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Why are there no mosquitoes at Disney World?

February 8, 2021
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There’s nothing worse than a mosquito bite. That intense itch that no amount of scratching will alleviate. Just nasty.

However, despite there being plenty of pesky mosquitoes in Central Florida, you may have noticed that you just don’t get bitten by mosquitoes at Disney World. No matter how long you spend trekking round the parks during high season, you always come home bite-free! Aside from the fact that this is a massive win for your skin and your sanity, you may be wondering how Disney manage to consistently defy nature here. I mean, the place is quite literally used to be nothing but a swampland, right?

Well, you’re in luck, as we’ve put together a short history lesson on why there are no mosquitoes at Disney World.

So, if you’re looking to learn more about Disney’s amazing pest control policies, then simply read ahead.

“Joe” Potter

Photo credit: D23

When the concept of Disney World first came to Walt, he hired retired Army Major General William E. “Joe” Potter who had proven experience dealing with pesky mosquitoes on the Panama Canal project. Though the stakes at Disney weren’t quite on par with wartime, ensuring that there were no mosquitoes at Disneyworld was a top priority for the Walt Disney family.

Now, mosquitoes tend to breed when there’s stagnant water lying around, so to make sure that there would be no mosquitoes at Disney World, “Joe” Potter ensured that pooled water was removed before it got to this stage on all construction sites. Basically, those poor mosquitoes wouldn’t even have the chance to breed before they were brutally removed from Walt Disney World’s construction areas. So, to make sure there were no mosquitoes at Disney World early on, Joe decided to create ditches that would remove water before it could stagnate.

However, they didn’t stop there! Water in the park is constantly moving, with building roofs even being constructed to allow for adequate runoff.

Guests usually don’t notice this (realistically who would in somewhere as full of excitement as Disney World!), but the park is truly intuitive in its use of flowing water, and the property’s excellent drainage gives no mosquito in Florida the chance to settle. 

Who’d have thought!

The shape of Disney’s buildings

Disney World’s buildings are stunning, and the design of the parks is groundbreaking in more ways than one.

Not only are Disney’s buildings designed to look amazing, but the architecture of Florida’s parks aims to make sure that there are no mosquitoes at Disney World. The shape of the buildings at Disney World just don’t allow water to collect. Like we mentioned earlier, pooling is no Bueno, so to avoid this happening each building at Disney World is curved or designed in a way that doesn’t let water sit.

So, not only is Disney’s architecture pleasant to look at, but it does serve a purpose for pest control too!

Plants and landscaping

Not only are Disney’s buildings expertly designed to make sure that there are no mosquitoes at Disney World, but the landscapes and plants are designed to prevent standing water too. Any plants that you see in the area have been expertly selected to prevent any stagnant water, so if you were curious about how Disney create their floral arrangements you’ve now got your answer.

Oh, and that’s not all!

Disney even fill water-based plant areas with goldfish and the rather aptly named mosquito fish to make sure that there are no mosquitoes to be found at Disney World. Ouch!

Garlic

Okay, so mosquitoes aren’t vampires – so why on earth is the park being sprayed with Garlic?

Well, we’ll answer that strange question for you!

Obviously, it’s not an ideal solution for Disney World to douse their parks with chemical pesticides. To get around this issue, Disney World use liquid garlic around the park to ensure that there are no mosquitoes at Disney World. You really can’t smell this stuff (however surprising that may seem!), so it’s the perfect way to keep the parks mosquito-free without creating a potentially dangerous situation with overuse of pesticides.

Sentinel Chickens

If you’re asking the question “why are there no mosquitoes at Disney World?”, then someone may respond with chickens.

Yes – chickens.

Though it might be surprising to folks unfamiliar with the inner workings of the parks, the humble chicken is one of the top reasons that there are no mosquitoes at Disney World.

These special mosquito-fighting chickens are called “sentinel chickens”, and they have one job and one job only: to get bitten by mosquitoes. This might seem a bit sad, but the chickens are really taking one for the team. As many of the viruses that mosquitoes carry aren’t harmful to chickens, their blood can be tested without issue to see if the mosquitos in Florida are carrying anything harmful.

Hooray for disease prevention!

If you want to find out a bit more about the glorious sentinel chickens, check out the YouTube video below. Adorable, aren’t they?

Insecticides

Another reason for there being no mosquitoes at Disney World is because of insecticides sprayed through the park.

Though the liquid garlic is the first port of call for use inside the parks during the day, fleets of trucks spray insecticides in the early mornings and late evenings to make sure that there are no mosquitoes to be seen at Disney World’s parks.

Disney never spray insecticides in a way that would disrupt guest experience (this is Disney we’re talking about!) but they do enough to ensure that the parks stay as mosquito-free as possible.

Now that you know all about why there are no mosquitoes at Disney World, does it make you feel more inclined to book a trip there?

Regardless of what your thoughts on mosquito prevention are, you can’t deny that Disney are doing an incredible job at keeping the parks clean, safe, and bite-free!

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