Disney Poised to Remove Plastics from Parks, Hotels

Travel size toiletries, plastic straws and shopping bags are just a few things that will soon disappear from Disney theme parks and hotels.  

Toiletries

Disney has announced plans to remove a variety of plastic products from its theme park businesses.  

Plastics in hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins will be reduced by an estimated 80% with the elimination of single-use bottles of shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion and more. Disney resorts and cruise ships will transition to refillable bottles of these products. 

The refillable bottles were tested nearly a year ago at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter.

Disney claims this transition will occur "over the next few years." 

Meanwhile. single-use plastic straws and coffee stirrers will be removed from its dining venues, a project slated for completion by mid-2019.  Polystyrene cups are also on the chopping block, along with plastic shopping bags distributed at theme park and resort gift shops.  Reusable bags will be available for purchase at a nominal fee.  

Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products claims these moves further reflect Disney's commitment to conservation efforts around the globe, stating "these new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

Disney aims to eliminate more than 175 million single-use plastic beverage straws and 13 million coffee stirrers.  In 2017, net greenhouse gas emissions were reduced 41% companywide and 50% of waste was diverted from landfills and incineration.  

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Disney Poised to Remove Plastics from Parks, Hotels -- mickeyt
2018 Jul 26 11:37:39 PM
Guess I knew this was coming but still a little sadness here.

Yes I took them home with me. But how many times I took a shower and thought of Disney at home.

And I’m sure environment was the driver. Not $$$$$......

And I’ve used the dispensers in the Rainforest Room on the Wonder. Top was hanging off one and the one of the bottles was loose in the holder.

Oh well....Still Disney. For now.
Re: Disney Poised to Remove Plastics from Parks, Hotels -- dan58diz
2018 Jul 27 07:37:51 AM
We agree - we use the shampoo & soaps from Disney at home periodically, gives us the feeling that your are momentarily there...brings a smile. Will miss them...guess we'll grab as many as we can until they are gone! And on the cruise ships, the shower stall is made for 5'4" people that weigh 120 pounds - not 6'3" 230...there isn't enough room now to turn around and they are going to put in dispensers...how many times will I elbow one of those puppies right off the wall! And hey, the plastic shopping bags going away...a.k.a. our splash mountain/kali river rapids/thunderstorm protection of phones and wallets!!! And if we are buying many items for the grand kids we'll have to buy a reusable bag to carry it all? Didn't we just take out a loan to pay for all those items? Now we pay for a bag too? Or pay to have it shipped instead? or just try to carry everything loose? What's next - instead of plastic water bottles, we'll find wooden buckets with metal ladles positioned around the parks for those with thirst ? Sure, we want to be eco friendly too, but that is what recycling is for - reuse - not removal.

They are changing so much, it is so sad - we've been so immersed for 40+ years...now? The thrill is not gone, but going...We thought that our retirement, when we planned it 15 years or ago when we bought in, would be so Disney-centric...it is not starting off the way we wanted - that's for sure.
Re: Disney Poised to Remove Plastics from Parks, Hotels -- DuckTalesWooHoo
2018 Jul 27 08:10:19 AM
dan58diz wrote:
We agree - we use the shampoo & soaps from Disney at home periodically, gives us the feeling that your are momentarily there...brings a smile. Will miss them...guess we'll grab as many as we can until they are gone! And on the cruise ships, the shower stall is made for 5'4" people that weigh 120 pounds - not 6'3" 230...there isn't enough room now to turn around and they are going to put in dispensers...how many times will I elbow one of those puppies right off the wall! And hey, the plastic shopping bags going away...a.k.a. our splash mountain/kali river rapids/thunderstorm protection of phones and wallets!!! And if we are buying many items for the grand kids we'll have to buy a reusable bag to carry it all? Didn't we just take out a loan to pay for all those items? Now we pay for a bag too? Or pay to have it shipped instead? or just try to carry everything loose? What's next - instead of plastic water bottles, we'll find wooden buckets with metal ladles positioned around the parks for those with thirst ? Sure, we want to be eco friendly too, but that is what recycling is for - reuse - not removal.

They are changing so much, it is so sad - we've been so immersed for 40+ years...now? The thrill is not gone, but going...We thought that our retirement, when we planned it 15 years or ago when we bought in, would be so Disney-centric...it is not starting off the way we wanted - that's for sure.
I'm with you that all this stuff is over the top. One thing you can do though is when you do buy stuff you can have it sent to your resort from wherever you are and not have to carry it at all. That's what I will be doing for sure. I also agree with you that it seems like Disney keeps changing and not for the better as well. I still believe that CM's on the ground level are genuinely concerned that we all have great vacations but the top brass couldn't care less as long as they have our money.
Re: Disney Poised to Remove Plastics from Parks, Hotels -- wdrl
2018 Jul 27 10:49:43 AM
Whenever we leave our villa, we always make sure to carry one of the plastic Disney bags in our backpack or purse. If we buy something, we then ask the cast member to use our old bag instead of a new one. It might not save that much plastic, but it certainly doesn't take much effort to reuse an old plastic bag.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of plastic out there. In May, we cruised from Hawaii to Vancouver. Even though we were in the middle of the North Pacific, I was amazed how much plastic debris I could see floating on the water. It wasn't just an occasional sighting once or twice a day, but almost every five minutes I could see something float by our ship.
Re: Disney Poised to Remove Plastics from Parks, Hotels -- denlo
2018 Jul 27 11:10:25 AM
Using shampoo from our DVC room has often given us a Disney fix at home. I will miss those little bottles of shampoo. As to using our own bags while shopping, you easily get used to it. We do that when grocery shopping, which we started doing when we lived in Denver 20 years ago. And around 6 years ago we found out the hard way in Hawaii when we went shopping in Kapolei, Hawaii at Target for groceries and found out we had to purchase bags for our items to take them back to Aulani. Here in Texas, the city of Austin has banned plastic bags.

My only thought is where are the dispensers going to be placed for a tub with shower, high or low? It will be awkward for someone, if not accident prone.

As to the plastic reduction in the rooms, will they remove the plastic cups and travel coffee cups with plastic lids they just started placing in studios?

Will Disney ask Starbucks to eliminate the plastic lids on their coffee cups? The next option is to quit selling bottled beverages. Or drinks with plastic lids. This problem is something that needs to be addressed too. Just like all those Keurig cups in the Disney hotel rooms.
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