PHOTOS: Disney World Rolls Out Free Mosquito Repellent to Combat Zika Virus

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On Saturday, we told you about the introduction of complimentary bug repellent at the Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs to help combat the Zika Virus presence in central Florida. On Sunday, Disney rolled out the program resort wide. Here’s how it works…

Mosquito Prevention Kiosk in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom
Mosquito Prevention Kiosk in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom

These kiosks are located all around the parks and Disney Springs. Cast members are handing pamphlets out to guests about mosquito prevention and then invite them to apply repellent to themselves. On Sunday, cast were tallying the number of guests using the program. By mid-afternoon, one kiosk at Disney Springs informed us that they already had over 50 guests who had taken advantage of the program.

Repellent Basket at a kiosk in Disney Springs
Repellent Basket at a kiosk in Disney Springs

Guests do not actually receive anything to keep with them, but they can stop at these kiosks and apply the repellent to themselves. All resort rooms at Walt Disney World have similar bottles of repellent placed in them by housekeeping. Guests do in fact get to keep these bottles distributed to their guest room.

It is unknown for how long Walt Disney World will offer the repellent, but it will likely be until the threat of Zika is gone from the Central Florida area.

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  • Disney Lawyers…good preemptive strike! Or they’re reacting to Universal and Sea World who beat them to this. Zika will impact Florida tourism for just the next year or two.

  • What’s strange about this is I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a biting mosquito at WDW. In fact for years I found it so strange that at a place like Epcot, you could walk around on a warm, humid night and yet with all the bodies of standing water they have there–you’d think prime habitat for mosquitoes–you’d never see one. I never found out just what they were doing to keep the mosquito population under control, but wish I knew.

    • We always go in February and in April this year and October can I have to agree with the guy and I have always thought I’ve never seen a mosquito or had a problem. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself

    • They have mosquito repelling plants everywhere. Examples are marigold, pennyroyal, lemon balm, catnip, basil, lavender, peppermint, etc. They also house birds and other deterrent insects to deter the mosquitos. They also set traps for them in the mornings before park opening and spray daily. I’ve never been bitten in Disney except at Animal Kingdom.

      • I wish what you said was someone true..wishes. Plants, larvae eating fish, and other measures are useless against a pond the size of a cup of water, and there’s no birds, bats including that make a dent in Florida’s mosquito population. The particular mosquito that carries ZIka has to be sprayed. And a lot. In other words, fogging while guests are present.

        Disney has tons of mosquitos, rats, and other pests, which they have cut back drastically on control. If you don’t notice them, you’re not looking. Maybe now that Zika here, they’ll rehire the staff to control it. Doubt it. Easier to spray guests. They didn’t rehire the gator/wildlife teams the let go after the kid was killed by the alligator at Disney..they only put up ropes and signs. Disney hasn’t taken true safety to heard in about a decade. It’s only about perception they’re doing something.

    • Need glasses or to visit outside middle of day stevenw. The skeeters aren’t out during the middle of the day, but hit the parks, any of them early morning or dusk and you’ll be fed upon. Good number of rats in the parks too, usually around water, water rides like Mexican Boat ride.

  • 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 mild, the most common among them being a small rash, red eyes (conjunctivitis), joint and muscle pain, mild fever and headaches.
    These symptoms can last for up to a week, but generally aren’t serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. And very few people, if any, actually die from Zika, despite all the fear-mongering from public health officials and vaccine hawks pushing experimental jabs on pregnant women.
    Also, Cutter contains DEET which can be extremely harmful to children. If you must use mosquito repellent, use something that contains Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus – the only plant based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    • You’re no health expert. Eucalyptus isn’t effective for the type of mosquito that carries Zika. Zika is more insidious than the plague, which not mosquito borne to begin with, and minor in comparison to malaria. ZIka potentially damning to Disney’s bottom line. Any disease that often shows no symptoms until a child born with deformity, and can be spread sexually after an mosquito bite to mom or dad is a new one only pregnant/soon to be pregnant women with their head in the sand will not avoid.

      • A group of doctors from South America are now saying the brain deformations the world is witnessing are caused by the mass fumigation of low-income Brazilian people with a chemical larvicide, not by mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. From the doctors at Red Universitaria de Ambiente y Salud (the Red University of Environment and Health):
        “A dramatic increase of congenital malformations, especially microcephaly in newborns, was detected and quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, they fail to recognise that in the area where most sick persons live, a chemical larvicide producing malformations in mosquitoes has been applied for 18 months, and that this poison (pyroproxyfen) is applied by the State on drinking water used by the affected population.”
        You can believe the lies you are told or research the truth for yourself.

  • Arrived today. No insect repellent in resort room. No kiosk in Magic Kingdom. 3 cast members sent me to 3 locations with nothing there. ☹️

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