PHOTOS: Disney Parks, Resorts, and Cruise Ships Do Their Part to Protect Nature Around the World

Every single day, Disney's theme parks, water parks, resorts, and cruise ships celebrate nature and do their part to take care of the world around us through a variety of environmental initiatives.


Walt Disney World Resort
The Walt Disney World Resort has taken continuous steps to reduce its environmental footprint. For example, two solar arrays provide enough clean energy to power two theme parks. Additionally, Walt Disney World's horticulturists use innovative growing techniques to help feed a growing planet.


Did you know that both Sunshine Seasons and the Garden Grill Restaurant serve fresh produce and seafood grown at The Land Pavilion in EPCOT?


Disneyland Resort in California
At Disneyland Resort, teams protect nature by promoting practices that reduce its impact on the environment. For example, all five Disneyland steam trains and the Mark Twain Riverboat use biodiesel made with used cooking oil from kitchens found inside the parks. This process eliminates approximately 200,000 gallons of petroleum diesel use per year.


Additionally, lighting has been upgraded throughout the Resort to energy-efficient LEDs. In fact, Sleeping Beauty Castle is illuminated year-round entirely by LEDs!


Disneyland Paris
As part of Disneyland Paris’ commitment to sustainable development, an innovative geothermal facility, located at Villages Nature Paris, uses naturally occurring underground heat and steam to help power the theme parks and resorts. Additionally, Disneyland Paris is the only European theme park to have its own waste water treatment and recycling plant.


Shanghai Disney Resort
At Shanghai Disney Resort, Cast Members engaged with a self-guided tour of its eco-friendly, Wishing Star Park, where the 106th species of bird was recently sighted. Additionally, the team shared facts about native Chinese species and conservation work done in partnership with Disney Conservation Fund.


Did you know that Wishing Star Lake also has a powerful water treatment plant that recycles and purifies its water? In addition to ecological benefits, the lake water is also used to irrigate resort vegetation.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has on-site wood chippers that handle yard waste, including chippings and clippings from bushes and shrubs, turning plant materials into organic mulches. These wood chippers have allowed the Resort to reduce 830 tons of waste in 2019!


Additionally, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has an inventive food waste recycling program. Last year, the Resort sent 770 tons of food scraps to a government-owned anaerobic digestion facility, where food waste is converted into energy!

Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney Resort is committed to protecting nature and its resources for future generations by setting aside one-sixth of its total theme park area for greenery. Additionally, did you know that the Resort uses LEDs to illuminate “it’s a small world,” Cinderella’s Castle, Mount Prometheus, evening parade floats and much more?


Tokyo Disney Resort also has a rigorous waste sorting process, in which Cast Members sort waste in accordance with detailed sorting criteria to recycle as much waste as possible.

Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line is also dedicated to minimizing its impact on the environment through increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste, and promoting conservation worldwide.


Disney Cruise Line has reduced the amount of single-use plastics found onboard, eliminating items such as plastic straws, travel-size bathroom amenity bottles, cutlery, stirrers, shopping bags, and condiment packets. Additionally, the environmental programs of Disney Cruise Line have eliminated more than 6,400 tons of metals, glass, plastic and paper through recycling, and removed more than 31,000 pounds of debris from beaches and waterways.

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