Happy Earth Day fellow humans! Since this is the one day a year we really focus on helping our planet, we wanted to focus on five ways Disney is doing their part.
Bye Bye Plastic Straws
Disney announced a year or so ago that by mid-2019 ALL Disney parks and cruise ships would no longer offer plastic straws. Instead we will start seeing paper straws being offered. While this is the status quo over in Animal Kingdom, we are starting to see this change already take effect across all the parks. In fact, as of last week Disneyland Paris has introduced paper straws across the board.
Now, if you wanna go one step further consider bringing your own reusable straw into the parks. Our go-to is the Final Straw which is collapsable and comes with a handy carrying case.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Earlier this year Disney introduced reusable shopping bags in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks and resorts. These bags are made of 80% recycled materials and aim to help reduce single-use shopping bags across the bags.
Solar Powered Baby
Disney is loving the solar powered energy game. In fact they just opened up a 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility. This new facility will gather up enough clean energy to power TWO of Disney World’s theme parks.
That new 270 acre facility isn’t just about solar power. It is also helping to provide a safe place for some of our ecosystems more important players, wildlife.
With the help of Disney environmental and horticulture experts, around two-thirds of the facility will be pollinator friendly. This means that butterflies, bees and other insects will all have a welcoming environment.
Disney also have a smaller solar field, Mickey shaped of course, that helps to provide alternative energy to over 1,000 homes in the Reedy Creek area.
Over in Disneyland, Radiator Springs isn’t just home to an amazing ride, Radiator Springs Racers, but also doubles as home to 1,400 high-efficiency solar panels. They help to provide power to Disney California Adventure.
If you’ve ever visited Epcot then you’ll know there is a ride called Living with the Land. This isn’t a typical theme park ride but more of like real life The More You Know PSA.
On the ride you get a first hand look at Walt Disney World’s own greenhouses. Here you’ll see everything from edible flowers, fruits, veggies, and even sustainable fish farms. The greenhouse also employs aquaponics which allows the waste material from the fish to be used as “fertilizer” for the fruits and veggies. The end results are used in restaurants across all of Walt Disney World as well feeding the animals over in Animal Kingdom.
So when WDW says “locally sourced”, they mean that quite literally.
Car Bus Power
Did you know Walt Disney World has one of the largest transit systems in Florida? With 400+ buses it is larger than Miami. So what do all those buses run on you ask? Not regular old gasoline, that’s for sure.
All the buses use a renewable diesel called R50. This is made from used cooking oil and non-consumable food waste recycled from the parks. Yup that’s right, the oil used to make last nights fries will be converted into fuel to help power the bus taking you back to your WDW resort.
Now the buses aren’t the only vehicles that got an energy upgrade. The boats on The Jungle Cruise and the Kilimanjaro Safaris vehicles use propane and compressed natural gas to power up.
So there you go, five ways Disney is helping to reduce their impact on the environment on this Earth Day. You can learn more about all of Disney’s efforts over on the Animals, Science and Environment Facebook Page.