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Florida Guide > Disney General

Disney Fun facts – Part 1

Here are some not so well known facts and figures about Walt Disney World.

The “talking, walking” Palm tree at the entrance to Animal Kingdom actually rolls, he is hysterical and makes funny comments to people going in and out of the park. If you look around you can usually see the cast member with the remote and microphone. This is the same technology as the "walking, talking" trash can that can be seen at other parks including Epcot.

When building the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, the original tower was supposed to be much taller than the one there today. A taller tower (over 200ft) would have had to have a blinking light at the top for planes. Disney thought this would ruin the effect of the theme of the ride, so they decided to build it just under the height (199ft) required for the blinking light.

Covering 47 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of San Francisco or two of Manhattan’s islands. Of the more than 30,000 acres, less than one-quarter has been developed, with another quarter designated as a permanent wilderness preserve.

It takes more than 54,000 cast members to create the magic at the Walt Disney World. Not surprisingly, Walt Disney World Resort is the largest single-site employer in the United States.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has got to do it. If you were to wash and dry one load of laundry every day for 44 years, you would have washed as much as the staff at the Walt Disney World Laundry does in a single day. The cast members there launder an average of 240,000lbs each day. In addition, between 30,000 and 32,000 garments are dry-cleaned daily.

Did you know that Walt Disney World recycles all the human waste from the parks and hotels. The solid and liquids are separated and the solids are used as fertilizer on the tree farm, where all the trees for the parks are grown. The liquids are then cleaned naturally by growing hydrangeas in them and then the water is sent off to the sprinkler system. When you look around, you'll see little signs that say "THIS IS NOT DRINKING WATER!" Now you know what they really mean by that!

All the trash at Walt Disney World is sorted by hand to pull out recyclables such as aluminum cans (Disney has to recycle a minimum of 25% of its trash). Another 50% or so is used in incinerators to generate 1/3 of Walt Disney World’s electricity.

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