So, it's nice to know that the company's commitment to "only the best will do" goes beyond the realm of theme parks, movies, and iconic character marketing. The Disney company is very involved in conservation, world-wide.
From Disney's own web site we've gleaned some fun facts about its very serious involvement in the well-being of our world.
- Decades ago Walt Disney started making movies about animals, called "True Life Adventures." The very first one, "Seal Island," won an Oscar in 1948 for Best Documentary.
- In 1993 the Disney company purchased 8,500 acres in central Florida, and donated it to the Nature Conservancy to create the Disney Wilderness Preserve. Home to many protected birds and animals, the Environmental Agency calls this preserve "a model for sustainable development."
- Walt Disney World made so many improvements to save energy through out the Parks that it was enough to power Animal Kingdom when it opened in 1998.
- The trains at Disneyland are powered by biodiesel, a fuel that is made from recycling the cooking oils from Disneyland's restaurants.
- Thousands of bright lights cover the castles at the Disney parks, but because they are energy-efficient LED bulbs, one castle's 170,000 lights use only the amount of electricity it would take to power 12 microwave ovens.
- In the U.S. parks alone Disney has kept almost 200 million pounds of waste out of the landfills by recycling, reusing, and donating. A spokesperson says that is equivalent to 666,666 baby elephants!
(Photo credit disney.com/conservation)