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Old 05-15-2013, 10:02 PM   #136
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we are here now and while eating my frankfurter in germany a group of flies snatched half of it and took off when i wasn't looking. when i chased after them a few of their friends flew off with my beer. i complained and disney gave me free captain eo fast passes.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:08 PM   #137
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We just returned and have never seen so many flies everywhere! I've been to Disney during many seasons and never encountered so many flies!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:11 PM   #138
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Are they flies (big filthy critters that stand around on your food rubbing their hands together evilly) or gnats (clouds of tiny critters that fly up your nose)? Do they bite? Do they follow you around, or mostly ignore you? Are they attracted to garbage?

Small flies that bite are blackflies and midges, but you'd know if you had them. They don't hang out in large groups. They act more like homing missiles and their bites will leave you bleeding.

If they're gnats, then the massive clouds of them are just them having sexy parties. They're random, and not interested in you (although they can seem to follow you around sometimes if you get your head stuck in the middle of a sex cloud) or your food. It was probably an unusually wet or warm spring, and a ton of them hatched all at once. Gnats are annoying, but harmless. When they're in breeding mode, they don't even eat.

From everything I've been reading, these sound more like gnats than flies.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:14 PM   #139
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Are they flies (big filthy critters that stand around on your food rubbing their hands together evilly) or gnats (clouds of tiny critters that fly up your nose)? Do they bite? Do they follow you around, or mostly ignore you? Are they attracted to garbage?

Small flies that bite are blackflies and midges, but you'd know if you had them. They don't hang out in large groups. They act more like homing missiles and their bites will leave you bleeding.

If they're gnats, then the massive clouds of them are just them having sexy parties. They're random, and not interested in you (although they can seem to follow you around sometimes) or your food. It was probably an unusually wet or warm spring, and a ton of them hatched all at once. Gnats are annoying, but harmless. When they're in breeding mode, they don't even eat.

From everything I've been reading, these sound more like gnats than flies.
I think maybe people are actually seeing love bugs, not flies. This is around the time if year we went when we were inundated with gazillions of love bugs
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:16 PM   #140
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I think maybe people are actually seeing love bugs, not flies. This is around the time if year we went when we were inundated with gazillions of love bugs
A few of the posters have been insisting they're not love bugs, but if there's enough of them, I'm sure they could look just like flies...

Here's a pic of them swarming at a Disney bus stop: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swarmoflovebugs.jpg
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No, these were flies! Regular house flies everywhere, lovebugs were out too.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:27 PM   #142
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Was at MK Monday was at the smoking area behind the castle and looked down at my sons shoes and he had about 20 flies on one shoe it was horrible in MK with the fliesdidnt see many at AK today
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:40 PM   #143
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No, these were flies! Regular house flies everywhere, lovebugs were out too.
Sounds like spring around here, then. They seem to hatch out of the soil and for a few weeks they're crawling over everything, and coming up in clouds when you walk over muddy patches. I'm actually kind of happy to see them each year, as it means the ground's finally thawed for good and winter's over.

Just keep them off your food! The little beggers have sticky feet, like to barf on everything they touch so the enzymes in their saliva can break it down enough to eat, and they're a really bad source of cross contamination, considering they lay their eggs in animal feces. Packing some hand disinfectant can't hurt.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:48 PM   #144
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Yea they are flies... Not love bugs or gnats or anything like that. At least Disney is aware of the situation and closing doors to some of its restaurants.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:55 PM   #145
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What is with the insistence that people are seeing something other than flies? Lovebugs don't behave anything like flies and just float around more interested in each other. It is easy to tell them apart. These are FLIES, darting around after your food and anything else.


For what it's worth we did encounter a group of biting gnats near Canada waiting for illuminations one night. But those were much smaller than these flies.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #146
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They are FLIES! Not love bugs. I live here, I know the difference between a fly and love bug, they don't even look alike.
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Having been in the parks all day for the last 7 days and growing up in the south I know for a fact they are Flies. I think it is a little silly that no one believes us.

Disney is aware of the situation but as reported before it is not just a Disney issue. It seems to be a central Florida wide issue with large swarms popping up all over.

I was in MK today and while I didn't notice as many adult flies I did see several mid-life flies. I will say it is weird how spaced and in specific areas they are. Spent the day in Adventureland and not but 1 fly spot walked over to Pecos bill and the Enchanted tales and they were every where!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:28 PM   #148
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My mom called me from DTD the other day. She said they were having a nice time except for the flies! I said I already knew because I saw it on the Dis!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:35 PM   #149
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They are definitely regular black houseflies. Not gnats or lovebugs or anything else. They don't bite, either, and they are interested in food.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:58 PM   #150
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wow, I hope Disney fixes this soon
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