TikToker Claims There are no Mosquitoes at Disney Thanks to 'Surveillance Program'

As it turns out, Walt Disney World might really be the happiest place on Earth. Yesterday, Michael McBride claimed in a now-viral TikTok that not only will guests of Walt Disney World in Florida never encounter a mosquito while on the property, but that this is possible thanks to a "mosquito surveillance program."

The TikTok is fairly simple. McBride holds a house plant and lists out facts about Disney's mosquito surveillance program on the screen.

The TikTok reads: "There are no mosquitoes at Disney World, even though it's in the middle of the Florida swamps. Disney doesn't want to do anything to damage a guest's experience. So they have a 'Mosquito Surveillance Program.' It's one of the best in the world. They spray 86 miles with insecticide twice a day. They even have 'sentinel chickens' whose blood they test for mosquito-borne illnesses."

The TikTok was posted with the caption, "Disney World has its own government, but that's a whole other story." So far, the post has collected more than one million views.


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The reactions of commenters were pretty mixed. Some were shocked, others were impressed with the program, and others ... Well, others claimed that they'd definitely received mosquito bites at the popular park before.

"Disney stays doing the most," said one commenter.

"The devil works hard but Disney works harder," joked another.

"Why don't we do this all over the world," asked another, obviously a fan of the program and not so much a fan of mosquitoes.

But not everyone online seems to agree on the insecticides Disney uses or when and where Disney sprays them.

According to some commenters, there are two major factors that detract mosquitoes from the park, the first being that the park doesn't have any still water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. The second being garlic, which is what Disney allegedly sprays to keep mosquitoes away.

"They spray garlic," commented one TikToker. "I know because my dad researched it and now our property smells like Italian dinner every few weeks."

"Y'all, the insecticides are garlic spray," said another. "There's also zero still water in the parks for things like mosquitos to nest in or breed."

On its website, Disney did confirm that it does use a mosquito monitoring program. In response to a concerned park-goer who wanted to know how mosquitoes are controlled on the property, Disney had this to say: "We have an extensive mosquito prevention and monitoring program across property." The website does not go into any further detail.

According to a viral 2018 YouTube video from the account Midway to Main Street, the Mosquito Surveillance Program employs a variety of techniques — including the chickens — which helps tell Disney employees when and where they need to spray insecticides. Disney doesn't just blindly spray down the entire property on a daily basis, says the video.

It remains unclear if Disney has ever publicly announced the insecticides used in the park or other details of the program; however, whether it's due to garlic spray, sentinel chickens, or the ever-flowing water, guests can rest easy knowing that Disney is going above and beyond to ensure the best experience possible.

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A viral TikTok claims that Walt Disney World resort has a "mosquito surveillance program" to detract mosquitoes from entering the property. the details, however, are being debated. Handout / Handout/Getty