Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World?

Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World?


Walt Disney World is smack dab in the middle
of a swamp in a state that is, more or less, a big swamp itself. And that’s not just some dig at Florida. With 29% of the area of the state being covered,
Florida is proportionally more comprised of wetlands than any other state in the US. So with that in mind, why isn’t Walt Disney
World swarming with mosquitoes? In truth, like most of Florida, there are
plenty of mosquitoes at Disney. However Disney is dedicated to guest experience
and mosquitoes are, well, really annoying. Beyond that they’re potentially dangerous. According to the World Health Organization
as many as one million people die from mosquitoes every year. Not the bite itself, obviously, but the disease
and virus that can often come with it. Now most of that is attributed to malaria,
which is mostly a problem in Africa and parts of South America. However in the United States, we’ve still
had to worry about viruses like the West Nile Virus, encephalitis and most recently, Zika. So as a result Disney goes all out in combating
mosquitoes and minimizing their presence on their property. How? Well they don’t have any particularly special
weapon that isn’t used elsewhere in the world. Disney’s arsenal includes insecticides which
kill mosquitoes fairly quickly, growth regulators which reduce their lifespan, and maintaining
natural predators in the area that eat the bugs as part of their diet. On their own, they’re all methods that many
other places employ to deal with the annoying insects. However the impressive part is the vigilance
and precision in which Disney carries out these methods. It all begins with the Mosquito Surveillance
Program which is an element of the Department of Planning and Engineering for the Reedy
Creek Improvement District. The Improvement District itself is the governing
jurisdiction that covers Walt Disney World and is controlled by Disney. You see rather than blindly spraying insecticides
over the entirety of the property, which is twice the size of Manhattan, Disney instead
uses various methods to carefully track where and when to spray. The program maintains over 60 traps across
the area of Walt Disney World. These traps trickle out small amounts of carbon
dioxide which attracts the mosquitoes, much in the same way we exhale carbon dioxide,
which unfortunately brings them over to us. They’ll then bring those traps, filled with
mosquitoes, back to a lab where the mosquitoes are frozen to death and analyzed. The team looks at everything from what kind
of species they are, to their concentration, to how old they are and how many of them were
ready to lay eggs. By looking at all this data for all of these
traps, Disney is able to paint themselves a picture of what parts of the property need the most attention when it comes to eliminating the insects. Similar to the way they lay mosquito traps
all over property, they also spread something else across their property: chickens. They’re called sentinel chickens, and their
sole purpose is to be monitored for signs of dangerous viruses like the West Nile virus. Unlike us, chickens don’t get sick from
the West Nile virus. They naturally produce an antibody that not
only keeps them safe from the virus, but keeps the levels of the virus low enough in their
blood that they don’t risk passing it on to other mosquitoes. Disney tests the blood of these chickens regularly
to see if that antibody is present. If it is, it means a mosquito with the virus
was nearby. This is helpful because while you could technically
catch and test free roaming birds and animals for the virus, you’d have no idea where
that animal was infected. With chickens in a coop, you know exactly
where it happened. So using these tools, Disney is able to adjust
their spraying patterns and other mosquito killing methods to keep up with unexpected
concentrations of the insect. Now that’s the precision of their methods,
but there’s also the vigilance. Disney, more than most, sprays their property
twice a day to cull the mosquito numbers, once right around sunrise and once around
sunset, the two times of the day mosquitoes are most active. Their fleet of trucks cover as many as a combined
86 miles worth of roads, fields, canals, and firebreaks across their property. Now obviously they don’t kill all of the
mosquitoes. With land that large and insects that prevalent,
it’s an impossible task. There are also areas that often end up being
treated less due to Disney’s tendency to avoid spraying around guests themselves. As a result the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds
tend to be the least treated of the resorts, due to it’s outdoorsy nature that encourages
guests to partake in outdoor activities. They do their best though. However, what happens when their best isn’t
good enough? Well if there’s one thing Disney holds above
guest experience, it’s guest safety. So in the few instances where they felt they
could do more to ensure that guest safety, it came at the cost of experience. Most notably, there were instances of an encephalitis
scare both in 1990 and 1997 that resulted in Disney taking extra precautions. They handed out letters to guests staying
on property that cautioned them to minimize activities during sunrise and sunset, and
to wear longer sleeves whenever possible. On top of that, both golf courses on property
as well as water based attractions were closed early so that guests weren’t using either
during sunset. The outdoor luau at the Polynesian resort
was temporarily moved indoors, and the hay bale rides and campfire activities at Fort
Wilderness were completely cancelled. Recently we saw Disney take extra steps during
the Zika virus scare in 2016. Guests at resorts were offered free mosquito
repellent, and stations with the repellent were setup throughout the theme parks on property. At the end of the day, as nice as it would
seem, it’d be impossible for Disney to completely rid their property of mosquitoes. However all things accounted for, they do
a pretty good job of trying. Sometimes it feels like Disney magic, but
like most of Disney’s magic, it’s really the product of the thousands of individuals
who put in the work every single day. Even when that work is dealing with mosquitoes.

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World?

  1. Disney Dan says:

    CHICKEN SENTINELS!

  2. Randy Hooks says:

    They charge them $149 entry fee

  3. Freedom lover says:

    Bravo Disney.

  4. bombchus says:

    They over charge them

  5. Still D.R.E 💯💲🏁 says:

    This was this in my recommended 😂

  6. Carlos II says:

    Why have I seen this? I have a fucking exam tomorrow but I prefer to check what does disney to deal with mosquitos in the other side of the world :v

  7. rainbowarrior says:

    What an amazing place

  8. AmazingChris!! says:

    Disneyland was not worth my $200 that's all I know.

  9. H.I.M says:

    I dont get how you control 40 square miles of property

  10. Michael P. says:

    They don’t pay admission. 🦟

  11. Ashton says:

    They have a flight restriction over the park duh

  12. Thomas DiRico says:

    It’s floor-duh

  13. youBoob says:

    Every time you buy an Avengers or Iron Man movie ticket, you are clearing the world of dangerous mosquitos

  14. Gloria Hufnagel says:

    THAT IS A BIG FAT LIEEEEE. Ever stay at Wilderness cabins? They provide OFF in the cabins & rooms. Misinformation

  15. Kawsaki says:

    I love that you used actually Disney cartoons to show your points 😉

  16. Apple Car says:

    Disney's food scares the mosquitos away. Guess what the food is made out of😉

  17. Rachel Moody says:

    hadnt even realized the lack of mosquitoes at disney world until this video

  18. Agent Smith says:

    Lucky chickens

  19. Colin Choi says:

    Then how did my dad get a mosquito bite

  20. clarkevander says:

    My school has eucalyptus trees. No mosquitoes 🙂

  21. Xyz Abc says:

    Mosquitos disliked this video.

  22. Jose ago says:

    Lies! nothing but lies!
    The truth is that Disney pay off the Mosquito Gangs of the area so they keep off property.
    If you see a mosquito in Disney is because is a turfwar going on.
    Stay away from those areas and call Goofy. He control the Gangs.
    You can find the Mosquito Gangs pimping around International Drive.

  23. hintsofblue says:

    Disney is and always will be a magical experience for many

  24. 3610eagles says:

    Whatever they're doing can we do it worldwide?

  25. Thomas Trout says:

    The mosquitos may be "under control" but it is a misnomer to write there are NO mosquitos at Disney World. Some may remember the Disney Institute option that allowed for classes and backstage studies @ Disney World. Truly my favorite Disney experience but I was signed up for A Rivers Of The World canoe tour scheduled for 7AM one morning and the night before memorandums were slipped under our doors announcing the cancellation of the event "due to mosquitos" and a recurrence of mosquito borne disease. So much for NO MOSQUITOS.

  26. Sean Webb says:

    What frame rate are you using?

  27. Auntie M says:

    Now to put out the word that they are abundant around the park.
    This may keep the visitors down, Disney lower their prices and I can go.

  28. Sjrick says:

    I am happy to have learned recently , that they are genetically manipulating them to basically wipe them out.

  29. Jacob Reichert says:

    The German ties are probably why, gotta love n hate German science. Deutsche Wissenschaft und Technik ist das Größte!

  30. joe anglo says:

    what are you talking about. There are mosquitos in Animal Kingdom, I just went there

  31. The South says:

    It’s so NO living thing can see whether or not Walt is alive or not.

  32. BonBun says:

    The gators eat’em for protein

  33. WaveRecordings says:

    why make a video everyone knows they play skrillex all around the park

  34. The Frontlines says:

    Easy to explain since I am a Floridian, we literally get any Gas-Releasing Can and a lighter and go to the nearest “horde” of the bastards.

  35. Taco_Man says:

    They made a team called mosquito patrol, whom sprays bug spray all over the park, but the bug spray is unnoticeable by smell.

  36. Jack Of No Trades says:

    bruh, you got a huge misquote on ur neck

  37. Matthew Fiechtner says:

    The thread coming out of your hoodie looks like a mosquito.

  38. kriquemo says:

    When I was at Disney there was tons of love bugs their I thought disney had no bugs lol

  39. Erebus Khan says:

    Been to Florida multiple times, mosquitos are worse in PA, Nepa to be exact

  40. Just a PLANK says:

    I’ve never seen a Disney world at Mosquitoes

  41. Stephen Jones says:

    Disney does a good job relative to the environment, but there are still plenty of mosquitoes around. I always use cutter bug repellant when I’m there, but i still get some bites in the evening particularly in animal kingdom.

  42. François Cauneau says:

    Very interesting !! But… how to say… slightly disappointed : for a moment I started to dream of a video showing mouses playing flute to attract clouds of mosquitos and leading them toward sea bottom 😉

  43. ATLHooligan says:

    That thread on your sweatshirt is pissing me off, I cant pay attention to what your saying. I'm just going to assume they have a flock of magical chickens that eats them all that they call SENTINEL CHICKENS.

  44. {Fhonix} says:

    What ever makes the musquitos stay away, instal it in my room pls

  45. kewl malibu says:

    Chickens get group discounts.

  46. Emma Smith says:

    Disney is not vegan

  47. J.D. Vision says:

    I live 6 miles from Disney, mosquitos are insane around my house!

  48. jdc527 says:

    Because mosquitoes, like birds, aren’t real..just another governmental conspiracy

  49. Lazer Kaufman says:

    Are these the sentinel chickens that almost killed the X-Men?

  50. Joanne Camacho says:

    The Gators ate them all.

  51. Slurp says:

    bro. I’VE NEVER REALIZED AND I’VE BEEN THERE 3 TIMES

  52. 42ang says:

    Let's just irraticate mosquito I honestly dont even care about the environmental impact at this point

  53. Ami Dark says:

    You see, they capture these mosquitoes and freeze them to death to preserve the blood of the humans they sucked on so that Disney can continue their cloning experiments under Cinderella's Castle to create workers that won't sue them over underwear and eventually will lead to the reviving of Walt, himself. Then Disney can deploy their army of clones to take over all of Florida, slowly cloning everyone there, gaining the blood of politicians and slowly making Florida the most powerful state because with all the retirees moving there, Disney will have the influence of millions of elderly who are powerhouses in the country. They're coming! THEY'RE COMING AFTER US ALL!

  54. Mr CANDY says:

    U got a voice for radio

  55. iamcortman1 says:

    Disney releases several large bags of spiders into the park every single day

  56. Powdered Granola says:

    Mosquitoes are actually made by Disney to spread havoc around the globe and leave Disney World as a safe haven

  57. fallun says:

    I'd be proud to say I was getting paid to be a genocidal mosquito terrorizer.

  58. Leslie Vey says:

    Mosquitos are picky where they hang out .

  59. Rich V says:

    Look at all those people at 1:51!! When i went D-WORLD 16 years ago right after labor day, the parks were empty, went on splash mountain like 15 times in a row with hardly any wait, till they told me to leave & i got multiple day(not park)tickets for around $30 a day, with most dark rides still there. Even test track had a very short wait.

  60. The Boba Turtle says:

    The muggles contacted the ministry of magic, they linked their fireplace to the floo powder network had a meeting, and they asked to have a barrier or protection spell put around the park. It costed a fortune which is why Disney land is so overpriced, they’re still paying back debt.

  61. SuperNova Anims says:

    I'm having a great life getting bitten by mosquito's getting my blood sucked by a flie there's nothing better I tell you

  62. VelvetMidnight says:

    I stayed at the hotel cuz I live in Cali.

    I left the sliding door open once cuz it was toooo hot I got bit 5 times and 3-4? Got in my room and I swatted around 2 away at the park smh

  63. Farmer George says:

    A big bug spritzer!

  64. Bailey Yorkie says:

    Omg Didn’t realize that there’s no mosquitos😮
    Edit:……wait a second when I went to Disney I saw some Bees in flowers and bees are worse than mosquitoes

  65. Bailey Yorkie says:

    How do you know all of this do you work there or did you?

  66. Trent Werner says:

    I’ve had mosquito bites at Disney world….
    It doesn’t work 100%

  67. Luca Alpha Wolf says:

    And dopey is in charge of it all

  68. RuLe djoovens says:

    Him: sentinel chickens help with Mosquitoes

    Me:fortnite help Disney

    My brain : the more you know 🌈🌈🌈🌈😂😂😂

  69. Gavril D series says:

    But there’s love bugs

  70. miguel cerda says:

    Hey Now!

    YOUR AN ALL-STAR!

  71. Chocomilk Gacha says:

    It’s because the mosquito are after me

  72. El don Pepo says:

    I hate mosquitos

  73. Joseph Rivera says:

    Alguien me puede decri en español lo que dijo???

  74. Hank Bridges says:

    Hey Walt Disney, if you believe aliens exist, I have swampland I'd like to sell you! 😂

  75. Joey The Pig says:

    Mosquitos keep out bc Disney said to mosquitoes that if they enter they big ugly

  76. Veer Chasm says:

    It’s because Mosquitoes have taste

  77. Hays Coleman says:

    omg, the seven dwarves had a real mosquito problem in snow white and the seven dwarves

  78. Danny C Illumini says:

    I think with all the unjust damage and misery and needless to say so many innocent child deaths the world over yes we should definitely massacre quite a lot of mosquitoes on the one hand. But at the same time perhaps not all. We should keep some, maybe on an island somewhere, inside a confined glass windowed prison to be visited by people who are interesting in researching nature and what have you, but for them to be let loose in that antichrist manner lets call it that they apparently are, killing so many millions throughout the ages in africa, india and malaysia to name but a few of many places, not acceptable human life comes first in everything always its like I say.

  79. Hydra Star says:

    How can I find (which keywords for YT video searching) the animated shorts in this video?

  80. Ahn Nhi says:

    Impressive planning and execution

  81. Tony says:

    Lol!!! Omg i laughed so hard at the sentinel chickens!!! That was fantastic.

  82. GD foof48 says:

    do not bully my home state of Florida again please

  83. Meme master says:

    My question is: why is there no wasps in wdw?

  84. Eileen Monserrate Garcia says:

    I got an add for Walt Disney when I started watching this video. Creepy.

  85. Isaac Lange says:

    I'll never forget three things in life. How to breathe, how to eat, and tat there are CHICKEN SENTINELS AT DISNEY WORLD

  86. Solenne Primeiro says:

    Am I the only person who loves mosquitoes

  87. Lorri French says:

    I need this in my back yard in TX. I have a bug service but still am getting nipped by something in my back yard.
    Thank you for this informative video.

  88. Doge Bro 200 says:

    Disney is wellcomeing human: hi well come to Disney

    Disney wellcomeing mosquitos: GET THE FUCK OUT

  89. Jim Patriot says:

    To bad the head of the EPA in the seventies went against all the real science and banned DDT which has caused a million people to die each year from bites. We could have eliminated the problem with DDT.

  90. reesemalo says:

    I've been to Disney,,, 6 times? I don't think I've ever encountered mosquitoes there.

  91. Samantha the gamer says:

    Legend says people died of a mosquito bite watching this

  92. Ninjareml NR says:

    Yet they can’t “afford” good Water

  93. davidthezombieking says:

    I never noticedthere's no mosquitoes in Disney world

  94. Orlando Tourist Traps says:

    No Mosquitos but billions of black love bugs and yes, snakes and gators that bite guests. But that is just nature. Disney World is built in the middle of a swamp so what do you expect? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSzYllMfkus

  95. Prxston says:

    0:57 it says August 23 2012 IT SHOULD BE 2011 CAUSE THATS WHEN I WAS BORN!

  96. brenda Playz says:

    They don't have enough money to enter WDW and Disneyland

  97. Mr Oof says:

    The mosquitos dont like disney

  98. FluffyPuff12129 says:

    At Epcot there’s a lot of mosquitoes at one gift shop.
    There was a white jacket with around 30-40 mosquitoes

  99. Quackalicious Productions says:

    The mosquitoes are scared of the sad lump of people mashed together in a park

  100. Clive Simmons says:

    In 2006 I was staying at Animal kingdom and got bitten whilst on my balcony overlooking the savanna one evening. My fault. Nobody else’s. The next morning I popped into the hotel shop for some bite cream and the cast member was horrified. Gave me the cream free and took details of my room number. By the time i had returned to my room with the cream a crew had arrived and were draining the pond outside my room!! No more bites for the rest of my stay…. amazing response.

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