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EPCOT Festival Cast Members Receive New Costumes Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Visiting EPCOT soon? You may notice some brand new costumes for Cast Members working EPCOT festivals!

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These brand new Cast Members costumes are more than simply providing new colored shirts. In fact, these new costumes are part of Disney’s continued efforts towards promoting conservation and sustainability around the Walt Disney World Resort!

The new shirts will be worn by Cast Members working as part of EPCOT’s Festivals Team (so you may see them out and about staffing the park’s outdoor kitchens at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays as well as other upcoming events, plus crowd control for shows like Harmonious and more.)

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The new shirts all come in this light green color that is made in part from recycled plastic bottles. Plastic bottles pose a pollution threat to our oceans, and while the Walt Disney World Resort has offered ways for both Guests and Cast Members to recycle all around the property, these shirts mark the first time that Cast Member costumes have been created from recycled plastic.

Sustainability is very important to the effective running of the Walt Disney World Resort while keeping operations in line with the company’s focus on conservation. Other parts of the sustainability initiatives at Walt Disney World include the solar panels on property that have the ability to operate two full theme parks and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

Beacons of Magic Spaceship Earth

New lights shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another like stars in a nighttime sky and creating a mesmerizing symbol of optimism when it transforms into a Beacon of Magic at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, during the resorts 50th anniversary celebration. (David Roark, photographer)

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund provides much needed funding to nonprofit organizations that help endangered animals and important causes around the world. Guests can donate to support the fund at The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and each donation is matched by Disney. The Walt Disney Company also covers all of the fund’s overhead costs so Guests can be assured that their donation will go directly to an organization who needs it.

We always love seeing new sustainable resources pop up around the Walt Disney World Resort, and these costumes are an exciting part of this initiative!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."