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The Mouse goes green

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Published: May 20, 2008 at 9:23 AM

The Orlando Business Journal is reporting that all hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort have been certified "green" by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This certification involves reducing the energy used by appliances and lighting as well as putting measures in place to reduce water usage. I am all for companies being responsible citizens, but my question is will this knowledge affect your decision on whether or not to stay on property at the resort in the future?

[Here is the list of all designated Green Lodging hotels in Central Florida, according to the state. FWIW, the three Universal Orlando hotels and the Renaissance at SeaWorld also are all on the list. - Editor]

Readers' Opinions

From Amanda Jenkins on May 20, 2008 at 12:26 PM
I think it is great that Disney is trying to help out "green" wise. I personally don't check when booking a trip if the resort or hotel I choose is keeping up environmentally or not. We are staying at the Contemporary in Sept. and the only thing that will bother my husband and me will be the water pressure. But usually most hotels have little water pressure to begin with in my opinion. It is nice though to see that Disney is doing their part for the environment and of course I am sure that they will not mind having lower utility bills.
From Brandon Mendoza on May 20, 2008 at 10:51 PM
Too bad more theme parks aren't following in suit yet! I hope they all do though. It doesn't hurt to go green in the long run.
From Anthony Murphy on May 21, 2008 at 8:29 AM
Disney has always been very "Green" in the past. Since the beginning of the 90s, they were doing something like Enviromagic or something like that.

Some things I learned about Disney being "Green" from the Backstage Magic Tour.

They go through the trash and take out recyclbles

They use up all the waste that is used at the park in fertilizer

From Joshua Counsil on May 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM
My buddy's dad and I got in an argument about this. We had just watched Illuminations, and he was saying that as a minister of the environment, he could shut down that show for the amount of pollution it causes. I fought back about how Disney tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and this article helps to prove that.

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