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Disney's cooking with gas -- literally (okay, sort of)

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Published: January 29, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Here's a fun story about theme parks recycling; Disneyland yesterday completed the conversion of its locomotives from diesel fuel to "biodiesel," in other words, used frying oil from the resort's restaurants.

So that oil that fried your chicken nuggets in New Orleans Square someday later will be powering your trip around the park back to the front gate.

Disney's fry oil has been in the news before, when the company announced that it was joining others in the food service industry in switching to oil without harmful trans fat.

Here's a full story from the Orange County Register. You may submit your best jokes/puns below.

Readers' Opinions

From Gareth H on January 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM
Perhaps they'll put a fast food outlet right by the exit.
As you take your train ride to the gate, the smell of the used fry oil wafting up your nose may make you a lil hungry.

Thats one way for Disney to regain a little of you $$$ with gate attendance down!!!

(Perhaps the kids will change the train noise from Choo Choo, to Chew Chew)

From Anthony Murphy on January 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM
Sounds good actually! I always wondered how Disney got around the fact that their trains aren't that enviromentally friendly. Sounds like an interesting idea. I think a good article for the site around Earth Day is what theme parks are doing to be enviromentally friendly. I know Disney makes a big deal about it, but I am sure others do it as well!
From TH Creative on January 29, 2009 at 5:17 PM
I swear Robert, I really tried. But I got nothin'.
From James Rao on January 29, 2009 at 5:45 PM
Excellent idea. I guess I should not be bothered that the cooking oil used in my food is also acceptable for use in a train. I should just accept it and move on as I think about the great, big Circle of Life.

Toot! Toot!

From Robert Niles on January 29, 2009 at 6:12 PM
C'mon, TH, are you feeling a little fried?

("Chew chew" train was a nice one, BTW.)

I really thought this would be easier.

From Joshua Counsil on January 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM
Propane Street, U.S.A. will be the gateway to Sleeping Butane Castle.
From Gareth H on January 29, 2009 at 9:51 PM
Sitting here watching King of the Hill, looking at this thread and seeing the Propane Street remarks. Hmm, since King of the Hill was recently dropped by Fox, perhaps ABC can pick it up, promote at Disney and he can drive the trains!!!

He can sell us Propane, and "Propane accessories" as we ride the Chew Chew Train!!!
Bobby could be an annoying little station master and Peggy can run around in a Princess Dress, trying to sell herself as more attrative than them!!

From Joshua Counsil on January 30, 2009 at 2:32 AM
I love King of the Hill - Hank is one of the wisest characters to ever grace television. Shame on Fox for dropping that show.
From Eric Malone on January 30, 2009 at 6:26 AM
Not the first time Fox has dropped a great show, but hey. As for the gas thing.. I have to say, that does make me chuckle a bit. The fact that the oil used to cook my food is acceptable for trains.. like the aforementioned poster said.
From Dan Babbitt on January 31, 2009 at 9:37 PM
Maybe they Disney can team up with another fast food franchise and rename Sleeping Beauty Castle to
"The Burger Kings's Castle"

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