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Walt’s Legacy of Protecting the Environment is Part of the Story at New Disney’s Art of Animation Resort


Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, including the just opened Lion King wing, taps into Disney’s rich legacy of beloved characters and stories. It also taps into another part of the Disney legacy; a commitment to conservation and the environment that began with our company’s founder, Walt Disney, and is a key focus of our present and future.

A few of the environmental enhancements at the new resort include:


  • Reusable plates and utensils in the Landscape of Flavors food court.
  • Recycle bins in key locations in the resort’s public areas (the most for any resort on property) and, of course, recycle bins in every guest room.
  • Environmental information integrated into cast members’ overall training and guidelines.


Walt Disney World Resort maintains the state of Florida’s Green Lodging designation for all of its resort hotels. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn was among the first resorts in Florida to receive the designation when the program launched in 2004. As our newest resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be undergoing the process required to achieve this designation after the final wing of the resort, themed after “The Little Mermaid,” opens in September. To achieve the Green Lodging designation, resorts must focus on five categories: water conservation, education and awareness, waste reduction, energy conservation and indoor air quality.

To find out more about Disney’s environmental and conservation efforts, visit

For more information on Disney conservation, check out the Wildlife Wednesdays series:


  • Great job Disney! We’ll be staying in the new Little Mermaid section when we visit again in the spring. We’ll definately make use of the recyling bins. I love the idea of using real silverware and not plastic in the food court. I realize it means washing them, but they don’t end up in the landfill after only one (or sometimes none) use.

    • I’m so glad you’re excited about the environmental enhancements, and I’m inspired by your commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle!

  • This is truly wonderful news! When my wife and I went to WDW in 2009 we had only a couple of complaints. One was lack of vegetarian options (my wife is a vegetarian) and recycling locations. It’s been wonderful to see all the changes to the menus in the past couple of years and I am even more excited to hear about the increase in recycling locations at the resort hotels!

    Keep up the great work!

  • These are amazing ideas! I especially love the recycling bins in the rooms. We are checking in to Finding Nemo in 30 days! And we are looking forward to all of these extra special details that Disney has put together for the newest resort! 😀

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