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  • [Question] How Does Disney Deal With Birds?

    Hey Everyone,

    I've been going through the park lately, and it's come to my attention that I have never seen any ducks or birds inside of any attraction.
    Today while in line for It's A Small World, there were some ducks sitting in the water, getting close to the opening, then they would fly back a little and do the same again.
    What is Disney doing here? A fan that runs when there are no boats present? High-frequency sound?
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    Ever notice those carts selling the drumsticks?
    "The old man's gonna knock on the sky. Listen to the sound."

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
      Ever notice those carts selling the drumsticks?
      Beat me to it.
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      • #4
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        Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
        Ever notice those carts selling the drumsticks?
        I knew those didn't taste like turkey!

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
          Ever notice those carts selling the drumsticks?
          Always supply on hand.
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          • #6
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            I saw a mother duck and ducklings swimming through the Rivers of America right before Fantasmic. When the show started, they scattered and found another place to settle. I don't think Disney does anything to dissuade the ducks from staying put, I just think that the loud noises and bright lights coming from attractions frighten them.

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            • #7
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              disney has trouble with ducks on the monorail beams. monorail has to stay put till duck moves.

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              • #8
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                I would like to know how they keep pigeons away.

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                • #9
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                  Always makes me laugh. x)
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                    Re: How Does Disney Deal With Birds?

                    Originally posted by DisneyRicky View Post
                    Hey Everyone,

                    I've been going through the park lately, and it's come to my attention that I have never seen any ducks or birds inside of any attraction.
                    Today while in line for It's A Small World, there were some ducks sitting in the water, getting close to the opening, then they would fly back a little and do the same again.
                    What is Disney doing here? A fan that runs when there are no boats present? High-frequency sound?
                    Actually, it is a lower frequency sound. It plays in a loop at all times the attraction is open and can be heard with the naked ear.

                    It just keeps playing, and playing, and playing.

                    In actuality, I am not sure what their wildlife management techniques are. You would think that there would be more things like pigeons trying to exploit the free meals that a place like Disneyland provides. I know they keep the cats fed to keep down the critter population, but aside from that, no idea.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by SS77 View Post
                      Always makes me laugh. x)

                      You I always wondered why the monorails had horns, now I know...
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                      • #12
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                        Ironically, there are videos of the Pilots honking the horn like life depends on it, and the ducks just sit there.

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                        • #13
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                          Assuming the MR's have air brakes and the on-board air they have, they should just rig up a nozzle to squirt a blast of air at them.

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                          • #14
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                            As far as duck population, certain birds pick off the little ones before they get too big. Circle of life.

                            What is truly amazing, is watching the crows at dusk. They fly around and jostle for position on the higher branches. Must be some kind of seniority nesting.
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                              Originally posted by SS77 View Post
                              Always makes me laugh. x)
                              That is hysterical!! I've never seen that before!
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                              • #16
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                                After visiting WDW, the bird 'problem' at DLR seems like nothing! While in WDW, we were walking through Frontierland, past the entrance of Country Bear Jamboree, and the herons and seagulls were really thick around the River and the food carts lining the water. The birds were everywhere--think Alfred Hitchcock.... There was a group of about 4 teenage girls coming towards us. One seagull swooped down and cut right in front of her, its wing grazing her. Shoulda heard her scream! It was hilarious.
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                                • #17
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                                  Originally posted by Druggas View Post
                                  As far as duck population, certain birds pick off the little ones before they get too big. Circle of life.

                                  What is truly amazing, is watching the crows at dusk. They fly around and jostle for position on the higher branches. Must be some kind of seniority nesting.
                                  Yeah, the crows didn't know what to do that morning they found an elephant with a hangover in one of those trees... kinda funny, I saw a movie about that once.

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                                  • #18
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                                    In the spring, there are always ducks and duck families in the sub lagoon. But they just ride the waves or quickly paddle out of the way of the giant yellow thing coming towards them. Or they hop up on the front of the sub and quack angrily at the helmsman while they're trying to drive.

                                    It's extremely rare for a duck to make it behind the waterfalls (that water comes down pretty hard), and even then they just spook the helmsman by flapping about until they find their way back out into the light.

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                                    • #19
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                                      On Thursday afternoon I got on Small World and there were two CMs standing on the grassy area by the canal watching over a nest of baby ducks that had JUST hatched. I never went back on the ride so I don't know what happened to them, but the Small World canal is no place for newborn baby ducks to learn how to swim. I hope they are okay.

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                                      • #20
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                                        Well, one time I had a half of a box of popcorn and left it out in my stroller, only to return to find two pigeons going to town on it. Oops.

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