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Transcript of Disneyland
The History of Walt Disney
The brilliant Walt Disney, innovator and pioneer, was born of humble beginnings in Chicago, Illinois. After joining the Red Cross and spending some time overseas, Disney traveled to Kansas City to work as an advertising cartoonist. In 1923, Walt traveled to Hollywood to begin his 43 year long career in the film industry. With one of the most vivid imaginations of the 20th centuries, Walt created a legacy that has lived on in the people who still remember his contributions to the world, which included more than 950 honors and citations from every nation in the world, including 48 Academy Awards and 7 Emmys in his lifetime. Disney, or Uncle Walt as is his nickname, started his whole career on the back of the most famous mouse there is, Mickey Mouse. From his drawings of the mouse, Walt had an idea and a dream that would become a reality for him and in 1955, a park opened in Anaheim, California that would forever change the name of Disney.
The History of Disneyland
In 1955, Disneyland opened on a budget of 17 million dollars and on an area of land covering roughly 160 acres. After clearing the orange groves, Walt Disney's dream started to feel real as the different parts of the park, Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Advetureland, and Fantasyland began to come together. With its 20 different attractions Disneyland had a hell of an opening day. With the plumbers strike, freshly laid tar, broken down rides, a gas leak, running out of food and drinks at the refreshments stands, the extra 17,000 people in attendance, and the record heat wave truly made the park seem almost inoperable. The public opening was much more smoothly as Walt and his staff worked out all the kinks and never looked back.
Involved with the Environment
Disneyland is interested in creating a green-industry. Already concerned with conserving water and energy and an increased reduction in waste, Disneyland is going through many new changes to become more environmentally friendly . Here are some of their long-term goals from 2009:
achieve zero net direct greenhouse gas emissions
reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from electricity consumption
send zero waste to landfills
have a net positive impact on ecosystems
minimize water use
minimize product footprint.
Nature's Creatures are Important Too
What is their progress as of today?
In 2012, Disneyland achieved 50% of its long-term goal of zero net direct greenhouse gas emissions. Disneyland was able to "retire" 433,677 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2012 through different processes.
The Disney Corporation placed an internal price on all carbon to encourage environmental innovation.
Finally the Disney Corporation initiated a variety of forestry projects to sequester carbon dioxide. In Peru, deforestation is a huge problem. The Disney Corporation initiated a project to help reduce the deforestation thus combating climate change as well as regulating water and preventing soil erosion in that area.
Disneyland innovators have come up with different ways for park goers to be part of the movement.
Recycling has become a major push for all people involved.
Rides, like the Disneyland Railroad, pictured here, run on biodiesel fuel manufactured from cooking oil used at the restaurants around the resort.
Water conservation through sending their used water to water filtration centers instead of to the ocean.
Disneyland has changed with the times and has gotten bigger and bigger over the years. From its humble beginnings about 58 years ago, Walt Disney's dream has grown to 7 different parks and recreation areas around the world, including cruise lines. In California, Disneyland has expanded to multiple lands and a park has opened about California itself. With its many contributions to the world, I do not believe Disneyland is going to go anywhere, anytime soon.
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