Everyone’s favourite cartoon mouse meets everyone favourite floral attraction. Dubai Miracle Garden celebrates the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with a record-breaking 18-metre display.
The sculpture is Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East and is made from almost 100,000 plants and flowers – white petunia, red petunia, white geranium, yellow viola, zinnia marigold and green alternanthera – and weighs almost 35 tons. That’s one massive mouse! Underneath all those petals is a 7-ton steel structure with a foundation of 50 tons of reinforced concrete, so whatever the weather, it’s standing strong.
It earns Dubai Miracle Garden another Guinness World Record title, this time for ‘Tallest Topiary Sculpture’. The park in Dubailand can also lay claim to having the ‘Largest Vertical Garden in the World’ and with the impressive replica of an Emirates A380, the ‘Largest Floral Installation.’
Mickey could be joined by some pals later this year, with further Disney characters planned for when Dubai Miracle Garden reopens for the winter season in November 2018.
An absolute must-see for visitors and residents alike, Dubai Miracle Garden has more than 100 million flowers in 70 varieties sprouting out from cars, houses and even a giant floating tap. Getting there is now easier too, as the 105 bus route runs every 20 minutes from Mall of the Emirates. Check wojhati.rta.ae for a full timetable.
The attraction’s co-founder, Engineer Abdel Naser Rahhal, said: “We are very pleased to partner with The Walt Disney Company to bring their beloved Mickey Mouse to life through the wonderful medium of flowers. Dubai Miracle Garden’s imagination and creativity in coming up with novel and exciting floral displays will be a perfect complement to the appeal of classic Disney characters who will be revealed in amazing new displays in the future.”
Fun fact to drop as you cruise by the blooms – created by Walt Disney in 1928, Mickey Mouse was originally going to be called Mortimer, but it’s said that his wife suggested the name that eventually stuck.
Update: We called the Miracle Garden to check when they’re closing for summer 2018 and were told it would be on 12th May, amended from 6th May.
Dubai Miracle Garden, Al Barsha South 3, is open 9am-9pm weekdays and 9am-11pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is AED 45 for adults, AED 35 for children aged three to 12. Under twos and people with disabilities go free.