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Credit: TikTok/Bren Ladd

Cast Member wrangles live snake at Magic Kingdom as she moves it out of Guests’ walkway

Disney Cast Members are magical, and most will stop at nothing to ensure the safety and happiness of Guests at Disney World. But one Cast Member recently went above and beyond–even to the point of putting her own safety in jeopardy. And we have to admit, she exhibited amazing bravery as well.

Is there anything a Disney Cast Member can’t do? Each Disney World Cast Member and Disneyland Cast Member is tasked with doing his or her part to provide the safest, most enjoyable Guest experience for each person with whom he or she visits at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort in California. And that can mean carrying out a variety of job responsibilities.

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It might mean helping lost parents find their little ones. It could mean directing Guests to the nearest restrooms. It might mean playing the role of a beloved Disney character, being a show performer at a Disney Park, or working as a ride operator at Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, or the World-Famous Jungle Cruise.

Sometimes it means telling Guests when the 3:00 p.m. parade begins (yes, we’re serious). But we’re not sure we ever envisioned a Disney Cast Member being tasked with wrangling wildlife at a Disney theme park, especially when it’s not at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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But that’s exactly what took place last month when Bren Ladd, a Disney travel agent, visited Walt Disney World with her husband for a “kid-free weekend.” As they were leaving Magic Kingdom for the day, Bren and her husband noticed a “small circle starting to form” near the entrance of the theme park.

“I noticed this amazing Cast Member trying to move a snake away from the turnstiles,” she said. “She didn’t seem fazed by it; she’s probably done it before.”

Ladd posted a video of the snake-wrangling Cast Member at Magic Kingdom to TikTok on April 29, and as of late last week, it had been viewed almost 2 million times.

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“It wasn’t a big deal and people weren’t freaking out,” Ladd said. “I just wanted to capture how the whole interaction went down.”

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The video shows a female Cast Member at Magic Kingdom, attempting to remove a snake from a main thoroughfare in the park. As she works to move the slithery creature, another Cast Member works to direct the flow of foot traffic around the area where the snake is on the ground.

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Ladd says that the conscientious Disney employee was able to move the snake to an area of bushes away from the path of Magic Kingdom Guests.

“I find it ironic,” she said. “I started my TikTok page to get my name out there as a Disney travel planner. But the video of mine that went viral will probably deter people from booking their trip or going to Florida in general.”

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Snakes and alligators are unwelcome but not uncommon in Florida, especially in and near bodies of water. In 2016, a toddler was killed by an alligator as he played near the water’s edge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Since that time, the amount of signage about wildlife in and near the water on Disney property has increased, and more than 220 alligators have been removed from the property.

226 alligators removed from Disney World since toddler's death 5 years ago

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Guests are warned to stay away from bodies of water on Disney property as snakes and alligators are plentiful in the Sunshine State. And while this Disney World Cast Member‘s job description probably says nothing specifically about being a snake handler, surely Guests at Magic Kingdom that day were thankful she was brave enough to do what needed to be done.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!