Walt Disney World Resort will be riding on twice the sunshine

by Susan and Simon Veness

Walt Disney World is expanding its solar capacity, adding two new solar arrays to their clean-energy arsenal, which will boost their sun-driven power by 40 percent.

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With Earth Month (April) in full swing, and with the April 4, 2022 launch of Disney Planet Possible, Disney has doubled-down on their commitment to solar energy and eco-awareness by announcing two new arrays that will reduce Walt Disney World Resort’s carbon footprint and power even more rides, attractions, and locations at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Walt Disney World doubles ways to power the magic

Disney Doubles Ways To Power Magic With 2 New Solar Arrays | Walt Disney World
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Separate arrays on land totaling more than 1,000 acres will be located in Gilchrist County and Polk County, helping to ensure the full 75 megawatt capability of each array can be harnessed as often as possible when the Sunshine States spotty rain showers come through. When it’s rainy or overcast in one area, the other area may remain sunny, ensuring the best chance at continued solar ray gathering.

The expansion bumps Disney up to one of the largest commercial consumers of solar in Florida, and moves them firmly along the track toward their 2030 goal of achieving net-zero emissions.

Combined, the two arrays will add nearly half a million solar panels for a capacity of over 375,000 megawatt hours of carbon-free solar energy in their first full year of operation. Both arrays should be online by early 2023.

The Disney Parks Blog states it will share more information about Disney’s solar energy initiatives “as we picture what’s possible when we continue our work together building a brighter, more sustainable future so that people, plants, and animals all have a thriving place to call home.”


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