The Little Things
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!