Disney VoluntEARS Share Company Heritage, Community Spirit at Annual CANstruction Orlando Event

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 – The rich history of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is on full display as part of the 21st annual CANstruction Orlando food drive and design competition. Last weekend, Disney VoluntEARS created two larger-than-life sculptures that pay tribute to a beloved Disney attraction, “it’s a small world,” as well as an iconic pair of mouse ears children of all ages have enjoyed wearing for decades.

The imaginative creations, which were designed by Disney Cast Members and Imagineers to be constructed entirely of more than 11,000 canned and packaged food items, are on exhibit now through Sunday, Oct. 26 at Orlando Fashion Square Mall. Voting for the Central Florida community to select the ‘People’s Choice’ favorite sculpture is open throughout the week on the CANstruction Orlando Facebook page, as well.

“It really is a small world after all,” said Melissa Adams, director of architecture and facilities engineering for Walt Disney World Resort, “And we’re honored to participate in an event that helps our neighbors here in Central Florida, while giving Disney VoluntEARS the chance to have some fun together.”

VoluntEARS selected the concepts for their sculptures based on this year’s CANstruction Orlando theme – “We CAN ERA-dicate Hunger” – which inspired designs based on iconic images that defined past eras. First worn by the Mouseketeers on television in the 1950s, the mouse ears stacked up next to a colorful homage to “it’s a small world,” which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first voyage this year.

“Walt Disney World Resort has been a long-time supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Sasha Hausman, development officer with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “This year’s CANstruction Orlando event is just one of many contributions Disney Cast Members have made to our mission of creating hope and nourishing lives through hunger relief.”

In addition to the two sculptures created by Disney VoluntEARS, 11 teams representing a variety of organizations from across Central Florida participated in the event. Following the CANstruction exhibit, the thousands of cans and shelf stable food items used in the designs will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank to help those in need throughout the Central Florida.