Disney World Continues Pushing to Be 40% Solar Powered By 2023

April 22nd is Earth Day, which is such a big deal at Disney World, Animal Kingdom celebrates for an entire week!

Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom

While you’ll be able to participate in some Earth Day activities in Animal Kingdom this month, Disney is taking some big steps into solar energy. 

As we have shared before, Disney World is adding two 75-megawatt solar panels that will be able to generate 40% of the resort’s electricity when combined with existing infrastructure. And according to Good Morning America, Disney World is still aiming to hit this goal by 2023.


“This latest step will help us further accomplish our goal of net zero emissions by 2030,” Jeff Vahle, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, told ABC News. “Our commitment to the environment goes beyond imagining a brighter, more sustainable future by putting possibility into practice to ensure a happier, healthier planet for all.”

Disney World currently has two smaller solar energy systems that generate about 10% of the electricity for the resort. These new panels will not be located on Disney property in Orlando; one will be located in Polk County, and the other will be in Gilchrist County. They are located off-property so they can continue to generate electricity, even if the weather is rainy in Orlando. They are expected to come online by early next year.

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Disney has also installed solar panels in Castaway Cay, their private island, and in Hong Kong Disneyland. Disney is also award-winning when it comes to its trash and has “diverted 61% of total Company operational waste from landfills,” according to the Walt Disney Company website.

Trash Cans

Disney also operates the Disney Conservation Fund, which has invested more than $120 million to protect endangered species. Disney Conservation Team Wildlife, a team of Cast Members at Disney properties that seeks to preserve biodiversity, is working to protect and provide habitats for species like the purple martins in Florida, monarch butterflies in California, the coral reef at Castaway Cay, and sea turtles at the Vero Beach Resort.

Castaway Cay

These efforts make up something called Disney Planet Possible, which is the concrete actions Disney is taking to become more sustainable. Make sure to keep reading DFB for all the latest!

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