It turns out that Disney has really gotten into the habit of harnessing the energy of stars to power their varied thriving empires. Over the past few months, Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, has been cultivating a tremendous solar field to stand in as the theme park’s chief power source. (So this time, instead of the demolition of planetary systems, the result is a more efficiently run It’s a Small World ride. So, you know, equally as evil.) The real kicker of the technological and ecological update, which was officially unveiled on Tuesday: it’s shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head.
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The field was created in cooperation with Duke Energy, the country’s largest electrical power holding company. Living just beyond the Epcot Center, Mickey consists of 48,000 solar panels, measures 22 acres, and revs an impressive five megawatts.
The reveal, which has been safeguarded as well as anyone really can hide a gigantic sun-drinking machine shaped like the most recognizable cartoon character in the American canon, is a promising bit of news for anyone who harbors a love for both the environment and repeat summer trips to Magic Kingdom. Hopefully, other major institutions will follow Disney’s example and opt for the clean energies route. Both to better stave off global warming, and so the rest of us may at least have a fighting chance when Disney actually does decide to put its real life Starkiller Base into effect.
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