The mold issues have been remedied.
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 4, 2008
The Grand Floridian Hotel has discovered extensive mold growth in its hallways. Lurking beneath an elegant façade of expensive wallpaper, an unwelcome guest has been uncovered: mold. Careful examination reveals that the mold has spread to cover large areas outside of numerous guest rooms.
The moldy discovery came from the guests themselves when a Florida family checked into their $788 per night hotel room hoping for a magical getaway. What they got instead was a room filled with a musty odor, much like that of an old fishing cabin at a lake that hadn't been aired out since the previous summer. It didn't take long before the guests spotted a dark, powdery substance on the walls and along the baseboards of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Concerned for their safety, the family left immediately and checked into a different resort.
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A local cab driver suggested that recent hurricane activity has left the popular tourist destination with a serious water intrusion problem, possibly the source of the mold infestation. Mold grows best in moist conditions such as after a flood or when a roof leaks. The smell of mold and fungi can be easily detected in the hallways and rooms of the Grand Floridian.
According to Mark Decherd, owner of Dryout, Inc., a national water damage restoration firm, most molds are not harmful to healthy people. However, those with health conditions, allergies, asthma, suppressed immune systems, or lung conditions can experience unpleasant side effects from exposure. In addition to the common varieties of mold, a few molds produce toxic mycotoxins which can affect anyone, causing a variety of more serious side effects.
One of the first signs of a significant mold problem is a "musty" odor which is what the Disney guests immediately experienced upon entering their room. Other signs of mold infestation include visual mold growth such as the dusty black powder sighted along the baseboards of the hallways. Upon pulling back the Disney Resort's wallpaper, the extent of the mold problem became readily apparent.
The Walt Disney Company prides itself on keeping up appearances. If mold can infect a Disney Resort, it can infect just about any building. Extensive mold found in the hallways and rooms of the Grand Floridian Hotel proves that even world class resorts must come to terms with this growing problem. Joan Manangu, of the Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida in a letter writes, "The mold issues have been remedied."