Disneyland has done what it has needed to do to stay popular in the eye of the public. It has adopted green policies, such as using biodiesel, recycled glass, and magnetic coils in place of more harmful substances. Which is all great. However, the history of Disney Corp. is a dark one of corporate irresponsibility, ruthlessness, and shameless urban expansion.
With the launch of Disneyland, Walt Disney brough big business to Anaheim, mowing down trees and small business owners along the way. Disney, along with Ray Kroc at McDonalds, paved the way for the corporate-ordered society in which we live today.
Ed Grier, president of the Disneyland resort, has stated, “We are constantly looking for new ways to be more environmentally-friendly in and around our property. We are committed to doing our part to ensure that we protect the environment for our children and future generations.”
In 2007, the steam locomotives on the Disneyland Railroad began running on B98 biodiesel, which is made from 98 percent soybean oil and 2 percent diesel. Using biodiesel saves them up to 150,000 gallons of fuel annually in addition to significantly reducing emissions.
The “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” now has submarines with zero-emission electric engines, and the scenery now includes 30 tons of recycled glass.
Also, Disneyland encourages recycling among its guests.
Just wanted to add that this does not necessarily make Disneyland a green organization, but they have taken steps to lessen the park’s effects on the environment. Large theme parks tend to create a great deal of waste and I do not know how the employees there are treated.
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