Just Back : Attack of the Flies!!!

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by ChrisnKim913, May 12, 2013.

  1. Lindymagoo

    Lindymagoo Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    57
    We were there from 7th-12th, staying at the cabins at Ft. Wilderness. I brought a ton of bug spray, and to be honest, I think I sprayed our deck area one night, and that was it. I did not notice the swarms of flies that everyone has been talking about while we were there. But then again, I was not looking for them either.

    We did see some love bugs, and several hundred tried to hitch a ride on our car for the ride back north, but I am pretty sure, none of them made it out of Florida alive. Lol.
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. FortForever

    FortForever Disney since Day 1

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    924
    Oh, believe me, you would not have to be looking for them. If you hit a pocket, you would surely notice.

    Many posters seem to be missing the fact that they are not everywhere. They are in isolated pockets within the parks and some resorts. Of the swarms that I encountered, only two were near food places.

    I have spent 12 days in WDW in the past three weeks. I didn't run across the flies every day. The majority of all the parks were fly-free. Then, out of nowhere, I would be in the middle of a swarm. The swarms were not always located in the same locations day to day.

    It's hard to describe to people who have not been unfortunate enough to run into them. You could spend a week at the parks, and if you were never in the wrong place at the wrong time, you would never encounter them.
     
  4. dawgem

    dawgem Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    May 15, 2013
    Messages:
    18
    What a terrible thing to read while planning a trip.

    More meals at the condo.

    :stir::stir:
     
  5. dawgem

    dawgem Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    May 15, 2013
    Messages:
    18
    I read the one post about applying deet online.

    Does anyone have a tip about what to use to deter evil flies?
     
  6. Kimbysmom

    Kimbysmom Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    256
    We flew home on the 3rd, and I'm grateful after reading this thread. Although, we were in MK on the 2nd, and my dd and I both noticed a small swarm of flies in front of Cinderella's Castle. One thing that did gross dd out though, were the numerous dead ants floating in the Cars pool at AOA :crazy2:
     
  7. FortForever

    FortForever Disney since Day 1

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    924
    You will not need it. The flies are easy to get away from. They are not everywhere. If you run across a swarm, just walk away from it. For some reason, they stay together.
     
  8. ChrisnKim913

    ChrisnKim913 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2006
    Messages:
    625
    Touring Plans just posted on Twitter that the doors of the Liberty Tree Tavern were closed for dinner. When they asked a CM, they said its due to the flies. Nice to see WDW is aware of the problem
     
  9. MyHappiestPlace

    MyHappiestPlace Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2009
    Messages:
    222
    We noticed the fly situation this past weekend as well. We went to DTD and visited The Basin - tons of flies!! Of course the doors were open but I have never seen flies like this before in this store even w/ doors open. The next day we went to Blizzard Beach and again more flies!! I live about 20 min from WDW and I have never seen anything quite like this. Its annoying! I mean lovebugs are annoying to a point; but these werre SUPER annoying.
     
  10. TwinkleKS

    TwinkleKS Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2013
    Messages:
    315
    I must live a fly infested life :confused3 because I didn't think the bugs seemed that horrible.

    We were there last week, and yes there were love bugs around, but I wasn't really bothered by it. Sure they swarmed near trash cans, so I stayed away from the trash cans unless throwing away trash. Plus, I think the love bugs are pretty harmless. They don't do anything to you, unlike mosquitos. So we didn't use any bug spray and I can remember maybe a handful of times in seven days when one of my kids squeeled because the bug was actually on them.
     
  11. lillykat

    lillykat DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2001
    Messages:
    1,360
    They have been pretty bad. The flies seem to have been everywhere at the magic kingdom yesterday. There was no gwtting away from them there. Everyone was commenting on them.

    But not sure bug spray will do much. They are everywhere and annoying but other than all over they haven't bothered us.
     
  12. BoardWalkBelle

    BoardWalkBelle DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    893
    Love bugs and flies have been very few the past two days. Hopefully they will be completely gone. I know the love bugs will be gone very soon. The flies have been nuts!
     
  13. AddiesDad

    AddiesDad Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2013
    Messages:
    11
    We just got back today, the flies were out of control. One cast member did tell us it was from the new "organic fertilizer" they were using and that the management was aware of the issue. They seemed to be most attracted to strollers, as there was always a bunch on the canopy when we came back to where we parked it. The area around The Lunching Pad was especially infested. There were huge patches of flies under tables - even tables people were eating at. Kids were jumping trying to squash a few.
     
  14. Feralpeg

    Feralpeg Living and Loving Windermere!

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2000
    Messages:
    18,068
    The flies are bad all over the area. They are bad at my home and I haven't used any new fertilizer. I was swarmed at Winter Garden Village which is at least ten miles from Disney property. It's just a bad year for flies!
     
  15. bwang123

    bwang123 Posts: 1,457,177,981

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2012
    Messages:
    887
    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.
     
  16. FortForever

    FortForever Disney since Day 1

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    924

    Ack! Then they're getting worse. I was at MK on Saturday and you could still get away from them at that time.
     
  17. Kitkat6595

    Kitkat6595 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2012
    Messages:
    186
    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  18. LoriR

    LoriR Mouseketeer and DIS Veteran Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 1999
    Messages:
    2,965
    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!
     
  19. Magpie

    Magpie DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    6,584
    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.
     
  20. scrapquitler

    scrapquitler DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2007
    Messages:
    8,578
    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
     
  21. Magpie

    Magpie DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    6,584
    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
     

Share This Page