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How Disney Is Making Its Parks More Eco-Friendly

By Kristin Hunt

Over the past year, the Walt Disney Company has announced multiple initiatives designed to make its world famous amusement parks more sustainable. The plans include big investments in renewable energy, a major reduction in waste, power-saving light displays, and much more — and visitors won't have to wait long to see these changes. According to a new report from The New York Times, Disney is preparing to debut some of its eco-friendly updates by the end of the year. But since this is a very big company with very big parks, here's a breakdown of exactly what the House of Mouse is doing to help the planet:

Switching To Solar Power

Disney World is reportedly months away from unveiling its 50-megawatt solar facility, which will power two of the four parks in central Florida. The site stretches over 270 acres right outside the Magic Kingdom, and will generate enough energy to power 10,000 homes per year — or reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons annually. With these savings, Disney hopes to hit its wider goal of reducing net emissions by 50 percent in 2020.