If the Florida Tower looked different to you on a recent trip, it might not be you – the Tower got a new “green” paint job! In December 2010, extensive scaffolding was raised around the Tower of Terror’s 199 foot tall exterior.
In the five months that followed, the Tower’s surface was stripped bare and completely repainted with low volatile organic compound (low VOC) paint. The new paint job is a part of Disney’s ongoing, parks-wide effort to reduce VOC emissions through the use of more environmentally friendly paints. The attraction remained open for business during the work.
If that sounds inconsequential, consider how much paint Disney uses in a year – usually about 6,000 gallons a year per park, or 110,000 gallons in total, with touchups applied nightly and completely new coats applied regularly.
Disney considers itself a worldwide leader in the adoption of low VOC paint and is proud of its contributions to the good stewardship of the planet. Switching to low-VOC paint for the 110,000 gallons Disney uses annually decreased Disney’s VOC emissions by 2/3rds in just two years. Fewer emissions means less ozone and air pollution for everyone, so let’s hear it for the newly painted Tower!