Walt Disney World No Longer Handing Out Paper Straws & Plastic Lids

Shannen Ace

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paper straws

Walt Disney World No Longer Handing Out Paper Straws & Plastic Lids

Shannen Ace

Updated on:

paper straws

Walt Disney World No Longer Handing Out Paper Straws & Plastic Lids

Starting on August 21, 2023, Walt Disney World Resort will no longer be handing out or offering paper straws and plastic lids at quick-service restaurants and snack locations.

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Paper straws and plastic lids will be available upon request but will not be placed in self-service guest areas.

Disney Parks & Resorts is hoping to achieve zero landfill waste by 2030. In 2018, they stopped handing out single-use plastic straws and stirrers. Last year, they put up signs thanking guests for skipping straws.

straw lid sign

A sign we’ve noticed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort now thanks guests for skipping straws and lids, to “create a healthier home for people and wildlife.”

Paper straws were always found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park before they became commonplace throughout Disney Parks.

“Beginning in 2018, we set a series of commitments to eliminate single-use plastic straws, plastic stirrers and polystyrene cups at all owned and operated locations across the globe,” Disney’s Environmental Goals Program states, “to transition to refillable in-room amenities in our hotels and on our cruise ships, and to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags in our owned and operated parks and on our cruise lines.”

“As a result, we have eliminated over 200 million plastic straws and stirrers, completed removal of polystyrene cups, reduced
plastics in over 15,000 of our guest rooms by 80 percent by replacing all disposable toiletries with bulk amenities and
minimized plastic merchandise bags.”

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