Did you know that the water at Disneyland isn’t just water? The water is dyed a greenish/brown color and circulated throughout the park - to mask the depth and keep it fresh respectively through the use of a “green water” system. But few people know
the system would more accurately be referred to as the “green tea” system due to the way the water gets it’s color. As environmental regulations became more stringent, in 1979 Disneyland started using a mix of green and regular tea leaves as a natural way to dye the water throughout the park. In fact approximately 1,955 pounds (nearly a ton!) of ground tea leaves are circulated through the system each year. While it’s hard to quantify the following claim, this is said to contribute to the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the park especially near the Rivers of America. Stray cats ,wild ducks and other birds can be seen congregating around the waterways engaging in regular, what cast members call, “tea parties”. In fact the birds are a bit too regular - their overly relaxed bowels have been the bane of many a custodian and guest hairdo alike.
In recent years the use of so much tea as a natural colorant has become problematic. With the rising popularity of green tea as a gourmet drink served in coffee bars around the world, and especially in California, the cost has risen steeply. It’s risen so much that ticket prices have increased drastically to cover the growing expense. Park Managers fear that the method of obscuring the shallow depths will soon become unsustainable - revealing the emu leg bones, lost sunglasses, and (most disturbingly) remains of children turned into small world dolls.
Clearly another solution must be found. Some speculate that the construction of Star Wars land, and the draining of the Rivers of America has been an elaborate coverup while researchers try to find an affordable replacement colorant. After all, it does seem very unlikely that Disney would otherwise be laying out such a large sum of money for a new attraction.
We’ll know soon enough as the River will be back shortly. Recent changes in LA law regarding the growing and selling of the cannabis plant have lead to rumors pointing to this as a suitable replacement. Keep an eye out for any changes in hue or particularly hungry, philosophical ducks.
Next up in our series: How DO they create that perfect Disney grass.
July 1, 1996: Disney’s Boardwalk Resort opens on the shores of Crescent Lake at Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Boardwalk is a fun place to spend the afternoon or evening, with plenty of restaurants and things to do on the Boardwalk you can easily spend a few hours relaxing here. There is complimentary boat transportation connecting Epcot, the Yacht and Beach Club, the Boardwalk, the Swan and Dolphin, and Disney’y Hollywood Studios, so you can easily park hop or take a midday break at your resort!
The Moroccan Pavilion by Day by Eddison Esteban Via Flickr: The sun was shining and blue was beginning to peak through the clouds, it was a marvelous day to visit “Morocco”!
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World Resort