Eco-Friendly Southern California Theme Parks
On Tuesday April 22, 2014, we celebrate Earth Day. On this day we take a moment to appreciate the Earth’s natural environment and inspire others to practice sustainability and protect the environment that we live in.
Living sustainably or being “green” is something that should be practiced every day of the year. Luckily, many of the Anaheim/OC attractions and theme parks make being green a priority. Keep reading to find out how your favorite theme parks protect and preserve Mother Earth!
The Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Railroad and the Mark Twain Riverboat are powered by biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil – used to make french fries and other foods – from the resort’s kitchens. This eliminates the use of 200,000 gallons of petroleum diesel on average per year!
At the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction, 30 tons of crushed recycled glass was mixed with an organic epoxy to create the underwater shimmer effect.
As a part of the Disney California Adventure Park expansion, more than 174,000 pounds of various items were removed during construction and rather than thrown into landfills, the items were donated to local organizations, the city of Anaheim and state museums. These items include basketball hoops, merchandise fixtures, the "California" letters, a giant metal sun and the California Zephyr train. All demolished asphalt, wood, steal and concrete waste also was sorted and recycled.
Check out more Disneyland Resort conservation efforts here.
Universal Studios Hollywood
At Universal Studios Hollywood, 100% of all cardboard is recycled, eco-friendly cleaning products are used in all kitchens and restaurants, and an effective solar panel system generates enough power to sustain nearly 1,400 homes per day!
The attractions are energy-saving too: The Simpsons Ride employs an “on-demand” hydraulic power system and efficient lighting and tour trams are powered by cleaner-burning, more efficient diesel technologies.
All of the vegetation recycled within LEGOLAND California Resort is used to make mulch and compost for landscaping the entire 128-acre family theme park.
Trashcans, recycling bins and benches throughout LEGOLAND Water Park are all made of recycled milk jugs.
The “Green Wave Committee” is a group of employees at LEGOLAND who are dedicated to creating a cleaner, more eco-friendly environment for both the staff and Park guests. They participate in many green activities including beach cleanups, e-waste recycling events, can collections and other volunteer activities.
Whether you are visiting these theme parks from near or far, it’s good to know that each one practices sustainability and aims to protect the environment through daily operations.
Want more information about green initiatives in Anaheim/Orange County? Here are a few more resources to inspire you this Earth Day: