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Disneyland Trains Now Running on Frying Oil

Can you imagine a land where you would go to McDonald's to purchase fuel for your car? Well that world might not be too far off. As of last week, all of the trains at Disneyland's Los Angeles theme park run on a biodiesel oil made from discarded cooking oil. Not only is the park saving money by reusing already purchased oil, but they are demonstrating how large corporations can make an effort to go green. Disneyland's five railroad trains are ridden by an estimated 6.6 million people each year using up about 200,000 gallons of fuel. The resort will generate enough cooking oil to provide half of this fuel. Disney's executive chef, Chris Hustesen, loves the idea and hopes the switch will "make more guests hungry for our fries."

Considering that I always reuse my cooking oil, I admire Disneyland's resourcefulness and commitment to being eco-friendly. I can't help but wonder if other companies will follow their lead. What do you think of the news? Do you recycle old frying oil?


vrgo73 vrgo73 5 years
It's quite an amazing way to recycle!!  I am a sales rep for a company that does just this.  We take used cooking oil from restaurants and convert it into diesel fuel that gets resold.  Not only is the restaurant paid for the oil, but they also become a green business.  2 cents from every gallon of diesel we resell is donated to charity to help fight hunger.  In addition, if the business uses diesel fuel for their fleet, or trains :), they can purchase it back from us at a discount.  Truly amazing! We currently service the southeast but are expanding rapidly.  Questions?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh - that's really a good idea if you think about it. i feel like i've heard of things like this in the past, but it's nice to hear that Disney is going out there and being more vocal about it so that maybe other companies can begin to adapt it.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
This is crazy..I love it!!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I love this story!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
It is good news! I re-use my frying oil. The way I do it is I let the oil sit for a day (to cool completely down and to let any small particles to settle at the bottom), then I strain it leaving the last 1/4 cup or so to avoid the sediment. Because I usually use an entire bottle of oil when I fry, I end up saving the empty bottle and will re-use that to save the re-used oil! Oh, if the oil has turned very dark or smells funky then I would toss it.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
That is great. We should be recycling all used cooking oils.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awesome news!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I am also curious what exactly do yo udo with reused oil (what was the oil originally used for?) I know I'll reuse the grease and stuff that drips off bacon and pancetta, but I've never thought of reusing something like vegetable oil for something else. Do tell.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Good for Disney.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
This is good news. I never thought of recycling my used oil - do you only use oil that was used for deep-frying? What do you do with it?
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
My friend ran his diesel-only Jetta on home-made biodiesel a few years ago.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I think that is great news! I hope that this idea is something that will catch on :)
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