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It takes a small city to clean Disneyland

May 03, 2010
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ANAHEIM, CA — Long after Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto wave goodbye to the park''s last guests, hundreds of dedicated workers emerge from the darkness to ensure the Disneyland Resort is cleaned, maintained and in prime operating condition for the following day, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A team of about 600 custodians, painters, gardeners and decorators scrapes chewing gum off the sidewalks, sands and recoats chipped handrails and pulls stubborn weeds in the 85-acre park each and every night to achieve Walt Disney''s vision of an immaculate land, free of the litter and grime of the outside world, the story stated.
According to the story, because much of the custodial and maintenance work at the Disneyland Resort is performed at night, some workers don miner''s headlamps and others work underneath portable floodlamps.
David Caranci, the manager of resort enhancement and decorating at Disneyland, said: "To keep the park in good order, it takes a crew that works 365 nights a year. It''s a city that never sleeps. There is something always happening, and for nearly every nighttime task, there is a specific worker."

To assist in their rodent removal efforts, Disneyland Resort officials decided to cease evicting the estimated 200 feral cats that roam the 85-acre park and instead decided to spay or neuter them and allow their rodent-repelling presence, the story noted.

Though it is unknown how much money is spent each year on cleaning and maintaining the Disneyland Resort, one can imagine the thousands of gallons of paint, landscaping materials, cleaning chemicals and hourly wages for workers add up quickly, the story added.

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