Disneyland Resort Engineers Transform 8,900 Canned Goods into Jack-Jack to Fight Hunger
by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., External Communications Manager, Disneyland Resort
Jack-Jack has escaped again – this time to Costa Mesa, California! Overnight on Aug. 31, the Disneyland Resort Design & Engineering team took 8,900 ordinary canned goods and transformed them into a towering 10-foot Jack-Jack and his cookie num nums from Disney∙Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” for the 11th annual CANstruction Orange County.
Disney VoluntEARS designed Jack-Jack over a six-month period. He will be on display at South Coast Plaza in September before the food is donated to the Orange County Food Bank. CANstruction Orange County features the creative structures of local architectural design firms, and the design-build competition also takes place at John Wayne Airport and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC).
“We utilize the talents of graphic designers, architects, engineers and we develop some other specialized skills to accomplish our finished sculpture,” said Andy Flores, an associate engineer at Disneyland Resort.
The competition is a unique way to give back. “Could we just donate a huge pile of cans? Sure. But doing it this way – it increases public awareness. It shows people how big the need really is, and hopefully, we can make a bigger difference than just the cans we donate,” said Disneyland Resort Staff Engineer Tim Angers.
Supporters can vote for their favorite structures online for $1 per vote with proceeds going to the Orange County Food Bank. Over the past 11 years, Disneyland Resort has provided the OC Food Bank with more than 69,000 meals for the local community through CANstruction Orange County.
“Disney cast members have helped educate people about the issue of hunger in a creative and compelling manner through magical and visually stunning structures that have entertained people,” said Mark Lowry, director of the OC Food Bank. “Most importantly, they have provided additional food to expand the capacity of the OC Food Bank to combat hunger.”
To vote for your favorite CANstruction Orange County structures, visit: http://canstructionoc.org/vote/