Here’s Why You’ll Never See Mosquitoes At Disney World
Have you visited the Walt Disney World Resort? If yes, you’ve most probably notice something peculiar: there are no mosquitoes around the park. And this is really strange since Florida – where Walt Disney World Resort is located – is well known for its swampland and icky weather. These common denominators commonly attract swarm of troublesome insects. But there’s a remarkable logic why the only guests that are welcomed in Disney World are human.
Prior to Disney World first opening its gates to the public back in October 1971, you can actually say that mosquitoes did exist around the area. Yet, Disney made a decision to build a resort in the insect-infested Sunshine State after the huge success of Disneyland, which was opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California. From the surveys in the 1950s, it showed that only 5 percent of visitors to the West Coast park traveled from beyond the Mississippi River. This is even though the area was home to 75 percent of Americans.
Apparently, Disney was eager back then to tap into that big potential market from the eastern side of US. And so, the filmmaker chose a site set in the Florida city of Bay Lake – which is close to Kissimmee and Orlando. And it was from here that Disney desired to build an attraction park that was to be known as “the Happiest Place on Earth.”
So Disney started designing the park enthusiastically, almost planning it in secret throughout the 1960s under a special code name “The Florida Project.” And so, the filmmaker anticipated that this project would be far more than your average amusement park and envisioned various attractions. For example, he thought of the area of Disney World that is famously known as Epcot.
Epcot – which means “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” – was supposed to be an urban community project that would serve as the backdrop city living’s latest developments. It was initiated by Disney himself, however after his death in December 1966 the experimental plans at that time got abandoned. Rather, Disney World end up more like Disneyland than the filmmaker had supposedly planned.