The Walt Disney Company announced late last year that it would be eliminating the use of plastic straws and stirrers for drinks in their theme parks. This was rolled out as part of a larger initiative by the company to reduce overall waste. The change is in addition to other steps like removing single-use plastic bags and moving to refillable in-room amenities at its hotels.
We’ve recently started seeing these planned changes take effect in the parks. Now, the Joffrey’s Revive location in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom is the latest to switch to paper straws. We stopped by for an iced coffee this week and found that all cold drinks are being served with new pink-striped paper straws. The new straws are the same as the paper straws that have been served in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for some time, to ensure the safety of the animals in that park.
The new straws have been appearing slowly throughout the parks and have coincided with the release of reusable shopping bags at retail locations. The new park-specific bags are made of 80% recycled materials and come in three sizes. Each park has it’s own bag design and ranges from one to two dollars in price. With these minor transitions and larger ones like the recently unveiled massive 270-acre solar panel facility, Walt Disney World is putting a larger focus on its environmental impact. Keep checking the site as we will keep you updated on all changes big and small coming to Disney parks.
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