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Walt Disney World Won’t Say The Word Zika

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Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Florida have all put up signs about mosquito prevention efforts today. The Florida theme parks will also start offering free mosquito repellant to any visitors who ask for it. But curiously you won’t find the one word that matters on any of the signs or handouts: Zika.

WDW News Today spotted the first mosquito prevention sign at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Florida this morning. And theme park podcasterDerek Burgan spotted the new mosquito prevention signs at Universal Orlando. At this point just about everybody visiting Florida probably knows about Zika, the disease that’s currently making its way through Miami and can cause birth defects. But it’s still interesting that none of the materials at these parks mention the word.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Governor Rick Scott has been talking to many of the Orlando area’s theme parks about what to do about the Zika situation. Tourism is obviously a huge part of Florida’s economy, and worries about Zika could potentially have a dramatic economic impact on the region.

“[Governor Scott] held multiple conference calls with Visit Florida and tourism leaders to make them aware of things they can do,” a spokesperson told theOrlando Sentinel about the plan to offer free mosquito repellent. “He appreciates all of these businesses doing this.” – READ MORE

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