Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating Earth Day with a behind-the-scenes look at the brand new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility that’s helping to power multiple theme parks.
Built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar developer Origis Energy USA, the facility is expected to generate enough renewable clean energy to operate two of Disney’s four theme parks in Central Florida annually, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year.
A team of Disney environmental and horticulture experts collaborated to help make more than two-thirds of the facility pollinator friendly, with the goal of creating a nurturing and welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and other insects, including endangered and at-risk species. This team is also managing and monitoring an experimental test garden at the facility. This research will help determine the ideal combination of native plants and soil for pollinators.
The effort to safeguard endangered pollinators aligns with the Disney Conservation Fund’s ongoing focus on saving wildlife, including butterflies.
This new facility represents the largest endeavor in solar energy to date for Disney’s global theme park operations.