Great article! I seem to remember those trees in the mote with blue ornaments with white flocking. As a child, they seemed magical. The water was still, so it reflected the white/blue trees beautifully.
Also, I loved seeing the flocked tree with the colorful ornaments on Main Street. Of course it does not snow in So Cal, so a tree covered in snow just seemed more magical. For me, that was the ultimate symbol of Christmas at Disneyland. The natural shape of the tree also looks better to my eye than the current version. I dislike the perfectly uniform cone shape it is today. I liked that it did not look so perfect.
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