Recently, The Disney Parks Blog shared that if 5,000 votes were cast for the Disneyland Resort’s annual Environmentality Art Challenge by Earth Day, the Pixar Pal-A-Round would be lit green on Earth Day. As it turned out the guests and cast of the Disneyland Resort exceeded expectations as they more than doubled their original goal.
Keeping their promise, the Pixar Pal-A-Round was lit in all green to celebrate Earth Day. Here are some pictures of the iconic wheel in a green glow.
While turning the Pixar Pal-A-Round green is fun, the Disneyland Resort celebrates environmentality with various initiatives. Here are some examples:
- The recycling efforts at the Disneyland Resort include more than 650 themed recycling cans throughout parks, hotels and Downtown Disney
- The Disneyland Railroad steam trains and Mark Twain Riverboat use biodiesel made from used cooking oil from Resort kitchens to fuel their steam boilers, eliminating 200,000 gallons of petroleum diesel use per year.
- As part of the original design of Disneyland park in 1955, two-thirds of the storm drains at Disneyland park flow to one of a number of interconnected waterways, including the Rivers of America, Storybook Land canals, Castle Moat and Jungle Cruise. The system retains a great deal of storm water while providing natural biological treatment.
- Drought-tolerant plants can be found throughout the Disneyland Resort and make up a vast majority of the landscape in several lands and attractions, including Cars Land, Frontierland, Autopia and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
- A 40,000-square-foot solar array atop Radiator Springs Racers uses the power of the sun to generate electricity for Disney California Adventure park – an amount equivalent to the energy used to power 100 Anaheim homes each year.
While Earth Day and Earth Month are coming to an end, the Disneyland Resort continues to walk the walk with new initiatives such as transitioning to multi-use toiletries in hotel rooms and encouraging the use of reusable merchandise bags.