Mosquitoes are nasty little bugs that latch onto you, suck your blood and leave you with an itchy welt for days on end. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they’re also one of the deadliest animals in the world and can potentially spread a wide variety of diseases that can run the gamut from hurting you to causing birth defects to killing you.
Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water and Florida has a whole, WHOLE lot of swampland so the mosquito issue is pretty bad here in the Sunshine State. Walt Disney World (WDW) is, of course, in the business of guest experience so it’s to their advantage to minimize the number of mosquitoes that are on their nearly 25,000 acres of property, much of which is, of course, swampland. And they proactively do a really good job of it. Here’s how:
Before you start asking, that footage Grumpy, Happy, Dopey, etc. wasn’t edited scenes from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. It’s from a propaganda film Disney made in 1943, during World War II. The 10-minute short was called The Winged Scurge and was about the dangers of malaria and the insects that carried it, when the U.S. and its allies were fighting in the Pacific Ocean area and the disease was a real threat to “our boys.” The film is, of course, very dated (spraying oil in the water? Ummmmm, no).
Now, have they eradicated mosquitoes at WDW? Not at all. But after countless evenings on Disney property over the past 25-30 years, I can tell you that I get less “skeeter” bites there than I do at local parks or even, to be honest, in my own front yard. So I say let them keep on doing what they’re doing!
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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary
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So cool! I had no idea