Disney VoluntEARS Create Fantasmic! “CANstruction” To Help Put An End To Hunger

Late Friday night, teams converged of volunteers converged on South Coast Plaza in Southern California to build grand designs out of canned food and non-perishable items. The Disneyland Resort had its own team of voluntEARS that constructed a 10 foot tall recreation of Maleficent from Fantasmic!

2017 not only marks the 10th anniversary of CANstruction Orange County, but also 10 years of the Disneyland Resort coming together for a great cause! In the last decade, the Disneyland Resort has provided the OC Food Bank more than 65,000 meals for the local community.

Disneyland Resort 2017 CANstruction Build
  • Built 10-foot-tall Fantasmic! dragon, Maleficent
  • A team of five cast members VoluntEARS from the Disneyland Resort Design andEngineering team plans and constructs the build
  • It takes about 12 hours to build overnight
  • The team plans for six months
Materials used:
  • Canned Chunk White Chicken
  • Canned Sardines in Olive Oil
  • Canned Sardines in Water
  • Canned Water Chestnuts
  • Canned Bamboo Shoots
  • Canned Black and Pinto Beans
  • Drink Mix Packets
  • Black Tea
  • Assorted Chips
  • Fruit Snacks
Disneyland Resort CANstruction Build History
  • 2017: Don’t Let Hunger Drag on! – 5,250 cans (Fantasmic! Dragon)
  • 2016: Together We CAN Turn Hunger Inside Out! – 6,425 cans (Inside Out- Sadness)
  • 2015: If Elephants Can Fly, We CAN End Hunger! – 4,200 cans (Dumbo) | Award for Best Use of Labels
  • 2014: Melt Away Hunger… (because some things are worth melting for) – 4,932 cans (Frozen- Olaf) |
Honorable Mention
  • 2013: Scare Up Some MONSTROUS Eats – 4,084 cans (Monsters Inc.)
  • 2012: TOW Away Hunger – 5,700 cans (Cars- Tow Mater) | Award for Juror’s Favorite
  • 2011: Sea the Difference a CAN Makes… – 5,400 cans
    (The Little Mermaid- Flounder and Sebastian) | Award for Best Use of Labels
  • 2010: Make a Wave in Your Community – 12,000 cans (Finding Nemo- Crush)
  • 2009: CANnecting to Environmentality – 10,000 cans (Mickey Ears)
  • 2008: We CAN Make a Difference – 3,800 cans (Wall-E)

Total cans donated: 61,791 cans

Statistics from CANstruction DISNEYLAND RESORT
  • If Disneyland donated 61,791 cans of food (assume each can on average weighs 10 oz.) that would be 38,619 lbs. of food or the equivalent of 32,183 meals
  • This could…
    o Feed a single low income Senior–3 meals a day for 29 years
    o Feed a family of 3–3 meals a day for 10 years
    o Feed a family of 6–3 meals a day for 5 years

To see the finished project for yourself, and to donate for a vote, go to South Coast Plaza from now until September 24th! Make sure to check it out before it fades back into your imagination!

About the Author:

Caitie Bear originally came to DAPs Magic through Geeks Corner. The resident coffee expert, her run with DAPs Magic began with teaching Mr. DAPs and the team how to taste coffee on Geeks Corner. She soon became the resident coffee consultant for special segments before finding herself joining the Geeks Corner team. She now is one of the co-hosts for the webshow and can regularly be found either on the Geeks Corner set or at Disneyland with the DAPs crew. Caitie also now writes for DAPs Magic. She not only covers style for the website, she also covers events and offers Disney tips from her experience as a Disney Annual Passholder.

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