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Disney developing new solar facilities at Walt Disney World

Disney is taking measures to reduce its carbon footprint at its theme parks, and has unveiled new solar facilities at Walt Disney World to mark Earth Day.

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Disney’s theme parks in Hong Kong, California and Tokyo are already using solar panels, and the company is working on sustainable projects in Paris and Florida.

As previously reported, Disneyland Paris is building one of Europe’s largest solar canopy energy projects. In collaboration with Urbasolar, the canopies will use 67,500 solar panels atop an outdoor parking lot.

Walt Disney World Resort is developing a solar farm in the shape of Mickey Mouse, as well as two new 75MW solar facilities, set to come online in around two years.

The new solar facilities are the result of a partnership between Disney World, Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) and local utility partners in Central Florida.

Mickey Mouse solar farm

Combined, these projects will produce enough renewable energy to power up to 40 percent of Walt Disney World’s total annual energy consumption.

In addition, Disney Cruise Line will soon bring online 4,320 solar panels at Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas, providing 70 percent of the location’s power.

Hong Kong Disneyland is also home to the single largest solar panel site in Hong Kong. The theme park has installed more than 5,000 solar panels across 20 attractions and buildings.

In California, Disneyland Resort includes 1,400 solar panels on top of Radiator Springs Racers, and solar panels are installed across Tokyo Disney Resort.

Disney Parks solar panels

In short, Disney’s solar portfolio across the globe can produce enough energy to power eight Magic Kingdom Parks at Walt Disney World Resort.

Blooloop is donating to Earth Day’s climate literacy and canopy projects via greenloop, our new conference on sustainability in visitor attractions.

Walt Disney Imagineering’s Emily Dow discussed embedding sustainability at greenloop – a recording of each session will be available to ticket holders for one month after the event.

Disney has already eliminated single-use plastics at its parks, and has introduced vegan, plant-based options to all dining locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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