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!