Disneyland Paris Celebrates Earth Month
Efforts include inspiring guests with a unique nighttime castle projection pre-show and by taking action around six areas with a long-term focus.
Disneyland Paris, Europe’s number one tourist destination, is celebrating Earth Month in its Parks throughout April, continuing Disney’s longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship. From an exclusive and inspiring castle projection show driven by the elegance and wonder of Disneynature films to a practical focus on six commitments, the goal is to make a difference for the future.
Throughout the year the company works to take action in six different focus areas including reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GES), moving towards sustainable waste management, conserving water resources, protecting and enriching biodiversity, developing a responsible supply chain and supporting global actions to preserve the environment for the future. This month Disneyland Paris will move forward in eliminating single-use plastic waste, a commitment announced last summer.
“As we celebrate Earth Day, the protection of our environment is not only deeply rooted in our brand DNA, but it is also a lasting commitment of our company as we aim to reduce our environmental impact – a critical part of our strategic vision for the years to come,” said Natacha Rafalski, Présidente of Disneyland Paris. “To inspire an environmentally-friendly mindset, we have teamed with Disneynature to create a unique nighttime spectacular presented every evening on Sleeping Beauty Castle as part of Disney Illuminations.”
A unique celebration of nature at Disneyland Paris
For the fourth year in a row, Disneyland Paris and Disneynature together present a unique celebration of nature prior to the nighttime spectacular Disney Illuminations. Showing exclusively through April 30, 2019, inspiring scenes from Disneynature films are projected on Sleeping Beauty Castle, turning Disneyland Park into a celebration of the wonders of nature. Scenes from Disneynature films, including Grizzly, Born in China, The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos and even Oceans are a part of this unique spectacular available for a limited time only.
Preserving the environment for the future by reducing single-use plastic waste
In July 2018, The Walt Disney Company announced its commitment to reducing single-use plastic waste. As part of this commitment, Disneyland Paris is replacing plastic straws and stirrers with 100 percent biodegradable paper straws starting April 18, which will be distributed by guest request.
A week later, reusable shopping bags will also be introduced in all shops throughout the French destination. Sold at a low price and made out of 80 percent recycled plastic fibers, these new reusable shopping bags will be available starting April 23.
Since January 2018, five Disneyland Paris hotels have been participating in a voluntary French national program for highlighting standards of sustainable business practices. As part of this program and in line with other Disney Destinations around the world, Disneyland Paris will implement refillable amenities in specific hotels as of June this year, thus further reducing plastic items in guest rooms by 80 percent.
Environmental stewardship, a strong commitment for Disneyland Paris
Reducing Emissions (GES)
Since Disneyland Paris’s commitment to sustainable development in the region, an innovative geothermal facility based at Villages Nature Paris, one of the two Disney Nature Resorts, is now linked to the Disney Parks. It utilizes naturally occurring underground heat and steam, to help power the two theme parks and other resort areas. Geothermal energy has been used to cover the heating needs for sanitary hot water and heating system of the Disney Parks and Disneyland Hotel since February 2018.
Fact: Geothermal energy represents the equivalent of 20 GWh of natural gas consumption per year.
The company is also looking to implement solar panels across the main Disneyland Paris guests parking lot. The plan is currently under review and aims at increasing the percentage of renewable energy utilized for running the tourism destination.
Additionally, contributing to the conservation of energy throughout Disneyland Paris, existing lighting is being replaced by LED-lighting along with new state of the art LED projectors for shows and parades. Cleaner fuel alternatives also power parade floats and various attraction vehicles. The vehicles of the attraction Autopia are also being replaced by hybrid cars in order to be more eco-friendly. In backstage areas, most all internal buses meet the “Euro 6” standard, currently the most demanding in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.
Fact: Disneyland Paris has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 13.5% since 2012.
Two teams are fully dedicated to waste management, and every day, they follow the company’s goals in terms of prevention and diversion of waste including recycling, composting and biomethanization. For instance, containers, bins and specific waste compactors are available throughout backstage areas to collect and sort more than 20 different categories of operational waste.
Fact: By 2020, Disneyland Paris is expected to reach a 60% operational waste diversion rate.
Disneyland Paris is the only European theme park to have its own waste water treatment and recycling plant, in operation since 2013. The station produces 2.100m3 of water per day to fill the Disney Parks and Disney Village waterways, the irrigation system (including Golf Disneyland) and the Central Energy Plant’s cooling towers.
Fact: The station has helped Disneyland Paris to save great amounts of water: 1.523.058m3 have been saved in five years, representing the equivalent of the annual consumption of 12.692 French families.
At Disneyland Paris, the Horticulture team and its 130 gardeners and arborists bring innovative and sustainable initiatives to encourage biodiversity across the resort. Every day, more than 250 hectares of green space are looked after to preserve the local heritage and to ensure that Disneyland Paris always looks pristine without disturbing the existing biodiversity.
Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne is home to a vegetable garden called “Le Potager de Rémy” of 240m² with 15 different varieties of organic vegetable, fruits and herbs. Selected products of this garden supply some of the destination’s restaurants.
Disneyland Paris also has three apiaries that help to reinforce natural pollination. Every year, these apiaries produce 3,000 Disneyland Paris honey pots that are sold in our shops.
Fact: At Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, sheep belonging to a rustic and protected species called “moutons d’Ouessant” help to eco-graze 7ha of green spaces. Hens of the French breed called “Noire du Berry” help to protect the apiaries.
Inspiring actions for future generations
Disneyland Paris gives back to the community by supporting environmental initiatives for children to encourage and raise awareness about nature conservation. Thanks to the Disney VoluntEARS, children will participate in hands-on educational workshops with the horticulture team on April 17.
Additionally, in backstage areas, Disneyland Paris organizes workshops for its Cast Members to inspire them into taking actions in favor of the six areas of its environmental stewardship.
Celebrate Earth Month at Disneyland Paris thru April 30, 2019.