Disney World is often referred to as the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’, and it attracts visitors from all over the globe. But a Louisiana family’s recent trip to the world’s most popular tourist attraction turned out to be less than cheery, leaving the trio covered in bed bug bites and with some very unwelcome traveling companions when they headed back home.

When Vacations Go Wrong

When Ashley and Robert LaCombe took their son to Disney World last April they were all looking forward to spending a few days basking in the Florida sun while enjoying all of the fun and excitement the famous theme park had to offer. After checking into Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort, however, the family soon began to have seconds thoughts. Their rooms, it turned out, were already occupied – by a colony of hungry bed bugs.

At first, of course, the LaCombes didn’t notice that anything was awry. They unpacked and dived into their long awaited vacation. however, before they began to experience the telltale skin irritation that accompanies an attack by bed bugs. They notified the resort’s staff and, with their vacation at an end, headed back to Louisiana. Unfortunately, they had some company on their return trip.

Trouble at Home

As is so often the case, some of the bed bugs from the LaCombe’s hotel room had made their way into the family’s luggage. After returning home it didn’t take long for those same bed bugs to start breeding and multiplying. Soon, the LaCombes had a full-scale infestation on their hands. Naturally, they called in professional inspectors and exterminators to address the problem. But it has been a hard fight that has cost the family dearly, both financially and emotionally.

Family Sues Disney

The LaCombes are currently suing the All-Star Movie Resort and Disney for damages in the amount of $75,000. The case has been transferred to a federal court in Orlando pending final resolution. Disney’s representatives have made no formal public comment on the pending litigation.