Disneyland Volunteers to Build Giant Maleficent Dragon for Canstruction Event in Orange County


Disney engineers can make art out of anything and canned goods are no exception.  This year Disneyland Resort’s Canstruction team, made up of Disney designers and engineers, will create an amazing 10-foot-tall Maleficent piece for this years Canstruction Orange County art exhibit.   The Disney team has chosen Maleficent to commemorate the return of Fantasmic to Disneyland.

What is Canstruction?   According to their website Canstruction:

“combines the fun of a design-build competition with an ingenious way to help feed hungry people. Local prominent architectural, engineering, planning, and design firms, and students mentored by these professionals, create phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food. The structures go on view to the public at South Coast Plaza (in conjunction with the Festival of Children), John Wayne Airport, and ARTIC throughout the month of September.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the event.  The Disney team has been participating since the beginning in 2008.

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After the event is over all the food is then donated to the OC Food bank.

Take a look at the Disneyland team’s past entries.


Together We CAN Turn Hunger Inside Out! 6,425 cans

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If Elephants Can Fly, We CAN End Hunger! 4,200 cans


Melt Away Hunger… (because some things are worth melting for) 4,932 cans



Scare Up Some MONSTROUS Eats 4,084 cans


TOW Away Hunger 5,700 cans


Sea the Difference a CAN Makes… 5,400 cans


Make a Wave in Your Community 12,000 cans


CANnecting to Environmentality 10,000 cans


We CAN Make a Difference 3,800 cans

The Disneyland team isn’t the only team that embraces “Disney” for their entries.


KTGY Group, Inc.

“CATstruction 2010: We’re All Made Here” –6,000 cans


URS Corporation

“UP-rooting Hugner” 2,900 cans


Ewing Cole

“Buzzz Off, Hunger” 3,500


All County Environmental

“Wreck Hunger!” 2,604 cans

Gregg Maedo + Associates, Inc.

“Suit Up to Fight Hunger” 3,031 cans

KTGY Group, Inc.

“Wishing Away Hunger” 3,000 cans


KTGY Group, Inc.

“Being the ‘FORCE’ Against Hunger” 4,560 cans

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

“Food for Friends” 7,410 cans

WATG and R.D. Olson Construction

“Lending a Helping Hand… One Can at a Time” 9,315 cans


Ewing Cole

“Lose Hunger. Find Dory” 5,036


“BB-ATE” 3,008 cans

Withee Malcolm Architects

“Fighting Hunger Madders” 6,000 cans

These are amazing!!!   The show will run from September 2-24.  I can’t wait to see Maleficent!

What do you think?  Which ones are your favorites?  Comment below and let us know!


Sources: DisneyWikia,  Inside the Magic, Canstruction

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