Monday, May 20, 2013

Attention to Detail: Trash Cans

Nobody does detail like Disney.

In our first Attention to Detail post, we took a look at lamp posts. The next subject up for review on detail:  trash cans!

To most people, it doesn't get more mundane than trash. Not many places put much thought into it, since trash cans are ubiquitous and are usually designed for utility, not for style. Disney, of course, does things differently. Thematic details are everywhere in the parks and resorts. But did you know that the theming is carried right down to where you dispose of those churro wrappers and Mickey ice cream sticks? The variety you'll find in these resplendent rubbish receptacles is impressive.

A bit of old Disney lore says that trash cans are always placed every 30 feet or so- supposedly because back in the day, Walt watched park guests and found that 30 feet was the average distance people were willing to carry trash before they decided to drop it on the ground. I'm not sure if that story is true, but one thing is certain: Disney thinks about trash.

I starting taking some photos of the designs and cans during a recent visit. I soon discovered a charming blog dedicated to the subject: Magical Trash. Check it out! And check out a few of the themed trash cans and designs I discovered on a recent visit.

Can you figure out where each was found? Some are easy, others may be a bit more tricky.

A gallery of trash:


click through to see the gallery and leave a comment!


























This is a mere scratching of the surface- do an image search for "Disney trash cans", and you'll get an endless variety of images to peruse.

Have you noticed this attention to detail while visiting Disney Parks & Resorts? Do you have a favorite trash can design or location? Tell us about it in the comments...

9 comments:

  1. I once saw a Disney can follow park guests and have conversations with them. It was very amusing. That some Plussed Magic right there.

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    1. That's PUSH! I haven't been able to find him on my last few visits. If you're lucky, you can catch him in Tomorrowland...

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  2. There is also Palm a talking palm tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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  3. I know it is the cleanest place on earth! Thanks for the post!

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  4. This was on of those many, awesome details I never even noticed until you pointed it out. Amazing! Wow, someone has a job that actually entails creating unique garbage can logos. Disney is incredible. Thanks for the post!

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  5. Great post! I also notice and take photos of the trashcans! It's on my to-do list next trip to get more photos so I can do a post about them as well!

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  6. Hey, thanks for sharing the love for MagicalTrash.com! :)

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    1. You're welcome, Steve- you are the trash MASTER (and I mean that in the most respectful manner!)...

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