The Walt Disney Company seeks resource resiliency

In its 94th year, the Walt Disney Company earned $59.4 billion in FY 2018 and $55.1 billion in FY 2017.[1]

While achieving those earnings, the company committed to diverting 60% of waste from landfills and incineration. In 2017, 46% of operational waste was diverted from Theme Parks, Resorts, ESPN, Studios, and office locations. At existing sites, potable water consumption was maintained at 2013 levels. Disney theme parks and resorts used 129 million gallons less potable water in 2017 than in the previous year. Approaching their goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions 50% from 2012 to 2020, the company reached the 41% mark in 2017.[2]

In 2018 and beyond, Walt Disney Company environmental initiatives will continue through investments in renewable energy, energy conservation, and carbon offsets.


Significant solar energy investments have been made at the company’s Florida and California properties.

Walt Disney World Resort (WDW)
Cinderella Castle Fireworks

A 50-megawatt solar power facility is scheduled to open by the end of the year. Located near the World Drive and Epcot Center Drive interchange, the Disney Solar Power Farm has more than a half-million solar panels, arranged in a huge ‘Hidden Mickey’ configuration.

Disney estimates that the solar farm will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year. That is comparable to the emissions produced by 9,300 automobiles.[3]

Not far from the solar farm, ChargePoint Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) have been installed at the Epcot guest parking lot. Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park also have charging stations, and installation is in-progress at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At Disney Springs, charging stations are available on the fifth floors of the Lime and Orange garages. [4]

Grand Central Creative Campus (GC3)

Disney’s GC3 in Glendale, California has installed a 460-kilowatt solar system which supplies 12% of the power required in its new parking structure.[5]

Disneyland Resort

Most guests at Disney’s California Adventure guests do not see the rooftop solar panels installed above the Radiator Springs Racers attraction. More than 1,400 panels for a 40,000 square foot array. These provide electricity that is equivalent to the power consumption of 100 homes.[6]

The steam trains that circle Disneyland Park are powered by a much different source of renewable energy: cooking oil.[7]


Disney Fantasy

The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) fleet conserves energy by strategic design. Heating, cooling, and venting needs have been reduced 25% through use of heat-reflective paint and generous insulation.

The newest DCL ships have a range of energy-saving features. 80,000 LED or fluorescent lights require less current than incandescent bulbs.

Below the waterline, energy needs are reduced by a propeller and rudder that work together. A non-toxic coating reduces surface resistance.[8]


Since 2009, the Walt Disney Company has invested $35.5 million in forest conservation and management, and worldwide reforestation. Each business segment participates in carbon offsets by contributing to the Disney Climate Solutions Fund. Segments with lower greenhouse gas emissions have lower required payments to the fund.[9]


[3] Environment
[8] PDF posted on
[9] Environmental Impact

Alexa Stone
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