Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction

Alternative Fuels

  • The Disneyland Railroad steam trains and Mark Twain Riverboat use biodiesel made from used cooking oil from Resort kitchens to fuel their steam boilers, eliminating 200,000 gallons of petroleum diesel use per year.
  • Environment_TramCleaner-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) is used to power the following vehicles at the Disneyland Resort:
    • Sixteen guest parking lot trams, eliminating approximately 56,000 gallons of diesel use per year.
    • Various attraction vehicles, including Sailing Ship Columbia, Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island, Jungle Cruise boats and the Main Street, U.S.A. vehicles.
    • Cast member parking lot shuttles, Toy Story parking lot shuttles and back-of-house trams.
  • In addition to many attraction ride systems, the following vehicles do not release any harmful emissions into the air:
    • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage submarines use magnetic coils to propel the subs, eliminating the use of hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel each year.
    • Since it debuted at the Disneyland Resort, the Disneyland Monorail has been powered by electricity, emitting zero direct emissions.
    • All parade floats are electrically powered and approximately 350 electric vehicles and 30 clean fuel vehicles are used back-of-house by our cast.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

  • Environment_EVMore than 100 ChargePoint electric vehicle charging ports are available for guests and cast members including in the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure and the Team Disney Anaheim parking structure.
  • In 2017, Disneyland Resort electric vehicle chargers generates enough electricity to save over 600,000 miles worth of gas.

Lighting and Energy

  • In many areas of the Resort, lighting has been upgraded to energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) lighting, which lasts 10 times longer and uses 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent light bulbs. Examples include Sleeping Beauty Castle, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Ornament Valley in Cars Land.
  • Disneyland Resort theatrical lighting for shows, including “Fantasmic!” and “World of Color.”
  • Attraction and atmosphere lighting, including the Cars Land mountain range, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, interior lighting in Space Mountain and the Matterhorn, as well as Pixie Hollow in Disneyland park, which features 25,000 LED fixtures and 1,000 LED strobe lights.
  • A 40,000-square-foot solar array atop Radiator Springs Racers uses the power of the sun to generate electricity for Disney California Adventure park – an amount equivalent to the energy used to power 100 Anaheim homes each year.
  • Centralized energy management systems control lighting and indoor air temperature for maximum energy efficiency, based on companywide energy policies and operational requirements.

Equipment, New Buildings and Renovations

  • A thermal energy storage tank provides a more energy-efficient cooling process for buildings inside Disney California Adventure park. The tank runs overnight, creating chilled water that is stored for use the next day for air-conditioning needs throughout the park.
  • Disneyland Resort opened a 10,000-square-foot central bakery designed with numerous state-of-the-art improvements and environmentally friendly features, including rooftop solar panels, solar tubes that provide natural lighting and ice makers that form a block of ice during the night and send chilled water to the air conditioning system to cool the building during the day.
  • Environment_DLHAs part of the recent Disneyland Hotel renovation, the following features were incorporated to improve energy efficiency:
    • Tinted, double-paned glass windows.
    • Programmable in-room thermostats with motion sensors.
    • Energy Star-rated refrigerators and television sets.
    • Energy-efficient lighting in guest rooms and throughout the property.