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Guests Assert Cultural Hygiene Standards Contribute to Mold at Disney World

Three realistic pirate figures with a dog in a dimly lit, stone-walled setting, appearing cautious and curious, dressed in traditional attire at the Disney Parks.
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One Disney fan recently made a rather interesting claim about why mold was more easily found at the Central Florida Disney Resort than at one particular overseas Disney theme park.

Mold at the Walt Disney World Resort is a common enough problem that guests have expressed their dissatisfaction with it multiple times over. There have been many guests who have noted mold in expensive hotel rooms or even in rides and attractions (we’re looking at you, “it’s a small world”).

In fact, even some beloved Disney World attractions even shut down permanently due to mold.

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Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World / Credit: Greg Park, Unsplash

As many might already know, mold poses a significant health hazard. According to the Rhode Island State Department of Health, mold can cause “allergic symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itching, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, headache, and fatigue.”

Not only this, repeated exposure to mold can cause an increased severity of these allergic reactions. In addition, if mold is found indoors, it can cause air quality issues. In addition, “certain molds, such as Stachybotrys and Aspergillus, can produce toxins called mycotoxins under certain conditions,” which, in turn, can result in more serious illness.

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Now, with all the announcements of the attractions coming to Tokyo Disney Resort and the upcoming Tangled-inspired land and Frozen-themed land, fans have been lamenting how the domestic Disney Parks don’t live up to the Disney experience at Tokyo Disney Resort.

But apparently, that’s not all Tokyo Disneyland has going for it. According to one fan, Tokyo Disneyland doesn’t have molds because Japanese culture is unforgiving of it. The fan wrote,

“Tokyo Disneyland doesn’t have molds. It is because in Japanese culture, mold is related to a concept called “嫌な衛生状態” which means “disgusting hygiene”

Now, if you’re a local Disney World (or, for that matter, Disneyland) guest who is scrunching up their nose in confusion at the assertion that not liking mold is a Japanese concept, you’re not the only one.

Another fan also took the opportunity to ask, “do you think not liking mold is a [Japanese] concept” 

The OP responded with a simple “yes,” to the question posed to them.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

The comment was prompted by a discussion where domestic fans were frustrated at the standard of rides that Tokyo Disneyland would soon enjoy while the domestic Disney Parks languished in what fans consider a “less-good” state.

It’s a debate that can go on for days on end, where many have taken the time to note that Tokyo Disney Resort is run and owned by the Oriental Land Company (not The Walt Disney Company), and yet others have noted that the audience demographics vary depending on the Disney Park.

Ultimately, it’s certainly an interesting take to assert that an entire cultural philosophy is the reason for the presence or lack thereof of mold.

What do you think of this perspective? Do you think Japanese cultural standards are the reason there is no mold at Tokyo Disney Resort? Let Disney Dining know in the comments. 

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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