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"This Is Why Disney World Rarely Has Power Outages"

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Market Intelligence Manager Southern Company, Inc.
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I came across this interesting article ("This Is Why Disney World Rarely Has Power Outages") and wanted to share it with you – here are the key takeaways:    In general, power outages at Disney are rare because Disney is built more like a city center than a neighborhood. Its infrastructure is industrial. That means no fragile power lines hanging in places where one falling tree can take out power for an entire block.

https://www.rd.com/article/disney-power-outages/

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Matt Chester on Aug 13, 2020

As an energy nerd who lives in Orlando and has annual passes to Disney World, I've rarely felt more 'seen' than in a post that combines those two topics. 

While power outages aren't a big Magic Kingdom concern, power systems in the Star Wars section of the park are apparently still vulnerable to direct lighting strikes blowing out important electrical equipment (or perhaps that was the evil Emperor Palpatine's handy work?)

 

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Aug 13, 2020

Redundancy is the secret , but it costs too.

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Gary Hilberg on Aug 17, 2020

Mark - Disney has had an on-site gas fired plant for many year - 55 MW provides a bunch of flexibility, not sure of the percentage of on-site power it provides.  Along with the underground distribution - lots of protection from transmission line failure.

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