BREAKING: Disney World to Distribute Free Insect Repellent to Fight Zika Virus

On the heels of the announcement that the pool at River Country will be filled in, Disney has now announced that will start handing out insect repellent at their resort starting Sunday.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Walt Disney World will start giving out free insect repellent throughout its resort Sunday, as the threat of Zika comes increasingly close to Orlando.

Disney confirmed it will have various types of insect repellent at its theme parks, at Disney Springs and the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. There will also be aerosol cans in hotel rooms.

Signs will be posted letting people know the repellent is available.

“In an abundance of caution, we are accelerating preventative efforts throughout our property, including providing complimentary insect repellent to our Guests along with helpful guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,” Disney said in an emailed statement. ”We have an extensive mosquito-prevention and monitoring program in place, and we continue to work closely with local, state and federal experts on this topic.”

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Nick
Nick
3 years ago

In their emailed statement, it seems they were careful to not use the word “Zika.”

Ed Mouse
Ed Mouse
3 years ago

In your post, it seems. your paranoid side seems to have shown.

chris
chris
3 years ago

who cares if they said zika or not? this is a great step by disney!

Shane Savant
3 years ago

To be honest, in 7 Trips, I have never seen a mosquito at WDW, much less been bitten! Pretty awesome considering the location! Whatever they are doing, keep it up!

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Shane Savant

You’ve gotta be joking, or were there from 11am-1pm! There’s a ton of mosquitos at the parks except in the middle of the day. During love bug season, there’s swarms. It didn’t used to be that way, but whatever they used to do to control pests, they cut back on. We always wear Deet at the parks along with sunscreen. Even before Zika.

Danny
Danny
3 years ago

CLEARLY its an issue otherwise Disney wouldn’t be doing this.. Regardless if a guest has never seen a Mosquito at the park or not…

Xander L.
Xander L.
3 years ago

Disney will most likely get a Zika case before the end of September. They already had one reported in Tampa. Women who are pregnant, or want to be will be advised to avoid Disney. That’s gotta be scary. NO WONDER Bob Iger hates the parks. Movies and media are so much less hassle (and profitable).

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

What kind of name is Zika anyway?

donhitchdc
3 years ago

I was bitten pretty bad at the Trader Sams patio at the Poly when it first opened.

ajh
ajh
3 years ago

Saw a huge mouse just wandering around the parks too, What are they gonna do about the rodent problem, never mind the zika

Juan
Juan
3 years ago
Reply to  ajh

How true. Not that Disney can control all pests, they used to do a lot more. Those teams fired. The Mexico boat ride is infested with rats at Epcot. Look around water lines next time, and you’ll see them. The handing out of mosquito towelettes sounds like it came from the Disney LEGAL department. The ‘make it nice and safe for customers department’ and the rodent, pest and alligator control department left the premises long ago.

This Guy
This Guy
3 years ago
Reply to  ajh

This guy gets it!

Heather
Heather
3 years ago

I vist WDW every other year and we almost never see bigs at all. We see bees, wasps, and lots of gnats when you’re near water. I just came back from WDW last week and we kept smelling citronella, mainly in the MK.

Michelle
Michelle
3 years ago
Reply to  Heather

Not us. We are pass holders and get bitten every morning and evening and still wear bug repellant.

Side note, on Disney park email survey yesterday, they asked us a question about how we felt about more blackout dates for pass holders. Any word? Obviously they’re considering it. The parks kinda losing appeal as they cut back and crowds increase. Might be time for us to pass on the pass. Maybe get them for a year when some of the construction is done and areas open We’ve had them off and on the last 9 years.

Patty M
Patty M
3 years ago

I live in Pennsylvania and there are rodents and mosquitos here too. I do not know why people have to complain about everything. Do not go anywhere and stay home if that is the way you feel.

Michelle
Michelle
3 years ago
Reply to  Patty M

Irrelevant and uneducated post Patty M. If they ignore Zika, the mosquitos that live in homes as well as out. Ignoring health concerns is negligent. Glad you are unemployed and not in charge of anything related to this. Back to your hole.

MP
MP
3 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

If people take the proper precautions odds are you will be okay. And Patty is right, bugs and rodents are everywhere. Naturally rodents are going to stay in places were food is found and the Zika virus could be anywhere.
How can you judge someone you do not even know.

Michelle
Michelle
3 years ago
Reply to  MP

MP, Not judging you nor Patty, but your posts are based on ignorance. “The odds are you’re OK?” Come on. Explain that to the parents who’s kid eaten off the beach this summer. Without professional interventions more than spraying on Deet…pests (Zika), rodents, alligators, etc cause injury. And on this post, half the people believe there are few mosquitos at Disney. Nor rats. Nor alligators. Nor snakes. Disney has cut areas of this by a hundred fold, and now reacting to recent deaths and fears with spray, signs, nets to close ‘beaches’, etc. The particular mosquito that causes Zika lives… Read more »

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[…] WDW News Today spotted the sign first preventing mosquitoes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Florida this morning. And theme park podcaster Derek Burgan spotted the new prevention mosquitoes signs Universal Orlando. At this point, just about everyone visiting Florida probably know Zika, the disease that is currently making its way through Miami and can cause birth defects. However, it is still interesting to note that none of the materials in these parks mention the word. […]

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[…] WDW News Today spotted the first mosquito prevention sign at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Florida this morning. And theme park podcasterDerek Burgan spotted the new mosquito prevention signs at Universal Orlando. At this point just about everybody visiting Florida probably knows about Zika, the disease that’s currently making its way through Miami and can cause birth defects. But it’s still interesting that none of the materials at these parks mention the word. […]

Enuff
Enuff
3 years ago

From the way the news media keeps harping on about the Zika virus, one would think that it’s right up there with the plague in terms of its threat to humanity. But truth be told, Zika is typically no more serious than a mild fever, and those who contract the virus end up developing natural immunity to it for the rest of their lives. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains on its website that the vast majority of people who contract Zika don’t ever show symptoms at all. Among those who do, the symptoms are generally… Read more »

Jake
Jake
3 years ago
Reply to  Enuff

Um, not much of your post has anything factual in it. Please don’t follow this persons health advice. Zika is a big deal, and pregnant women, or their sexual mates can get a disease without knowing it in many cases which will result in a child born with deformity. Florida is already on some other countries “NO FLY” zone. This is a big deal.

Enuff
Enuff
3 years ago
Reply to  Jake

Believe what you want. The truth is there for those that seek it out. Go to the CDC website and see for yourself.

PeterBell
PeterBell
3 years ago

I agree with Enuff. Zika is known to be harmful to unborn children but not the general population. The bugspray being handed out is way more harmful than the virus. Why should the rest of us be exposed to others spraying those harmful chemicals? Disney should be on the forefront and at least hand out something that isn’t as controversial and toxic as DEET. We go to DW every year and have never been bitten. I rarely see mosquitos in the parks. This year, we will skip DW until they stop handing out the bug spray. The risk of inhaling… Read more »