The Lit­tle Things

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY KATH­LEEN LO­GAN WOLFE

As the old say­ing goes, “one man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure;” this surely rings true at the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort. In fact, trash(can) lovers will find some trea­sure about ev­ery 30 steps in any di­rec­tion through­out the en­tire Re­sort.

If you’ve ever won­dered how the Dis­ney Com­pany man­ages to keep their theme parks look­ing spot­less, it’s more than just their stel­lar cus­to­dial staff. The fleet of trashcans is ex­pan­sive! Walt Dis­ney him­self did some re­search and de­vel­op­ment on the topic of trash needs and es­ti­mated that a per­son will walk ap­prox­i­mately 25-30 steps be­fore they need a re­cep­ta­cle. Leg­end has it, he tested this the­ory while eat­ing a hot dog at Dis­ney­land. And so, the guide­line was set com­pany-wide.

Of course, be­cause it’s Dis­ney, all of the cans are man­u­fac­tured to fit into the theme of the area or land in which they hap­pen to re­side. A trash­can in To­mor­row­land looks vastly dif­fer­ent than one found in Ad­ven­ture­land, or any­where else in all of the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort. It’s all in the de­tails when it comes to the house of Mouse, even the garbage.

In fact, not too long ago, there was a trash­can “per­son­al­ity” aptly named Push, that would wan­der around To­mor­row­land in the Magic King­dom (even ven­tur­ing as far as the hub) rolling around and talk­ing to Guests. Leave it to Dis­ney magic to make trash fun! It was such a treat to ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ter­act with this ra­dio-con­trolled ro­bot. Un­for­tu­nately due to some con­tract dis­pute, this lit­tle gem of un­planned magic was re­tired for good in Fe­bru­ary of 2014. As of right now, there are no plans for its re­turn.

How­ever, and on the bright side, the re­tire­ment re­ally brought no­to­ri­ety and fame to Dis­ney garbage cans. Sounds funny but it’s true! The mer­chan­dise team had a field day. A guest can now pur­chase Trash­can or­na­ments, salt and pep­per shakers, high­lighters, and t-shirts.

Next time you visit, be sure to take no­tice not only of the quan­tity of the trash re­cep­ta­cles, but also the qual­ity and de­tail. Look­ing back on my own per­sonal pho­tos, it seems I’ve been quite taken through the years by some of them and snapped a shot or two my­self!

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