Why People Won't Ever See Mosquitoes At Disney World
If you visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you’ll likely notice something strange: mosquitoes don’t buzz around the park. And this is particularly odd as the state is famous for its sticky weather and swampland — factors that normally attract hordes of unpleasant insects. But there’s a surprising reason why buzzy, bitey creatures stay well away from guests.
A lot of guests
By putting these special hidden mosquito-repelling features in place, Walt Disney has ended up protecting a lot of people. An average of over 52 million people flock to Disney World each year. And in 2019 all four of the parks within the resort earned their spots among the top nine most-visited theme parks on the globe. The Magic Kingdom actually topped the list at number one, as nearly 30 million holidaymakers stopped off to have some fun at the park. Mosquitoes would have a field day if they were able to make it inside!
What about the others?
And the guests aren’t the only people who are in the resorts. To keep things ticking over, Disney World relies on over 74,000 so-called “cast members” — making it the biggest single-site employer in the country. To keep their many employees happy, each year the company shells out over $1.2 billion in wages as well as $474 million on additional perks. As if working at Disney World wouldn't be a bit of a dream come true anyway!
Given the sheer numbers that Disney World attracts, then, running the resort is apparently a massive operation. There are 34 hotels on the site alone, for example! To put that into perspective, if you wanted to stay over in every hotel room in the park, it would take you 68 years! Though, to be honest, we can think of worse ways to spend your life.
More room to build
And in order to house and entertain so many guests, Disney World itself is huge. Yes, comprising almost 25,000 acres of land, it’s actually as big as San Francisco and twice as large as Manhattan! But only 50 percent of the land is currently being used. That’s because Disney himself was eager to preserve the area where the park was built, so a third of the property is protected for conservation — a factor you may think would also attract mosquitoes.