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    Fewer trees in the hub

    When did they remove so many large trees from the hub Central Plaza? I was surprised by how sunny and hot it is now. Did they do that to provide better viewing of the fireworks over the castle? Years ago there were a lot of mature trees, with twinkling white lights at night, and that was a great place to rest in the shade on a hot day.

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    I didn't notice this when I was there 2 weeks ago!

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    When did they remove so many large trees from the hub Central Plaza? I was surprised by how sunny and hot it is now. Did they do that to provide better viewing of the fireworks over the castle? Years ago there were a lot of mature trees, with twinkling white lights at night, and that was a great place to rest in the shade on a hot day.
    I believe so. But I don't see the trees being much of an issue viewing the pyro. But it all boils down to where your seeing it.

    It could also be that some of the trees were getting too old and had to be removed before they presented a danger by falling down on unsuspecting guess. Probably they did that after that one branch in NOS snapped off due to old age.

    Either way, it does provide a good view of the castle from main street and would be considered a good trade off.



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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    I remember when they removed the old trees and replaced them with younger ones. I have no clue why, it could've been a scale issue with the castle.

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    Don't they also replace the trees along main St periodically. It seems like they don't want those trees growing too large or else it would mess with he walkways.

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    At the D23 event where we got to see a screening of the restored "Disneyland USA," Tony Baxter shared with us that he rescued those trees -- twinkling lights and all -- as they were being ripped out. They now live in his backyard!
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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    There used to be some big olive trees in the Hub which were cut out some time prior to the 50th and replaced with the current ones, pretty sure Tony Baxter has a few in his backyard and a few others got moved around to the sounding areas. If anyone thinks this is bad go see MK's hub.
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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    Wow, I wish I could even have one of those trees - with the original lights. Even though the lights were all white, it made Disneyland seem like Christmas all year. Gave it a really nice look at night. I remember sitting there as a kid, we were exhausted so we waited for one of the vehicles on Main Street just to save us that much walking. But the twinkling white lights, the summer fireworks, the Haunted Mansion, Tomorrowland and Nature's Wonderland all combined to make it seem like a place where it was always Christmas, the 4th of July, Halloween, a world's fair, and summer vacation all at the same time every night.
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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    Quote Originally Posted by Bass Shakers View Post
    At the D23 event where we got to see a screening of the restored "Disneyland USA," Tony Baxter shared with us that he rescued those trees -- twinkling lights and all -- as they were being ripped out. They now live in his backyard!
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    I can verify this story. I was there, too. And they were olive trees, for what it's worth.

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    they change the trees every so many years but it had been awhile since it was done. They replaced all the trees in 2005 with smaller ones and removed the large ones that were blocking the views of the castle. The ones that were not removed are trimmed back quite often.


    Around that time they also removed all the huge pine trees that used to be between the castle and the Matterhorn. They used to put strings of lights on those for Christmas time. They were huge and threw off the perspective of the mountain. They also cleared up the view when the new cable system for tink was added

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    It's funny that they ever used olive trees in the first place, because many people are allergic to the pollen, and because olive trees make a huge mess when the fruit drops. We used to have one. You would think they would prefer conifers or at least jacarandas.

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    They used to spray the trees with a hormone-based chemical that would keep them from pollinating. No pollen = no allergens and no fruit.

    They have jacarandas along the tramway where it parallels Downtown Disney. At certain times of the year, the ground there is stained purple from the flowers that fall.
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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    All I know is that if they had to replace them, the Tabebuia trees were the perfect choice to replace them. The hub is stunning now in Spring.

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    Re: Fewer trees in the hub

    If I recall correctly the old trees in the hub were Ficus, known for their sidewalk cracking roots. Disney must have been spending a mint on root barriers, root pruning and preventative trimming to protect the pavement. You really have to know what you're doing when you root prune.

    Pink tabebuia was a nice choice for a replacement - one of my favorite small to medium trees and, like MacDaddy said, beautiful flowers in springtime!
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