If you visit the Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll likely notice something strange: mosquitoes don’t buzz around the park. And this is particularly odd as the state of Florida – where the amusement park is located – is famous for its sticky weather and swampland. These factors commonly attract hordes of unpleasant insects. But there’s a surprising reason why the only guests that grace Disney World are human.
Before Disney World first opened its gates to the public in October 1971, though, it’s safe to say that mosquitoes did hover around the site. However, Disney decided to build a resort in the insect-riddled Sunshine State after the success of Disneyland, which was unveiled in 1955 in Anaheim, California. Market surveys from the 1950s had shown that only 5 percent of visitors to the West Coast attraction traveled from beyond the Mississippi River, you see – despite the fact that this area was home to 75 percent of Americans.