June 24, 2024

Walt Disney World was held hostage by a bear that was on the free for a number of hours within the Orlando, Florida, theme park Monday, as accounts indicated nearly half of the Magic Kingdom was closed because of this. 

As of simply earlier than 1 p.m., Disney stated it made the choice to reopen Frontierland, Liberty Sq. and Adventureland at Magic Kingdom, as crews remained “on web site and dealing on capturing and relocating the bear.”

“We’re working with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fee and have made the choice to reopen Frontierland, Liberty Sq. and Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park,” a Disney spokesperson instructed Fox Information Digital. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee (FWC) confirmed it “is conscious of a black bear reported in a tree on Walt Disney World property on the Magic Kingdom.” 

FWC later confirmed the bear had been safely captured.

“Biologists with the FWC’s Bear Administration Program, in addition to FWC Regulation Enforcement officers, have safely captured the grownup, feminine bear. Most often, it’s best for bears to be given house and to maneuver alongside on their very own, however given this example, workers have captured the animal and are relocating the bear out of the park to an space in or across the Ocala Nationwide Forest,” the Fee stated in an announcement.

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“Biologists with the FWC’s Bear Administration Program, in addition to FWC Regulation Enforcement officers, are on scene. Most often, it’s best for bears to be given house and to maneuver alongside on their very own, however given this example, workers are engaged on capturing and relocating the bear,” FWC stated in an announcement. 

In the course of the fall, bears are extra energetic as they seek for meals to pack on fats reserves for the winter, in keeping with the fee, including, “this explicit bear was doubtless transferring by the realm trying to find meals.” 

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An entranceway to Walt Disney World on Could 22, 2023, in Orlando. (Joe Raedle / Getty Pictures)

 “The FWC reminds folks that if you happen to see a bear, to offer it house and by no means strategy or feed it. To study extra about bears and easy methods to keep away from conflicts with them, go to MyFWC.com/Bear or BearWise.org,” the assertion added. “Contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) if you happen to really feel threatened by a bear; observe a sick, injured, lifeless or orphaned bear; or to report somebody who’s both harming bears or deliberately feeding them.”

The affirmation comes after a number of stories from WDWMAGIC sources earlier Monday stated a bear was noticed in a tree close to Huge Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland. 

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Cinderella Fort on the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Saturday, June 3, 2023. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune Information Service by way of / Getty Pictures)

WDWMAGIC sources stated workers, generally known as Disney solid members, had been stationed on the Liberty Sq. and Adventureland entrances, stopping friends from getting into the park’s western aspect.

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The corporate’s “My Disney Expertise” app listed all the points of interest as “Quickly Closed.” As of 10 a.m., the Magic Kingdom rides Nation Bear Jamboree, Huge Thunder Mountain, Corridor of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Swiss Household Tree Home, Walt Disney World Railroad and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room had been all reportedly closed. 

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Walt Disney World on Could 22, 2023, in Orlando.  (Joe Raedle / Getty Pictures)

The positioning Mickey Views cited a supply as saying a solid member found the bear throughout a routine pre-opening verify of the caves on Tom Sawyer’s Island. 

The animal was discovered inside one of many slim underground passageways on the island, in keeping with the weblog, prompting Disney to regulate the opening process for the park. 

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Solely the suitable aspect of the park was opened, as crews labored to take away the animal. The incident reportedly doubled wait instances at points of interest over the remainder of the park. 

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