Attendance at Central Florida’s theme parks have been down for the past few months. Among the many reasons, one of the biggest is the fear of the mosquito born Zeka Virus. Today many Central Florida theme parks have announced that they are going to take a preemptive step in fighting Zeka, by offering free mosquito repellent to it’s guests. Tables have been set up at places like Disney Springs, and Walt Disney World, with Universal and SeaWorld following suit.
“In an abundance of caution, we are accelerating preventative efforts throughout our property, including providing complimentary insect repellent to our guests along with helpful guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Disney said in a statement. “We have an extensive mosquito-prevention and monitoring program in place, and we continue to work closely with local, state and federal experts on this topic.”
“Universal Orlando already has an aggressive, destination-wide prevention and management program in place for mosquitoes and other environmental issues. And we continue to work closely with local and state officials in this area. In addition–out of an abundance of caution and for their peace of mind–we will be making complimentary mosquito repellent available to guests upon their request.”
SeaWorld also addressed the issue:
“Our parks have robust mosquito control programs in place to ensure the health and safety of our guests, team members and animals”
The park will also start handing out free mosquito repellent that is not only safe to guests, but to their animals as well.