Did you know that one of Disney’s wildlife conservation efforts focuses on protecting sea turtles? Two hours southeast of Walt Disney World lies Disney’s beautiful oceanside Vero Beach Resort.
The vintage hotel is located on Florida’s Atlantic Treasure Coast, near the idyllic community of Vero Beach. Disney Parks Blog shared that the company is currently celebrating its 15th annual Tour de Turtles at the Resort.
Tour de Turtles is an inspiring race that allows people to monitor sea turtles online, in order to see which one travels farthest over the course of three months. This year two female sea turtles named Neytiri and Ronal were released into the ocean after tracking devices were installed on their shells.
The sea turtles were named after characters from Avatar: The Way of Water (2022), the highly anticipated sequel to Avatar (2009). They joined the race alongside other, various sea turtles.
Disney Conservation Team Wildlife and the Sea Turtle Conservancy have been working together for fifteen years on the program. During that time, they’ve tracked and studied twenty-six different sea turtles as they migrated through the ocean.
The event was open to both Disney Guests and the public, as people lined up to watch the turtles be released. The audience applauded as they entered the water, getting their devices ready to start tracking.
The area around Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Southeast Florida is one of the most crucial sea turtle nesting habitats on the earth. The data collected during Tour de Turtles enables conservationists to make important decisions about their methods to help the majestic creatures.
Sea turtles face many dangers in the wild, especially when it comes to their hatchlings. The team’s efforts help ensure that Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a safe place for nesting sea turtles. Now that’s a heartwarming story, and one I bet you didn’t know existed!
Christy is a West Coast writer with a special place in her heart for Disneyland Resort and Aulani. Growing up near the Parks, she was an Annual Passholder for about twenty years, often frequenting the Resort several times per week. Though she recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, she carries the magic with her by writing about Disney and connecting with the Disney community on social media.