6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

Apr 16, 2013 7:17 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, April 16th, 2007. Disney announces that Disneyland's fleet of antique passenger trains have been converted from diesel to B98 biofuel. B98 is made from 98% soybean oil & 2% diesel. The switch saves as much as 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year, while potentially reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80%. Unfortunately Park officials had to give up on that in November 2008 because of problems storing it underground. So they regrouped while the trains went back to regular diesel fuel. In Jan. 2009 the trains started running off of the recycled discarded cooking oil from the parks restaurants which was then turned into biodiesel for the trains. “The improvement here is that it’s no longer using food for fuel. There are no soybeans grown in the Midwest to fuel our trains, just cooking oil that we’re already generating,” said Frank Dela Vara, Disney’s director of environmental affairs. What do you think about this? Are you impressed by Disneys efforts to help save the environment?

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I had no idea. And I think Disney is always looking for ways to help the environment and look to the future (plug for their vision of Tomorrowland). I also find it interesting that they are using future technology to fuel the old trains. Thank you SMK for this interesting Disney History!! - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 7:36AM
Thank YOU! Yes, I agree, setting a great example! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:43AM
Good Morning. Yes very impressed by this. The California State Railroad Museum uses a similar program to lessen the environmental impact of the Steam Locomotives that they operate. ( yes a shameless plug). Great research Thanks - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #184 7:38AM
Oooh! I wasn't aware of this! That is quite impressive as well Teal! Thank YOU for sharing that! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:47AM
That is wonderful! Very cool. I had no idea. Looking forward ;) I also like that there are recycle ♻cans near most waste cans. I like that they use little baskets for food when they can and dinglehoppers for some of the food areas. Thanks you!! - misschurro  6361.5 #17 7:45AM
I read this on the disney parks blog: "Disneyland Resort recycles enough aluminum each year to make a soda can about 1,000 times taller than its Matterhorn, more glass each year than the weight of eight steam trains, and enough paper each year to create a trail from Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World Resort and back, twice." I think you would enjoy reading the rest of the article: 😘 http://is.gd/rR0bdV - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:00AM
Thanks!! - misschurro  6361.5 #17 11:03AM
For the most part it's good to know that Disney is putting the extra effort in addition to the basic recycling. Who knew? Cooking oil? Cool! Thanks - iloveprinceEric  264.4 #1221 9:20AM
I agree! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:39PM
I think that's fantastic!! - nurseclick  66.0 #4266 9:35AM
Me too! :) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:39PM
Makes me want corn dogs and fried green tomato sandwiches and oooooo fried pickles and a monte cristo! That is so neat I want to convert my car now too. Hey maybe now that chevron is out Autopia can do the same to stay/become more low impact environmentally and financially and the subs too. Thanks for the history and information Duchess we missed you. - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 9:43AM
Teehee! Who knew my post would make you hungry! I see you posted a wonderful in park meal review just now. I'm surprised you didn't go with something fried! 😂 Awe! Been so busy, nice to know I was missed! Thanks! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:42PM
I was in line to get a corn dog to fuel the trains and realized I required a coffee to fuel myself. I made up for it with an order of Mickey shaped beignets. (Best train fuel in the park) - - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 4:21PM
I heard about that in a video I watched about Disney so awesome - ambear72  192.1 #2086 9:46AM
that is really cool. I never knew that. - joyful_belle131  59.4 #4450 10:56AM
Nice! What about Autopia, though? What do those run on? - JenGwen323  2025.6 #77 11:36AM
Gasoline. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 11:46AM
Very cool. I believe the main st vehicles use the same biodiesel. - happiestplace  275.5 #1105 12:56PM
Recently learned this on the Lilly Belle, thank you for sharing! - PiratePrincess300  154.8 #2644 2:13PM
This is great, I had no idea! Wonderful! Thanks for the info! Always a joy to read your posts. 😊 - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 3:37PM
Great tidbit of information. Thanks so much! - DlandDude  544.5 #375 5:02PM
I'm surprised there aren't solar panels on the roofs of all disneyland buildings. Since there are a bazillion lights in the park, they could be converted to LED lights and run off stored solar panel energy. Can you imagine the electric bill??? - mightymike  272.8 #1140 5:19PM
There was that rumour going around for the longest time that Disney had on site power plants that could generate enough electricity to power most of Anaheim if it was ever needed. - NotSoDapperDan  323.9 #781 5:25PM
So for a while the trains smelled like French Fries (or the fritters in NOS)? I thought it was only Main Street that piped in scents for the guests... - NotSoDapperDan  323.9 #781 5:23PM
Today was the first time I understood why the trains smell so good... and why I am always hungry after the Grand Circle Tour. - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 7:09PM
I think it's great but they've added more parking....too bad mass commuter transit wasn't better. - Art2D2  211.9 #1849 7:12PM
I think the bio fuel is a great idea! It cuts down on the use of fossil fuel and reduces DL's foot print by using a product that would have just been disposed of!!! And... Once again Duchess, great job!!! I learn something new every time you post! Thank you!!!!! - Boundin  707.7 #272 7:43PM
Cool info. Thanks SMK! - LilSterner  5455.2 #20 7:47PM
Great info. One of my good friends who is an engineer on the DLRR says doing this costs Disney more money than it saves. It costs more to collect the cooking oil, sent it offsite to be refined and then ship it back than it would be to dispose of the cooking oil and buy diesel fuel. - ckholliday  254.1 #1311 9:25PM

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