A viral TikTok claims Disney World is mosquito-free. Here are surprising ways the resort seemingly keeps pests at bay.
- A TikTok video with more than 1.5 million views claims that
Disney Worldis mosquito-free.
- Disney World in Florida says it has "an extensive mosquito prevention and monitoring program."
- The park's anti-mosquito tactics have included using garlic spray and mosquito-eating chickens.
A TikTok video claiming that there are no
The FAQ page does not list details of the resort's pest-control tactics, and Disneyland,
Disney World's fountains and tunnels keep water flowing, which prevents mosquitoes from nesting
In 1964, to help minimize the presence of mosquitoes at his new Florida resort, Walt Disney hired engineer and former army general William "Joe" Potter, according to the website for D23, Disney's official fan club.Potter, who had previously worked in the Panama Canal Zone, told the Disney creator that his parks needed to avoid still water at all costs, since this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs, Disney historian and author of "Top Disney" Christopher Lucas told the Orlando Sentinel in February. "One of his things that he learned from the Panama Canal where people were dying of malaria was if you let water just sit there, you're going to have a problem," Lucas told the Orlando, Florida, newspaper of Potter. "He insisted to Walt, whatever we do, wherever there's water, we got to make sure it's either running off, moving or it's just not sitting there or you're going to have a lot of mosquitoes."
Potter first drained the swamp around Disney World's Magic Kingdom park through a series of tunnels known as "Joe's ditches," according to D23.
Today, ditches and fountains keep water circulating through the park, Lucas told Reader's Digest in 2019.
Disney World's buildings and gardens keep water from poolingBuildings in Disney World aren't just visually appealing: They're also designed to counter mosquitoes, Lucas told Reader's Digest.
"They made every building there curved, or designed in a way so there'd be no place for the water to catch and sit there," Lucas told Reader's Digest.
Disney's landscapers also prioritize plants and flowers that don't allow water to pool, and ponds are stocked with mosquito-eating fish, Lucas told the magazine.
The resort uses garlic spray as a natural repellentAccording to Lucas, Disney World uses a natural garlic spray to ward off mosquitoes.
The park also employs mosquito traps, according to a 2019 annual meeting report published by the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the organization that oversees the land on which Walt Disney World sits. Between May 2018 and May 2019, Disney's mosquito control program set more than 2,000 traps throughout the park, the report said.
Disney World has used chickens to help monitor mosquitoesDisney has also employed flocks of sentinel chickens to eat mosquitoes, according to the same 2019 Reedy Creek Improvement District report.
Chickens can be infected by mosquito-born viruses like the West Nile virus, but they are not harmed by the viruses, according to a publication by Penn State University.To identify whether mosquitoes carrying viruses exist in the park, members of Disney World's Mosquito Surveillance program took more than 2,300 blood samples from chickens in the park between May 2018 and May 2019, according to the 2019 Reedy Creek Improvement District report. Walt Disney World Resort, Christopher Lucas, and Michael McBride did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
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