree http://twitpic.com/bcrwkw http://twitpic.com/bcrwpiKendra
@hintofspy Lulz, that’s very specific! Hallway right of Artist Point under light!OhMeylaWeyla
@OhMeylaWeyla exactly! They’ve rolled in nearly 40 carts of decorations and all are that specifically labeled.Kendra
Rubber mats going down on the lobby floor. #cultofWLtree #WLTree http://twitpic.com/bcrwvxKendra
BEARS!!! BEARS!!!!!! #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9J7TiRWmC/Mark Diba
Large Wilderness Lodge wreath #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9KAmUxWmJ/Mark Diba
Decorations #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9KFmdRWmR/Mark Diba
A delightful Wilderness Lodge ornament #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9KJkSxWmX/Mark Diba
Whole lotta poinsettias #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9KUzURWmj/Mark Diba
Mini trees #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9Kjh7xWms/Mark Diba
Little and big wreath #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9KzbaxWm6/Mark Diba
The top of the tree has arrived, star and all! #cultofWLtree #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9KxZwKrJ-/Kendra
More wreaths http://instagr.am/p/R9K3zsxWm-/Mark Diba
Star topper #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9K5DjKrKK/Kendra
Christmas miscellany #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9K77DxWnA/Mark Diba
THE TOP OF THE TREE! http://instagr.am/p/R9LBJZRWnF/Mark Diba
Incredibly charming teepees! #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9LE6vxWnI/Mark Diba
It appears that this is just like putting together a snap-in branch artificial tree; sections of tiers at a time. #WLTree #cultofWLtreeKendra
View from above #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9Lqn6xWnu/Mark Diba
Ornament from the top of the tree #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9LsLzRWnv/Mark Diba
The star of the show #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9LwWOxWnz/Mark Diba
They are starting to unpack the tree. #WLTreeMark Diba
They are also starting to hang garlands from the fifth floor. #WLTreeMark Diba
Hanging the wreath over the fireplace #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9M1-qxWol/Mark Diba
Crane being used for main tree construction as well as wreath hanging on hearth. #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9M6W4qrLh/Kendra
Blurry, but here are the tree branches. Sticks in just like my family’s artificial tree! #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9NDH5qrLs/Kendra
Um… Good luck with that. http://instagr.am/p/R9PoU2xWqh/Mark Diba
Laying wreaths to hang #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9QaJoxWrC/Mark Diba
Putting up a small tree #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9QeCLxWrE/Mark Diba
Scary! #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9QiCpxWrH/Mark Diba
Yes, crane man is about 10 feet shy of the ceiling, connecting chain to the hole in the ground. #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9QFm9qrN7/Kendra
THE BEARS ARE UP. I REPEAT, THE BEARS ARE UP. #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9QngTRWrN/Mark Diba
Starting to construct the tree. #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9RY23xWr8/Mark Diba
They are beginning to fit the pieces of the tree into the center pole.Mark Diba
We aren’t the only ones fascinated by this process… #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9S2dJRWs1/Mark Diba
Even the pool bar is getting some Christmas love! #WLTree http://instagr.am/p/R9PsvjRWqk/Mark Diba
Raising a section of the tree! Tree stand down below. #cultofWLtree #WLTree http://telly.com/FG01Z http://twitpic.com/bcsc32Kendra
Lowering the section and connecting it to pole F-P. #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9Rdd3KrO7/Kendra
Ends of poles show different branch densities. One pole has 16 branches per row. Right top is F-P, left is n http://instagr.am/p/R9SCcwKrPJ/Kendra
The sheer amount of wires these guys are dealing with is incredible. I can’t imagine what light testing is going to be like. #WLTreeKendra
Bigger ornamental decorations like the antlers and dream catchers are being passed up and hung on now. #WLTree http://twitpic.com/bcsgdeKendra
Crane man hanging more cable from main columns. #WLTree http://twitpic.com/bcsgu7 http://twitpic.com/bcsgvjKendra
So @Dibadisney and I will have to bail soon so we can both go to work tomorrow. But now we know how the #WLTree is constructed!Kendra
Iโ€™m so sad to leave before the construction is finished, but I have to work tomorrow. Good night, Wilderness Lodge Christmas tree!Mark Diba
For reference, plugging in and decorating rows G-K has taken a little more than a half hour. #WLTreeKendra
At that rate, it’s around 2.5 hours of just plugging and chugging to complete the main tree sections, to borrow a math term. #WLTreeKendra
And now it’s time to say goodbye ๐Ÿ™ really glad I was lucky enough to see this much of the construction. So exciting!! #WLTreeKendra
Spoiler alert: THEY FINISH THE TREE! #WLTreeKendra
Cute decorated gatehouse says good night! #wltree http://instagr.am/p/R9WG4cxWuf/Mark Diba

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