Disney is always looking for new ways to be more environmentally friendly so there’s no surprise they’re literally powering the magic with renewable energy!
Their goal is to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions, and a way to do this is by bringing clean electricity to their local energy grinds and increase their own renewable energy portfolio.
They currently have solar arrays on rooftop facilities like a main soundstage and a prominent walkway in the Burbank Studio Lot. Over at the Imagineering campus in Glendale, they have a 460 kilowatt solar rooftop system in their main parking structure.
Disney Parks and Resorts around the world also use renewable and lower carbon energy. At Disneyland Paris for example, they use geothermal energy to help power the parks and resorts. At Castaway Cay they use solar power to heat water for the crew on the island and at Disney California Adventure they use 1,400 solar panels to power Radiator Springs Racers!
In Orlando, Disney got a 270 acre, 50+ megawatt solar facility near the Walt Disney World Resort, pretty close to the “hidden Mickey” solar panel! It was built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA.
The facility is so big that generates enough power to operate two theme parks!
This helps to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions by more then 52,000 metric tons and remove 9,300 cars from the roads each year.
Another change Disney recently made is the switch to renewable diesel on some resort buses at Walt Disney World! So next time you visit the parks, take a look at your bus to see if the have the eco-friendly logo!
Credit: The Walt Disney Company
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